Hello out there, my name is Kyle and I am an amusement park nut and long time reader (first time poster) of Theme Park Review.
My wife Kirsten and I decided that Australia would be a nice place for a honeymoon so we made our plans for the end of August and the beginning of September and of course factored in some time to experience some of Australia's topsy turvy action.
So that's the preamble.
Luna Park Melbourne is located in the suburb/neighborhood of St. Kilda and is about a 20 minute train ride from downtown Melbourne. You can either take the train to the nearest station about a half mile away and an easy walk to the park or the St. Kilda tram which drops you off right in front. We opted for the train so that we could see more of the neighborhood which ended up being pretty cool. The park entrance sits dramatically on the corner of several major roads and is completely encircled by the Scenic Railway.
The park is a touch on the pricey side as were all the Australian parks we went to with individual rides costing $8.50 and an unlimited ride pass going for $40. We bought three tickets, two for both of us to ride the Scenic Railway and one for me to ride Metropolis - their other adult roller coaster. I was also eyeing the Ghost Train ride but did not end up riding it.
As soon as we got in line for Scenic Railway it went down and then shortly after that but unrelated to that fact it began to rain. So we hunkered down in the covered queue to wait out the storm and after about 45 minutes the storm passed and the mechanics fixed whatever was wrong with the coaster.
This was our first experience with a roller coaster with a riding brakeman so naturally we opted for the seat in the middle of the train where all that braking action was happening. We wanted to chat with him and he said a few things to us but we did not actually converse since there were signs everywhere sternly warning us that talking to the operator was a big no-no. He did apologize to us when he hit the brake a little too hard on the second to last turn and we crawled through the last portion of the course.
The ride itself was a lot of fun with great views of downtown Melbourne and the harbor and there was some airtime to be had too although if you're tall and/or big you will not be able to fit. I'm 6' even and I had to do some contorting of my legs and scrunching of my butt to fit and my knees took a lot of abuse.
Metropolis was a standard SDC Galaxy with the great first two drops and the double helices. I really liked the name though for some reason. The rest of the park was similar to other seaside parks like Coney Island or places on the Jersey shore although it was all contained by the Scenic Railway.
I believe we spent all of an hour and a half here before wandering around St. Kilda for dinner and beer. Picture time!
I spy a roller coaster!
To enter Luna Park you have to survive the ordeal of being devoured by the giant Moon Man.
This is what it looks like in the stomach of the Giant Moon Man.
Clang Clang goes the trolley in the Giant Moon Man's stomach. Next stop, Duodenum Station!
Ahhh, the big reason I'm here. Why are you here? Are you here for the same reason I'm here? Do you want to be friends?
Fun with murals and old fashioned trains not found in America!
The first turn on the Scenic Railway. There is an excellent view of downtown Melbourne from up here.
The second and fifth turns on Scenic Railway. The roller coaster surrounds the park like the lining of the Giant Moon Man's stomach.
The third and sixth turn on Scenic Railway. The view of the harbor from here is quite. . . scenic.
How scandalous! Avert your eyes!
Well that was fun and exciting and scenic! What else do we have here?
Well they have this little contraption.
There are bumper cars with a fancy cityscape behind them.
There is the Ghost Train to appease your ghostly wants. I declined to ride this and that was silly of me.
Yes, in order to ride the Ghost Train you must devoured AGAIN! These are the rules and they're for your own good!
Spiderhead, Spiderhead, does whatever a spiderhead does.
They also have Metropolis, which is where Superman works.
Hi , my name is Kyle and this is my first trip report! If you think it's good, thank you! If you think it's bad, well then you should see the pants I bought last weekend!
Unlike other swirling actions in Australia, this one goes in the more familiar direction.
As you can see, I have my awesome Eddie Bauer backpack on! I have had that backpack for 15 years! It got me through high school and college! Its name is Clarence.
Number 210! Yay me!
Their carousel was very attractive and slightly out of focus.
As was their ferris wheel with paratrooper gondolas.
And with that, we were spat back out into St. Kilda, gooey and giddy from our first antipodean amusement park adventure. Stay tuned for parts two, three, and four!
Great trip report Kyle, it's a shame I've been to Melbourne more than once and have never been to Luna Park - your directions might prove handy if I ever do manage to get down there.
I didn't even know their Scenic Railway had a brakeman, those coasters can really crank up when the brakeman lays off the brakes which they don't normally do for fear of derailing the train unfortunately.
Nice trip report. It is always good to see parks that are a little bit hard to visit for most of us. Glad to see you post this and look forward to seeing the other 3 parks. I have already put this report in the TPR Park Index. I would like to see you submit some of your photos of the coasters too. There is a link to do that at the bottom of the Park Index Page.
