Luna Park is an amusement park in Melbourne, Australia. The historic park is located in the St Kilda area right near the beach, overlooking Port Phillip Bay. The carnival-style park has been open for more than a century.
The park is known for its iconic entrance: the open mouth of Mr. Moon’s face. The Melbourne location was the first of five Luna Parks built in Australia, but the Sydney location is the only other park that is also still operating.
Luna Park is a popular destination for families and has several kid friendly rides. But there are also a few rides that will appease thrill seekers. The park has around 20 rides and 4 major attractions.
My favorite ride is the Scenic Railway Roller Coaster. The wooden roller coaster climbs, dips and twists as it travels around the outside of Luna Park. It provides stunning views of the gorgeous beach area that surrounds the park. The Scenic Railway is the world’s oldest continually operating wooden roller coaster and one of a few coasters around the world that has a standing brakeman in control aboard the carriages.
The park also hosts several events during the year, including a hot dog eating contest, Halloween themed nights and Christmas gala events. During the summer months, the park also opens a few nights of the week. It’s good to plan ahead for events at the park and purchase tickets online.
Entry into the park is free, but you’ll need to purchase tickets for the rides. Tickets are fairly pricey. Single ride tickets for adults (13+ years) are $10.95, while an adult unlimited ride ticket for the day is $49.50. There are a couple of deals for unlimited ride family packages, which give a discount of up to 15%. Tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket booth on site.
There are a few restaurant options available in the park, but you are also allowed to bring in your own food and drinks. Opening days and hours vary during the year, so it’s best to check the park’s website to see when the park will be open for your visit.
Getting to the park is quite easy. Parking is available right next to Luna Park for $5 an hour or $12 for the day. Public Transport also provides easy access to the park. Trams 3a (weekends only), 16 and 96 all stop just outside the park at stop 138-Luna Park/The Esplanade (St Kilda).