This article was originally written by Matthew Clark and published in July 2015.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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