Great job so far.
I'm excited to see the rest.
My mom and I are going to Australia in a couple of years. It was going to be next year, but we decided to take a couple "mini-vacations" next summer. (LA, NY, etc. Hey, with $29 one-way fares, you can't beat that!) When we're there, we're hitting up Sea World, Dream World, and Movie World. I'm excited
Thanks for the comments everyone, sorry it took me awhile to get back to this.
The second park we checked out was Luna Park in Sydney. We had originally planned to go at night to take advantage of some of the great views across the harbor and to enjoy an evening stroll across the Harbor Bridge. However, distances are very deceiving and making the walk from downtown Sydney requires some backtracking to get on and off the bridge. Hence we arrived too late to ride anything but we did get to enjoy the lights of the midway and the view across the harbor. The location really is fantastic.
Fortunately we had enough time the next day to go and do the park properly and this time we took the train which ended up being far far quicker. Luna Park charges $10 per ride and has a couple of ride pass packages. Unlimited rides on the Go Wild pass are $40 or $45 depending on when you go but we went with the Go Silly pass which was $30 (can be $35 depending on the day) which gets you into Coney Island, on the ferris wheel, wild mouse, carousel, and dodgem which was pretty much what we were interested in. We ended up being at Luna Park on Australian Father's Day so the place was pretty busy with families and young children.
Luna Park occupies a long, narrow strip of land on the shores of the Harbor below a bluff on which a row of tall apartment towers were located. I couldn't imagine how nice the views were from up there, looking down on the park and across the harbor at central Sydney. The park is bisected by the Coney Island funhouse with the back half seeming to be relegated to more modern rides and sparse decor. Nothing back there interested us so we never ventured beyond Coney Island. The front half was classic seaside park with funky architecture and lots and lots of lights.
The Wild Mouse was fun and was built on top of a building so it was quite difficult to photograph. It was also our first wooden wild mouse. It features inline seating so with two adults in there it was pretty snug and we took a few bumps on the hairpin turns which seemed more violent than on today's wild mice.
We also checked out their old style funhouse which led you through a long corridor filled with classic gags like shifting floors and curvy mirrors. The corridor leads you into the large central room where you have free reign to try the rotating barrels, mirror maze, more shifting floors, big slides, and a social mixer. We had a great time on everything but the social mixer which seemed to be for children only. The slides were fast and steep and the barrel took some skin off my elbow. We spent about an hour in Coney Island before heading out.
On our way out we took a ride on the Ferris Wheel where some kid cut his way through line and forced his way onto our gondola and the ride ops sent us off despite our protestations. The entire time he yelled down to his PaPAA down on the midway. Kirsten, my wife, was none too pleased.
Overall, Luna Park was very cool with great atmosphere and location, however they do kinda need a headliner attraction as the park has a sort of incomplete feel or rather a feeling that something has gone missing. Definitely worth an hour or so if you're in downtown Sydney and can escape across the Harbor for awhile.
And on with the pictures!
Welcome to Luna Park Sydney! They have a big Moon Man entrance too. Again with the devouring. . .
I wonder what he's looking at.
It's awfully colorful here! Let's check this place out.
Ooooh look! They have a pretty Rotor!
Oh and look at Coney Island, it's amazing!
Oh and look! They still have the neon sign from when the Big Dipper was here!
Geez, chill out dudes, we'll come back tomorrow and show you!
Oh so that's what the Moon Man is looking at. Well I can't blame him, I'd spend my days looking at that too. So pretty. . . must. . . snap. . . out of it. . .
Wild Mouse alert. We have a confirmed Wild Mouse sighting!
Oh yeah, that's a nasty mouse we've found. It'll bruise your clavicle if you aren't careful!
This one is not playing today.
Here is a rather dark photo of the interior of Coney Island. If you squint, you can see the children piling onto the Social Mixer.
Here are the elbow skin eating barrels and the slides of certain steepness.
Luna Park recycles! This is very green of them.
Just like my headless hot disco woman. The only thing she misses is bacon!
From the Ferris Wheel you can get a great view of the Harbor.
It sure is pretty up here
What a nice day, isn't this great honey?
Uh. . . you seem. . . upset. Is something bothering you? Is there something in this gondola that isn't agreeing with you?
PaPAA!! PaPAA!!! Hey! PaPAA!! Up here PaPAA! PaPAA!! Lookit PaPAA!! PaPAA! Watch me! PaPAA! PaPAA!
Ugggh, And on that note, I bid you adieu and from Dreamworld I will broadcast next.
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