Since 1912, crowds have been flocking through Mr. Moon’s gaping mouth in search of thrills, laughter and Just For Fun. Luna Park Melbourne was the first of its kind in Australia and shares a sister in Sydney; however, the park in St Kilda boasts more rides and more roller coasters, many of which date back to the 70s, with some like the Scenic Railway, Carousel and The Ghost Train dating back decades earlier. No matter whether you’re a thrill seeker or simply after some excitement, Luna Park Melbourne has a ride for you, and these six are among the best on offer. Get in line and have an unforgettable day.
Opened in December 1912, Luna Park’s Scenic Railway is the oldest continually operating roller coaster in the world and one of three roller coasters in the world to require a brakeman who stands in the middle of the train. The ride, which is just over three minutes long, carries guests around the perimeter of the park across a series of dips, climbs and turns, offering riders views of Port Phillip Bay and St Kilda. When headed to Luna Park, ride the Scenic Railway first as it attracts the longest lines and is the first ride to close during a rainstorm.
All aboard me hearties! Find your sea legs and ride the Japanese pirate ship across the high seas. This swinging ride has room enough for 40 crewmates and will make your stomach rise and fall as it rocks backwards and forwards for a two-minute journey across the perilous high seas. Twin Dragons delivers on the thrills while still appealing to pre-teens and adults alike.
Known as the ‘Jewel in the Crown,’ the Carousel was built in 1913 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and has been a magical fixture in the park ever since. The ride features 68 hand-painted horses and chariots, each with their own characteristics, and is an experience that both young and old can enjoy.
As one of only 16 ghost trains left in the world, this kid-friendly attraction is an important piece of Luna Park’s history. The ghostly buggies still run on the original tracks which date back to 1936, and once through the eerie doors, the ride takes the bravest passengers through a series of haunting passageways, including a ghostly portrait hall.
Best ridden on an empty stomach, the Spider has been leaving guests with dizzy spells since 1977. The devious creepy crawly has six arms, each with two rotating carriages, allowing him to spin 24 people at a time. The two-minute ride rotates in a circular motion while lifting the carriages up and back down. This ride is guaranteed to leave you feeling bug-eyed and uneasy.
See Port Phillip Bay from a new perspective on The Pharaoh’s Curse, which swings guests upside down for a hair-raising experience. The pendulum amusement ride has two partly enclosed carriages on the end of two moving arms which slice through the air higher and higher until they make a full rotation. The ride lasts approximately three minutes and attracts the most daring thrill seekers.