Just for ton: Luna Park is turning 100

Luna Park will throw open its gates to Melburnians to help it celebrate its 100th birthday next month.

The iconic amusement park will celebrate its centenary on December 13 and as part of the party will host a series of events around the big day.

On hand to launch the event today at Luna Park were music mogul Michael Gudinski and singer Anthony Callea. Mr Gudinski acknowledged the venue's historic importance for Melbourne and himself.

"History is something so special... something like this takes us back to where it all began," Mr Gudinski said.

He spoke about making the Skyhooks' 1975 Horror Movie film clip at Luna Park.

Luna Park also plans to give back to the local St Kilda community with an event for specially invited local residents, businesses and guests on December 10.

The Centenary Community Day will mark exactly 100 years since visitors first streamed into the park through the famous mouth, on Thursday December 12.

Tickets will be distributed to community organisations and charities and also to the general public through a ballot system.

Among other events and concerts there will be a chance to return to the early days with staff in historic uniforms, among other vintage highlights, on December 15 and 16.

And two more rides will be available for the daredevils this summer with the return of the Power Surge ride and the new Spinning Coaster.

Those wishing to attend the event may register at www.lunapark.com.au

The story Just for ton: Luna Park is turning 100 first appeared on The Age.

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