ANZAC Day Public Holiday
April 25 @ 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Open to the public
- All our rides and attractions
- ADF Card holders ride free
- 50% for ADF Family members
Open ANZAC Day Public Holiday
at Luna Park Melbourne
Luna Park will open from 11am-8pm this ANZAC Day, Tuesday April 25th .
Melbourne’s Luna Park has a long-standing relationship with many members of the Returned Services League. Luna Park is a place that remains a happy memory in the minds of many and where many beautiful and inspiring stories of kinship and even romance originated in the early 1900s when soldiers, young and old, would visit Luna Park.
Following the dawn Commemorative service and Melbourne city marches, Melbourne residents are invited to Luna Park to enjoy this great day– simply come down and enjoy all our fabulous rides and attractions.
All veterans and current Servicemen and women ride FREE!
There is also a 50% discount on the Unlimited Ride Tickets for their family members.
ADF ID Card Holders need to show their card at the ticket box on the day they visit.
- Visitors will need to either be in full uniform or present an ADF or veterans card to qualify for the offer
- Not valid in conjunction with any other offer
- Only valid for tickets redeemed at the ticket box
- Offer is valid on ANZAC Day only
Recounting the History of Melbourne’s Luna Park during World War I & II
1914 – 1918
War breaks out around the world, and Sir John Monash, the first Chair of the Luna Park Board, was released from board duties to take up his role as military commander.
Luna Park continued on as a popular escape from war time worries. Between 8000 and 10,000 people are recorded as visiting on an average Saturday night, where by this time the River Caves are updated to include patriotic naval battles. The Palace of Illusions added the Kaiser’s Kitchen where patrons could hurl crockery at an effigy of Kaiser Wilhelm II.
As the war continued, the Scenic Railway remained operational, even though the rest of the park is more-or-less closed. The Park is opened mainly for patriotic or fund-raising events in the coming years and many final nights before shipping off to war were spent with Mr Moon and all his madness.
1939 – 1945
Luna Park remains open during World War II, but has to abide by blackout restrictions. The ‘Place of 60,000 Lights’ as the Park used to be known is too clear a target for air attacks, so an eerie atmosphere descends each night only enhancing the intrigue of Mr Moon and his famous Luna Park.
The increased number of American soldiers arriving in Melbourne and living close to Luna Park found some well needed rest and relaxation at the iconic amusement park.