As we headed towards St Kilda to stay for the weekend we were holding a big secret back from the girls…we would be going to Luna Park for the day! They have seen plenty of pictures of it and have been past it while we have been in that area before and have always wanted to visit but until then we had not been. I have been when I was much younger and so had Mark but it would be a fantastic day out for all of us.
Luna Park St Kilda…fun for every family member!
Luna Park Ride Prices (unlimited rides)
Unlimited Rides Family Pass: $149.90
0-3 Years Unlimited Rides: $17.50
4-12 Years Unlimited Rides: $39.95
13+ Years Unlimited Rides: $49.95
Luna Park Ride Prices (single ride)
0-3 Single Ride Price: $4.95
4-12 Single Ride Price: $9.95
13+ Single Ride Price: $10.95
There is a $2 entry fee for anyone entering Luna Park St Kilda.
Rides are something that scares me a little bit so I was worried. Would there be some I would like, would there be enough to keep the girls happy, would there be ones that the girls didn’t reach required heights…then I thought, hang on, am I just totally scared of having some fun?!!
Sunday morning came, we got up and had some breakfast before heading to the Esplanade Sunday Market for a visit. The Luna Park face had been taunting the girls since we had arrived on Saturday afternoon but for some strange reason, neither of them had asked if we were going. We got some great Turkish Delight from the market and a couple of other things before heading to Luna Park. Just out the front, we got them to pose for some photo’s and then gave them the news. They were so excited and there was plenty of screaming and shouting.
We made our way over to the booth to get our passes and then we were off and racing. At 11 am there were not too many people in Luna Park so keeping an eye on them was not too hard and the wait for the rides was not a long one.As I said before I am not a big fan of the rides and they are not something that I go on a lot but we were at Luna Park and I was ready! The girls made a beeline for the first ride in there and that was a pirate ship.
They both loved it and went on it a few more times before we encouraged them to explore more of Luna Park. It seemed to go on forever and before we knew it the girls were off again looking for a new thrill. There really is something for everyone at Luna Park. Marley is the dare-devil here at Wyld Family Travel and to be honest Mark and I have a little bit of trouble keeping up with her at times. So for her, the big and scary rides were right up her alley whereas the slower and calmer ones were perfect for Willow.
On this day that we attended both the Carousel and the Scenic Railway were undergoing some repairs to them so they were closed. These are two of the most iconic rides at Luna Park St Kilda and for Melbourne really. Luna Park St Kilda has been a family park for over 100 years now and there would not be too many people who live in Victoria who have not visited it at some stage during their lifetime. We decided then a return trip would have to be made as soon as the repairs were finished.
Top Tips for Luna Park St Kilda:
- All Luna Park ride prices include the $2 entry fee
- Chidren 3 years and under are free to enter Luna Park St Kilda
- All Luna Park ride tickets must be purchased from the ticket box. They are not available anyywhere else in Luna Park
- You can take your own food in and enjoy lunch or you can purchase food from the vendors.
- There is not a lot of shade within the park (but it is something that is being worked on as the second time we went there was much more)
- You can buy an unlimited ride entry or you can get tickets for a certain amount of rides.
- There really is something for everyone there.
- On a hot day take plenty to drink.
- If you live close consider a yearly pass…they are great value or if you have family why not give them a voucher to Luna Park St Kilda.
Our return to Luna Park St Kilda
The Scenic Railway was one of the biggest reasons that we had originally decided to go to Luna Park and when it was shut we decided that we would return once it’s repairing was completed to ride it. As we said it is 100 years old so to keep it in tip-top shape it does need to be repaired regularly. When we first arrived there were not too many people in the park so we headed straight there. I could not tell you who was more happy about being on it, the girls or Mark! It really is a ride that brings back so many memories from his childhood visit! They went on the ride a few times before the lines became long and we decided to go on some different ones. Mark and Marley headed straight for the new water ride that was not there on our previous visit. They were both laughing and they both just got a little bit wet! There was also a Christmas themed pavilion that Marley really enjoyed and she also got a go on the Ice rink…not very common in the Aussie summer!
Where did we stay in St Kilda
The Cosmopolitan Hotel is just up the road from Luna Park. A 5-minute walk will see you at the Park. The Cosmopolitan Hotel has rooms for singles right up to multi-bedroom rooms for families. Onsite restaurant for breakfast and dinners. Acland Street with its restaurants and coffee shops id 100 meters away. Each well-equipped room features free and on-site .The Cosmopolitan puts you in the heart of St Kilda.
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Yet again our day at Luna Park St Kilda was filled with smiles and laughter! We got to tick off the Scenic Railway as a family and give our daughters a memory to hopefully share with their children in the future.
I highly recommend Luna Park for families. It isn’t over-crowded and crazy like some places although I am sure it does have it’s crazy busy days. I believe it is great value for money especially when you can take your own food in as well (although I didn’t think that the food or drinks were over-priced within the park either) The best bit was that there was a ride for every one of our family members. This is a hard feat to achieve with us all so different but it is done very well at Luna Park St Kilda.
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