As the northern hemisphere braces itself for the winter, Luna Park in Melbourne, Australia, is extending its weekend opening times to capitalise on the country’s warm summer nights.

On Friday and Saturday nights until April 2010, the historic park will open until 11pm. Evening sessions will also run on Thursdays and Sundays throughout January and February.

"Luna Park is not just a daytime entertainment hot-spot for kids," said the park’s operator. "Since the fun park opened in 1912, Luna Park has been Melbourne’s favourite entertainment destination for young adults wanting to get closer to a special somebody, away from the watchful eye of their parents."