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Luna Park

Enjoy old-fashioned thrills and state-of-the-art spills at this famous Melbourne landmark.

Melbourne’s Luna Park on the edge of Port Phillip Bay occupies a very special place in the city’s history. When the park was opened in 1912, its bright lights and breathtaking rollercoasters were a novelty – no one had seen anything like it before in the quiet suburb of St Kilda. Largely closed during the First World War, it regained its wild popularity following a spectacular relaunch in 1923. During the Second World War the park stayed defiantly open, its only concession being to dim its lights at night so as not to attract enemy bombers.

Many of the historic rides are still in operation today, although the iconic Big Dipper was destroyed by a fire in the 1980s. You can still ride around the perimeter of the park on the heritage-listed Great Scenic Railway, the world’s oldest continually operating rollercoaster, taking in the same fabulous views over Port Phillip Bay that visitors have been enjoying for a century.

Modern thrill-seekers can get their adrenaline kicks on white-knuckle rides like the Pharaoh’s Curse and G-Force while, for those of a more nervous disposition, there are old-fashioned family favourites including colourful carousels and the gentle highs of the Ferris wheel.

To reach Luna Park, take the tram from central Melbourne (two services stop directly outside) or come by car and take advantage of nearby street parking. The park is open on weekends, school holidays and public holidays, but it’s advisable to check the website in advance for opening hours and days as these can vary. Entrance to the park is free but rides and shows are subject to charge. An unlimited day pass is a convenient way to make sure you don’t miss out on anything. Snacks can be bought inside the park, or you can bring your own food, and lockers are available to rent so you can store your picnic while you ride.

How about making your visit to Luna Park even more unforgettable? Remember to try out one or two of these activities:

Want to experience this popular attraction in the best possible way? Then you can't go past a Melbourne Pub Crawl.

For many more things to do, examine our St Kilda things to do page.


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Cosmopolitan Hotel AU$100
Cosmopolitan Hotel

Cosmopolitan Hotel

6 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, VIC
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly St Kilda hotel is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Luna Park and Palais Theatre. St Kilda Beach and Albert Park Lake are also within 2 mi (3 km). Balaclava Station is 17 minutes by foot and Ripponlea Station is 24 minutes.

    Rydges St Kilda AU$135
    Rydges St Kilda

    Rydges St Kilda

    35-37 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, VIC
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly St Kilda hotel is located on the Strip, within a 10-minute walk of Fitzroy Street, St Kilda Pier and St. Kilda Sea Baths. Palais Theatre and Luna Park are also within 15 minutes. Windsor Station is 23 minutes by foot and Balaclava Station is 28 minutes.

      Quest St Kilda Bayside AU$182
      Quest St Kilda Bayside

      Quest St Kilda Bayside

      1 Eildon Road, St Kilda, VIC
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the entertainment district, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Fitzroy Street, Luna Park and Palais Theatre. St Kilda Pier and St Kilda Road are also within 15 minutes. Balaclava Station is 25 minutes by foot and Windsor Station is 26 minutes.

        Adina Apartment Hotel St Kilda Melbourne AU$113
        Adina Apartment Hotel St Kilda Melbourne

        Adina Apartment Hotel St Kilda Melbourne

        157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, VIC
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the entertainment district, this spa aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of CitiPower Centre Junction Oval, Luna Park and St Kilda Beach. Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Cricket Ground are also within 6 mi (10 km). Windsor Station is 17 minutes by foot and Prahran Station is 22 minutes.

          Crest on Barkly AU$95
          Crest on Barkly

          Crest on Barkly

          47 Barkly St, St Kilda, VIC
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St Kilda Road and Fitzroy Street. Luna Park and Palais Theatre are also within 1 mile (2 km). Windsor Station is 15 minutes by foot and Prahran Station is 20 minutes.

            Cleo, 1BDR St Kilda Apartment
            Cleo, 1BDR St Kilda Apartment

            Cleo, 1BDR St Kilda Apartment

            212/63 Acland St, St Kilda, VIC
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in St Kilda, this apartment building is steps away from Luna Park and Palais Theatre. St Kilda Beach and Fitzroy Street are also within 15 minutes. Balaclava Station is 20 minutes by foot and Ripponlea Station is 27 minutes.

              Readyset Luna Melbourne AU$227
              Readyset Luna Melbourne

              Readyset Luna Melbourne

              63 Acland St, St Kilda, VIC
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this apartment building is steps away from Luna Park and Palais Theatre. St Kilda Beach and Fitzroy Street are also within 15 minutes. Balaclava Station is 20 minutes by foot and Ripponlea Station is 27 minutes.

                CLEO, 1BDR St.Kilda Apartment
                CLEO, 1BDR St.Kilda Apartment

                CLEO, 1BDR St.Kilda Apartment

                212/63 Acland Street, St Kilda, VIC
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in St Kilda, this apartment building is steps away from Luna Park and Palais Theatre. St Kilda Beach and Fitzroy Street are also within 15 minutes. Balaclava Station is 20 minutes by foot and Ripponlea Station is 27 minutes.