If you fancy a day of rides, fairy floss and amusement then you can’t go past Melbourne’s own Luna Park. Running since 1912, the park has become something of an icon with its toothy entrance way and well-known attractions. It continues to be popular with tourists and locals alike, as well as a great place for kids to visit during the school holidays.
Luna Park is located on the Lower Esplanade a few minutes from St. Kilda Beach and is easily accessible via public transport. A list of trams to take can be seen here and parking is also available at a flat rate of $7 a day.
The park is open 11am-6pm on weekends in Winter and until 11pm (Fridays and Saturdays) in Summer. Entry to Luna Park is free, however tickets are required for the rides. You can purchase an unlimited ride ticket ($27.95 for children and $37.95 for adults) or a single ride ticket ($6 for children and $8 for adults) if you don’t like the idea of riding the ghost train twice.
Rides range from the more daring to those suitable for all the family, such as the carousel or Ferris wheel. The Scenic Railway roller coaster which circles the park is always a popular ride and guarantees great views of the beach. For those less keen on the rides, there are also plenty of carnival games to test your skills.
From the 27th June the ‘Luna Freeze’ ice skating rink will also open, where you can skate and glide in an open air arena.
Food and drinks (including traditional carnival treats like fairy floss and hot dogs) are available on site. Show bags and merchandise can also be purchased at the gift shop. Before you head out, the faq page is worth a look to ensure a bump-free ride.