Now over a century old, Luna Park beachside at St Kilda is a much loved landmark bursting with fun and unique photo opportunities.
It may not be as sophisticated as Australia’s big, modern theme parks, but what Luna Park lacks in high-tech thrills, it makes up for in vintage charm and historic character.
Entry is free so even if you’re not into rides and carnival games, go in and check out the retro attractions, including the world’s oldest operating rollercoaster – the ancient but awesome Scenic Railway.
Kids of all ages love Luna Park. It’s also a cool place to go on a date. After having a big laugh together on the rides, you can then head to nearby eateries, bars, and live music venues for grown-up good times.
Things to do at Luna Park
The atmosphere is olde-worlde carnival from the moment you enter grinning Mr Moon’s giant mouth. So soaking up the vibe is the first thing to do at Luna Park.
There are lots of rides, games and sideshows that the whole family can get a kick out of. Even tiny tots are able to get in on the action as there are several rides just for them.
Luna Park Highlights
Carousel is Luna Park’s spectacular showpiece, with 68 individually painted and colourfully decorated horses and chariots.
Scenic Railway is the iconic, world-famous heart of Luna Park. It rattles its way around the Park’s perimeter, with plenty of heart-in-mouth dips and turns, plus fabulous views of Port Phillip Bay and St Kilda.
Silly Serpent is a mini rollercoaster ride for small children, with just enough slides and spins to entertain without making them cry. Fingers crossed.
Pharaohs’ Curse is a modern ride offering the only opportunity in Melbourne to see Port Phillip Bay upside down.
Circus of Screams is an interactive, walk-through experience within a Big Top tent. It’s great for a laugh if you’re an adult and scary fun if you’re a kid.
Sky Rider is a classic Ferris Wheel that delivers both thrills and terrific views.
Hot tips for visiting Luna Park
Food at Luna Park is pretty good. The options include healthy meals, traditional carnival food, and a 1950s diner – the perfect excuses for not filling your handbag with kids’ snacks and vegemite sandwiches.
Tickets bought online at off-peak prices are valid for a full day of fun anytime in the next 12 months. See Luna Park tickets for more information, or to book.