Serious fun at Luna Park St Kilda (Melbourne)

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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 St Kilda for the day! They have seen plenty of pictures of the huge Luna Park mouth and have been past it while we have been in that area before. We 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:                    $155.00

0-3 Years Unlimited Rides:                        $18.00

4-12 Years Unlimited Rides:                      $41.50

13+ Years Unlimited Rides:                       $51.50

Luna Park Ride Prices (single ride)

0-3 Single Ride Price:                                $5.00

4-12 Single Ride Price:                              $10.50

13+ Single Ride Price:                               $11.50

There is a $5 entry fee for anyone entering Luna Park even if you are not going on any of the Luna Park Melbourne rides.

Luna Park Melbourne Rides

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?!!

ferris wheel at Luna Park

Sunday morning came, we got up and had some breakfast before heading to the Esplanade Sunday Market for a visit. Visiting the Esplanade Market in St Kilda is one of the best free things to do in Melbourne…well unless you do end up buying something! The Luna Park mouth 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 to Luna Park St Kilda.

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. It was time for some Luna Park Melbourne rides to happen.

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 the Luna Park Melbourne rides. 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 St Kilda.

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 107 years now and there would not be too many people who live in Victoria who had 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 Beach

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 longer 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 Australian summer!

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 Australian summer!

Where can I park at Luna Park.

Parking near Luna Park Melbourne can be limited and it also has ticket machines where you must pay for Luna Park parking Melbourne. We got to Luna Park quite early in the morning and we had no problems getting parking near Luna Park Melbourne.

Make sure you do have some coins with you and that you display your validated Luna Park parking Melbourne ticket or you could get a fine.

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.

Getting to Melbourne:

  • Melbourne is the second biggest city in Australia. Melbourne International Airport is 23 kilometres from the city centre.
  • Melbourne is serviced by many international airlines and budget carriers Jetstar, Tiger. Scoot and AirAsia just to name a few. You can check the prices of international flights to Australia with Expedia. Domestic flights can be booked with webjet 
  • There is no direct public transport link with Melbourne Airport. You can catch the Skybus or you can book an airport transfer with Suntransfers who we have personally used on many occasions,
  • You can book a rental car and have it waiting for you at Melbourne Airport.

Getting around Melbourne:

myki is Melbourne’s ticketing system to travel on the city’s trains, trams and buses. International and interstate visitors coming to Victoria can buy a myki Explorer pack. The myki pack combines a ready to use myki card, visitor information and special offers for travellers. It’s a great option for visitors who choose to explore Melbourne and regional Victoria by public transport!. You need to touch your myki card on and off when you use the public transport system.
The Free Tram Zone in Melbourne’s CBD makes easy to move around the city. On the free trams, you do not need to touch on and off with a myki. Download the Free Tram Zone map on the Maps page.

Where to stay in Melbourne:

  • Melbourne has accommodation options for every budget from Hostels, to apartments and hotels rooms
  • Hostels in Melbourne can start from as little as $21 a night for a shared dorm room. Check out Trip Advisor for the top 10 ranked hostels in Melbourne. You can book your stay directly from the page.
  • You can search Airbnb for there Melbourne accommodation offerings. If you have never used Airbnb before get yourself $50 credit by signing and booking a stay right HERE
  • Hotels in Melbourne generally start from around $100 a night for a double room and increase incrementally as the luxury rating rises towards 5 stars. Google states that 3-star averaging $113, 5-star averaging $314 for a night stay. You can compare and book your stay on Agoda, and 

Weather in Melbourne

Melbourne enjoys warm summers, sunny spring days, mild autumns and crisp winters. Sometimes you will see these four seasons in one day!
With its every changing climate, Melbourne turns the heat up from December to February (summer) bring your hats and sunscreen. It cools down March to May (autumn), but don’t be surprised to see 30 degree days during this time. Winter brings the chill in from June to August (winter) so pack your umbrellas and coats. The weather warms up again in the spring months of September to November (spring).

Melbourne’s top temperatures are usually in January and February where days in the high 30’s and low 40’s are probable. Those months are often dry, with hot spells and cooling afternoon breezes off Port Phillip Bay. June and July are the coldest months, and October is the wettest.
Melbourne is often maligned for its weather. It receives 650mm of rain annually − less rain than Sydney.

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Serious fun at Luna Park St Kilda (Melbourne)

5 thoughts on “Serious fun at Luna Park St Kilda (Melbourne)”

  1. I love how this park gives you options for ticketing. Sometimes I only want to ride on a few things to it doesn’t make sense to buy an all-pass and buying individual tickets make more sense. I also think it’s a huuuge plus when you can bring our own food and drinks into a park. Saves both time and money 🙂

  2. Luna Park looks like a lot of fun! I’ve not yet been to Melbourne, but it’s really high on my list. You gave some great tips for visiting, good to know we can take our own food.

  3. Luna Park looks like so much fun! I saw the exterior when I was in Melbourne but didn’t go inside. The original Luna Park is in Coney Island in New York (where I come from) so I’d like to see the Australian version. The pricing seems very reasonable too.

  4. This sounds like a great time! Good to know the Luna Park ride tickets must be purchased from the ticket box and are not available anywhere else in the park. Also nice to know you can bring your own food. Would love to visit one day!

  5. This really reminds me of my first time to Melbourne. Actually I did a long weekend with a girlfriend where we spent two days in Sydney then two days in Melbourne. Although we did go to St Kilda, we actually visited Luna Park in Sydney (I have no idea which one is better). I remember one of the rides where it was kind of like the gravatron but with no bottom. So much fun! Sounds like you had a blast too.


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