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Visiting Luna Park in Melbourne
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The Luna Park in Melbourne is a historic amusement park opened in 1912 and is one of the oldest Luna Parks in Australia that is still operating until now.

Get ready to have fun at Luna Park Melbourne

Get ready to have fun at Luna Park Melbourne

History of Luna Park

History of Luna Park

Luna Park was opened for public on 13 December 1912 after two years of construction. From the beginning, Luna Park always has the Mr. Moon at the entrance, waiting for people to come in and join the fun. Even during the World War I, the Great Scenic Railway that is always become a favorite ride in the park was still operating. Though there were reduced operations in the park. The park was also opened for patriotic or fundraising events at that moment. Then, in 1923, the park has its grand opening after went through some renovations. The park went under a great renovation again in 2001 and introduced some new rides. In 2012, Luna Park celebrated its 100th anniversary and released a book detailing the history of the park. In 2015, the park added a new permanent building that is used as a food outlet building and function space.

The Great Scenic Railway

The Great Scenic Railway

The Great Scenic Railway has been one of the most popular rides inside the Luna Park. This wooden roller coaster will give you heart-stopping dips and turns. The ride also has a unique breaker pin, made for the employees of Luna Park who drove this historic ride. The ride will take about 3 and a half minutes with the speed of 60 kmph to go on its 967 metres long track. Children must be at least 110cm to be able to ride this roller coaster. Not just the thrill, you will also be pleased with the amazing view of Port Phillip Bay. However, take note that sometimes the ride will undergo maintenance. You can also try the smaller roller coaster named Silly Serpent.

Ghost Train

Ghost Train

Ghost Train is another famous ride in Luna Park with horror theme. Built in 1934, the Ghost Train is a one of the only few original Dark Rides left in the world. The Ghost Train is famous for its scary ghosts that you will meet inside and in 1994, it is classified by the National Trust. To enter, children must be at least 100 cm height. Children with height less than 100 cm must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

Carousel Ride

Carousel Ride

The Carousel in Luna Park is opened in 1913 and is known as the Jewel in the Crown. It is built with hand painted 68 horses and chariots, with each horse has its own name and uniqueness. In 1937, the Carousel was turned into a giant birthday cake with 25 huge candles on its roof to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Luna Park. In the same event, five thousand balloons were released and couples that celebrated their silver wedding anniversary in that year were invited to a special ball at Palais de Danse, next to the Luna Park.

Pharaohs Curse

Pharaohs Curse

The Pharaoh's Curse is another way to enjoy the view of Port Phillip Bay. However, here you will see the view upside down. Opened in 1984, the ride got a lot of fans in a short time because of the sensation that it caused. If you are a fan of such ride, then you must also try The Power Surge, Twin Dragon, Enterprise, and Coney Island Top Drop that will surely make you scream. While if you want to slow it down and just enjoy the view, you can ride the Sky Rider that offers you the best view of the town.

Rides for your kids

Rides for your kids

Luna Park is made not just for adults, but for the kids as well. There are some rides that are designated for children. Those are the Red Baron, the Bumper Car as known as Street Legal, and The Road Runner. You can also take them to try some mini games in the Game Huts and Carnival Games, or take them around to a quick tour with the Betty Choo Choo. For a more futuristic ride, you can step into the Holodeck, a VR Capsule of Luna Park.

Insider Tips

How to Get Tickets?

Tickets to Luna Park can be bought on its official website. You will be able to get discount if you are buying a family pass or coming in a large group. You can also get cheaper price by purchasing the annual pass if you are planning to come a few times in a year to the park.

How To Get Around?

To get around, you can walk through the whole park, or you can take a quick tour by riding the Betty Choo Choo that will take you around Luna Park.

What Should I Wear?

There is no recommended dress code for visiting Luna Park. If you want to take many rides inside, it is better to wear comfortable clothes. However, remember to check the weather as well before visiting the park.

Facts

Best Time to Visit

Luna Park can be very crowded during school holidays or peak season, so it is better to avoid those times. Check the website first to know whether it is under maintenance at the moment or not.

Currency

Australian Dollar (AUD)

Will I Need a Guide?

You don't need a guide to visit Luna Park.

How To Get There?

You can get to Luna Park with tram number 16 or 96 to St Kilda Beach. During the weekend, there is an extra tram numbered 3a that you can ride also. If you are going by train, take the Sandringham Line and get off at Balaclava Station. You can also ride bus route 246, 600, 606, or 623 to St Kilda.

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