Luna Park Melbourne is an old-fashioned amusement park and its iconic entrance is on many a Melbourne postcard.
Every time we visit St Kilda the kids plead to go inside the ‘big scary mouth’ and in the winter school holidays we are invited to visit Luna Park Melbourne for their Christmas in July festivities.
While Luna Park is a popular attraction in summer thanks to its beachside location, I actually think that winter is a better time to visit. Fewer people means fewer lines…and the more energetic rides will definitely keep you warm!
During the winter school holidays (Saturday 29 June to Sunday 14 July 2019) Luna Park is celebrating Christmas in July with Christmas decorations. On weekends you can expect hourly (fake) snow falls at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm and Santa will be available for photo opportunities and there's chocolate balls galore. Plus at 1pm on weekends Santa's Elves gather kids around for Santa's special Storytelling Sessions.
The Christmas activation runs for about 15 minutes so if you miss the hourly slot you’ll have to wait for the next hour. The set up is fun for junior kids but older kids may find it a bit kitsch.
Luckily there is lots to keep kids amused at Luna Park. On our visit unfortunately the iconic Scenic Railway and Carousel are closed for maintenance, which are probably the two ‘must-do’ rides at Luna Park.
Nevertheless the kids enjoy the Spider (though Lady AB is apprehensive at first), the Ferris Wheel and dodgem cars.
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There are also sideshow games and you can BYO food and water or buy food from the fairy floss stand and the diner caravan. Parties are hosted in the vintage tram!
Note there are height restrictions on rides, with some rides only available for kids taller than 110cm, 120cm or 130cm. Sometimes an adult can accompany a shorter child on a particular ride.
Luna Park is one of the must-do activities that every Melburnian needs to visit at least once. It you only want to go on a few rides then a single ride ticket will suffice, or go nuts and get unlimited rides for better value for money. Entertainment Book get 25% off unlimited ride tickets and Small Ideas members get 20% off.
Note you can also save money by bringing your own food and water, unlike other amusement parks I’ve visited. Or make a day of it with a visit to the St Kilda foreshore and enjoy fish and chips by the water at Paper Fish.
- If you want to enter Luna Park Melbourne without going on any rides there’s a $5 entry fee. There is no entry fee for children 3 years and under.
- You can upgrade to a ride ticket anytime.
- Luna Park ride tickets must be purchased from the ticket office at the entrance. You can buy single ride tickets or get an unlimited ride wristband.
- Buy your tickets online and you have 12 months to use them.
- All ride tickets include the $5 entry fee.
- Annual passes are available $120 any age.
- Entertainment Book get 25% off unlimited ride tickets and Small Ideas members get 20% off.
- There are height restrictions on rides, with some rides only available for kids taller than 110cm, 120cm or 130cm. Sometimes an adult can accompany a shorter child on a particular ride.
- You can bring your own food and drinks or purchase food from the vendors.
- Note that there’s not a lot of shelter, so bring sunscreen and hats in summer and warm clothes in winter.
- All paths are pram accessible;
- Closest parking is at Beaconsfield Parade, Jacka Boulevard and the carparks near Palais Theatre. It’s $5.40 per hour or $12.40 for the whole day. Credit card payment available;
- Trams No.96/16/3/67 and 79 stop at the entrance.