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Luna Park

Architect: TH Eslick

South | S08

Luna Park, Melbourne’s iconic amusement park, has excited and delighted guests for over 105 years. In 1912, the JD Williams Amusement Company created a futuristic world of crazy possibilities and endless escapes, immediately embedding itself into the culture of bayside St Kilda. Today, Luna Park retains the charm of yesterday with rides and architecture from a century ago alongside contemporary thrill rides that still keep guests screaming for more. The famous Luna Park Face has changed many times over the course of 10 decades. Originally it was made from chicken wire, hessian and cement render, and had illuminated eyes that rolled from side to side. The face underwent its most recent facial reconstruction in 1997. Luna Park’s Great Scenic Railway is 105 years old and is the oldest continuously operating roller coaster of its kind in the world. The track was originally built from 65,674 metres of Oregon pine that was shipped from Canada in 1911. The Ghost Train was purchased from the Pretzel Amusement Company (USA) in 1934 and became the symbol of the park after the Great Depression. The Carousel is 104 years old and has been restored to its original glory by a team of experts. 

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 3pm-5pm - Booking required for this building

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: Scenic Railway motor room, the Scenic Railway maintenance shed, the Carousel and Carousel motor room, the Ghost Train

  • Special Note: Normal Park regulations and ride restrictions apply.

  • Tour Type: S08

  • Tour Details: First release Friday 13 July 8:30 am until booked out, second release Friday 20 July 8:30 am until booked out, small booking fee applies. Tours at 3pm & 4pm, running for 60minutes, in groups of 20

  • Access: Limited mobility

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Year Built: 1912

  • Transport: Stop 138: The Esplanade/Cavell St on routes 3/3a, 16 and 96.

  • Photo Credit: Michael Kluge


18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda 3182, VIC


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