Luna Park, a Melbourne favourite.
Taking our kids to Luna Park when visiting Melbourne is not a regular event, but done often enough that it is still great fun. Our routine with any theme park is to arrive when it opens and leave when it closes. Every hour is filled with very little stopping, getting excellent value for money overall!
The Park opened in December 1912. The first Luna Park was built in Coney Island in 1903, part of the Luna Park history many Melbournians would not realise as it is generally assumed to be unique to Australia. Sydney also has one, one the shores of the harbour with stunning views towards the city.
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Melbourne’s park is in St Kilda, a street renowned for cake shops and quirky boutique stores. St Kilda beach is a Melbourne favourite too and a walk out on the pier is a definite must do. At the end of the pier there is access to the marina and beyond the cafe is a rock breakwater that is home to Little Penguins. The breakwater was built in 1956 as a safe harbour for yachts during the Olympics. ‘Build it and they will come’! Certainly applicable to the little Penguins.
The Scenic Railway. An historic wooden roller coaster with super views across the bay and towards Melbourne.
Luna Park is not a massive theme park, but a good family park with enough rides and amusements to keep kids happy.
An old Melbourne Tram in Luna Park, used for birthday parties and groups. Often it is open to the public to use as a rest spot.
St Kilda Beach. Stand up paddle boarding, roller blading, sea baths, cafes and bike trails.
Walking out on the St Kilda Pier to the Marina.
Definitely a surprise… Little Penguins can be viewed at dusk on the breakwater at the end of the pier. No dogs, camera flashes or selfie sticks please! Donate as you enter and be quiet and respect the little birds.
Looking back to St Kilda Beach, a 10 minute walk to Luna Park.
Just one of the famous cake shops along Acland Street, St Kilda. Grab a tram from the city, walk or ride a bike!