It's sometimes best to keep things to yourself. I wish my friend had. We were at Luna Park in St. Kilda, about to venture onto The Scenic Railway. She cocked her head looking up at the wooden structure, "Did you know this is the world's oldest, continually operating rollercoaster in the world?". Not exactly the most reassuring thing to know when you're about to get on.
The Scenic Railway is the world's oldest, continually operating rollercoaster in the world. Image : Stevage, Wikimedia Commons
A heady mix of excitement, adrenalin and fear combined with the sickly, sweet smell of fairy floss infiltrate my memories of Luna Park. These memories and others will be celebrated when the park pays tribute to 100 years of swashbuckling fun in December.
Mr Moonface, the illuminated entry to Luna Park, has become an iconic landmark of Melbourne since opening its gates on the 13th of December 1912. Rather like the Scenic Railway, the history of Luna Park is marked by highs and lows. The advent of different forms of entertainment, introduction of stringent regulations and a few untimely mishaps have threatened the future of the park at different times. In recent years a number of rides, such as the Scenic Railway and Grand Carousal, have been restored. The introduction of popular rides such as The Coney Island Top Drop, have also helped to reignite interest.
Mr Moonface has become an iconic landmark of Melbourne.
The Centenary Program is action packed, with something for the whole family. Entry to the park is free, although there are limited passes to the Community Centenary Day.
Community Centenary Day Thursday the 13th of December It's rumoured that the Community Centenary Day on Thursday the 13th of December is going to be the highlight of the program. All rides will be open and Anthony Callea and Daryl Braithwaite will be there to entertain the crowd. Tickets to this event are limited and can be obtained by filling out the online ballot form.
Summer Nights Friday the 14th of December Late night fun at Luna Park begins on Friday the 14th of December. Over Summer the park will be open from 7pm - 11pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. All rides will be open and the crowd will be entertained by live music.
Back to 1912 Weekend 15th and 16th of December
Roving entertainment, Dixieland Jazz, The Tea Terrace and Vintage Treats will help take you back to 1912. The park is open from 11am until 11pm on Saturday the 15th of December and 11am until 8pm on Sunday the 16th of December.
You can easily catch a tram to get to Luna Park from the Melbourne CBD. For more details click here.