Only six kilometers from Melbourne
, the beachside suburb of St Kilda is home to some of Victoria’s most popular attractions, including Luna Park, St Kilda Beach and the Esplanade Market. Settled in 1939, the seaside playground has since become a recreational mecca boasting restaurants, shops and a lively music scene. Here are the top things to do and see in St Kilda.
This article was originally written by Matthew Clark and published in July 2015.
Opened in 1912, Luna Park is a beloved theme park that features the Scenic Railway—the oldest continually operating roller coaster in the world. Once you’ve passed through Mr. Moon’s gaping smile, you’ll discover a world Just For Fun with over 20 rides including the Carousel which dates back to 1913, the Ghost Train, the Spider, Twin Dragon and The Pharaoh’s Curse.
18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda VIC Australia +61 3 9525 5033
St Kilda Sea Baths
St Kilda Sea Baths
Established in the 19th century, St Kilda Sea Baths features Australia’s only sea water pool heated to a comfortable temperature, hydrotherapy spa pool, and aromatherapy steam room. The complex, aptly named “Chadstone by the Sea” also encompasses Kite Republic, South Pacific Health Club as well as cocktail bars and restaurants, including Republica and Captain Baxter
10-18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda, VIC Australia +61 3 9593 8228
Courtesy St Kilda Sea Baths
Since 1970 Melbournians have flocked seaside to the St Kilda Esplanade Market located between Fitzroy Street and Acland Street. Browse through more than 250 open-air stalls selling everything from gifts to souvenirs, homewares and jewellery as well as a delicious range of food products. The Esplanade Market is popular with artists and craftspeople offering them a platform to launch their careers.
The Esplanade, St Kilda VIC Australia +61 3 9209 6634
St Kilda Beach
Only six kilometers from the city center St Kilda Beach is Melbourne’s most popular slice of sand. Stretching approximately 700 meters between St Kilda Marina and St Kilda Harbour, St Kilda Beach attracts swimmers, sunbathers, walkers and joggers and is a favourite destination for watersports including kitesurfing, windsurfing, sailing and jet skiing. The beach is also home to the St Kilda Sea Baths and St Kilda Pier.
Restaurants and Bars
From Acland Street to Fitzroy Street, St Kilda is teeming with restaurants and bars. If sightseeing has given you an appetite, pop into Republica, Donovans, Rococo, Fitzrovia or the original Lentil as Anything. To satisfy your thirst, try The Local Taphouse, The Prince of Wales, 29th Apartment or the Nelson Rum Bar.
Since 1914 there have been many theatres in St Kilda known as Palais. However, the building that stands today was built in 1927. Designed by Henry E. White, the Victorian Heritage Registered Palais Theatre is considered a prime example of Art Deco architecture. Operating as a cinema until the 1950s, the Palais Theatre became a premier live music venue in Victoria and has hosted performances from musical icons, including the Rolling Stones, Louis Armstrong and Tom Jones.
Lower Esplanade, St Kilda VIC Australia +61 03 9525 3240
St Kilda Pier
Dating back to 1853 the St Kilda Pier is a landmark of Melbourne where one can take a stroll, go fishing and spot little penguins who return to the Breakwater at dusk. Sitting at the very end of the pier is Victorian Heritage Registered St Kilda Pavilion. The historic Edwardian kiosk was built in 1904 and serves light snacks. Behind the kiosk is Little Blue Restaurant, which boasts marvellous views of Melbourne.
Jewish Museum of Australia
Established in 1977, the Jewish Museum of Australia is the only one of its kind in the country and aims to “promote understanding and appreciation of Jewish culture.” The museum contains more than 20,000 objects of historical, artistic, cultural and social importance, with a focus on Australia’s Jewish communities as well as Jewish history and cultural practices from around the world.
26 Alma Rd, St Kilda VIC Australia +61 3 8534 3600
St Kilda Botanical Gardens
Formally established in 1859, the St Kilda Botanical Gardens include over 810 mature trees as well as the Alister Clarke Rose Garden and a Sub-Tropical Rain-forest conservatory. The gardens, which are registered with Heritage Victoria, contain a glasshouse, an Eco Centre, giant chess board, playground and an ornamental pond with a solar-powered Rain Man fountain. There are also picnic tables and a gazebo.
11 Herbert St, St Kilda VIC Australia +61 3 9209 6777
Tick tandem skydiving off your bucket list and take a 15,000-meter leap of faith over St Kilda with Skydive Melbourne. Step out of your comfort zone as you exit the plane and freefall for a thrilling 60 seconds at a speed of 200 kilometres per hour. Enjoy 360-degree views of Melbourne as you float over Port Phillip Bay, slowly making your descent back to earth.
42A Marine Parade, St Kilda VIC Australia +61 3 1300 663 634