St. Kilda, Melbourne
St Kilda is a fantastic seaside suburb of Melbourne. Its offers many different restaurants and cafes..as well as great bars to have a nice bottle of Aussie wine. Its worth a visit just to mingle with the locals and do a bit of retail therapy!!!
I had heard so much about the cosmopolitan atmosphere of St Kilda that I wanted to experience it for myself. And I wasn't dissapointed. Just look at those cafe lined streets!! What a buzz!! The place was packed with people enjoying a Sunday lunch outside in the sunshine. I was taken up with the vibrant atmosphere! Even though I didn't stop to eat, I would totally recommend for anyone holidaying in Melbourne to visit this place!!.
St Kilda Beach is very pretty and definately a 'must see' when visiting Melbourne. Don't do what I did, and get off at St Kilda Junction. I think that might be a few stops from the real St Kilda. Anyway, I ended up walking and walking, and finally came to the beach. But the sun was shining and I enjoyed the walk. When I finally arrived, what a lovely sight!! ...
St Kilda beach is lovely place with a beautiful beach located a short distance from the city. There are many bars, cafes and restaurants and an amusement park, Luna Park.
Luna Park is one of the symbols of St Kilda, in fact, it is one of the main attractions in Melbourne. This amusement park has been open since the early 1910's and even with its recent multi-million dollar refurbishment, its old charm has not been lost. There are plenty of roller coasters and rides that are adrenaline pumping.
Jump on one of the local trams and take a ride over to St. Kilda, this is melbourne's coastal resort. It only takes about 25 minutes to get there. There are safe sandy beaches.
People flock to St Kilda for great cafes, bars or just people watching.
Luna Park is a must, it is a old seaside amusement park with working wooden roller coaster and many other historic rides.
Sunday St Kilda is home to one of the best art and craft markets in Australia. It attracts thousands looking for that something different.
When we were there we managed to see the band UB40 in concert
On the Upper Esplanade in St. Kilda a market is being held every Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. there's a lot of art and craftwork for sale here. It's a nice stroll down and you can see something different every week. You can usually find a street artist aswell.
Scent of family weekend and amusements, rather old fashioned with it's nice, wooden, old roiller coaster that was brought there from The Luna Park was opened in 1912 and still has it's "retro" look
Nice place for kids, it has a very scenic entrance: a laughing clown's face: visitors have to be "swallowed" by the clown in order to come in! Both, the roller coaster and the clown mouth are classified by the National Trust
Very popular amongst Melbournites, who come here for biking or walking and also enjoy the nice beach around. During weekends the pier can be also reached by ferry from Williamstown, at the end of a nice cruise with Melbourne CBD skyline at your left hand side.
It was built in 1853, in wood. The concrete cement was only built about 30 years ago
From the end part of the pier that goes to the sea you can fish or just seat and enjoy a wonderful sunset, hoping to see a penguin from the colony that lives few metres away, on the breakwaters.
There was also a pavillion, but it was destroyed by fire some years ago, after 99 years of life, and now it's under reconstruction.
St Kilda is a short tram or train ride out of the city, only a few minutes. Relaxing bay side suburb with great shopping, cafes and beach. Also Luna Park which has lots of rides, and is open on the weekend.
Also the Melbournians have the possibillity to take a bath in the ocean. For doing that they have to go to St. Kilda, at least it`s the shortest way to make it. As a tourist take a tram from the CBD and 20 minutes later you`re standing at the beachfront like you were in a holiday destination. A lot of restaurants, skaters, walkers and other nice people are waiting for you.
Go there and you won`t be disappointed.
If are on the beach south of downtown, you will get a spectacular view of the Melbourne Skyline... if you take a look at the picture a little closer, try and see all the cranes on top of buildings! The amount of construction going on here in Melbourne is absolutely phenomenal.
I do not think you can actually get a better view of Melbourne anywhere, like on the St. Kilda Pier. For more information, follow the link below!
Melbourne's Luna Park opened in 1912 on wasteland which was mostly lagoon. Its most recent facelift was in 2001. Ten million dollars was spent over the five-month operation. New attractions were added, making a total of 16.
Admission to Luna Park is free! You pay for everything inside the park. If you are going to go on the rides alot you can purchase unlimited ride tickets which give you the freedom to enjoy all the fun rides as many times as you like all day.
Toddlers (3yrs & under) $12.95
Children (4 -12 yrs) $23.95
Adults (13+ yrs) $33.95
Family (2 adults + 2 children) $99.95
The main attractions of St Kilda are Acland Street, St Kilda Rd, the promenade & beach, the weekend markets & Luna Park.
I'm an avid people-watcher and enjoy the weekend markets held every Sunday. You can slowly make your way through the stalls of jewellery, crafts, homewares, food & clothing starting at the bottom of St Kilda Road and around to Acland Street.
Acland Street is reknown for the beautiful french patisseries and the window displays are captivating (and enticing)! There are some great cafes on Acland Street to sit in the window and watch the passing parade.
I went to go to Luna Park but it was school holidays at the time and swamped with kids, queues and chaos. I also noticed that it was fairly expensive. Around $6-$10 for one ride. Not cheap.
St Kilda Rd is reknown to attract the more undesirable types, especially at night time. However, over the years it has really been cleaned up and now it's just a melting pot of interesting characters. An array of great, relaxed, stylish bars exist on St Kilda Rd. See nightlife for more details.
St. Kilda is one of the most interesting areas around Melbourne. It definitely has a wide variety of people and attractions and is home to one of the city's most popular beaches. There are some very good restaurants located here, along with some bars. St. Kilda pier is a nice place to walk, and you can even see penguins there.
St Kilda is just a short trip on the tram from the centre of Melbourne, and is well worth the trip. It's a typical seaside town from years gone by. It looks like it's seen better days, but is all the nicer for it. Take a stroll round the hustle and bustle of Ackland Street with it's numerous Restaurants of all persuasions. Take a ride on the old wooden Rollercoaster at Luna Park, or just stroll along the prom or sit on the beach.