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St KildaAustralia

Just behind Melbourne’s iconic St. Kilda Beach, this historic suburb is famous for its art scene, live music venues, mouth-watering cakes and the wild rides of Luna Park.

Long established as one of Melbourne’s creative hubs, St. Kilda is the city’s beachfront cultural hub, where the suburb’s bohemian roots mingle with new urban developments. Check out St. Kilda’s palm-lined beach and learn to kitesurf in the bay. Spend the day wandering along one of St. Kilda’s bustling main streets and experience stylish cafés, excellent restaurants, art galleries and boutique fashion stores.

A good way to start your day in St. Kilda is with a walk along the Esplanade. Stroll along the waterfront and take in views of the bay, dotted with ships coming and going from Docklands. Join the joggers, cyclists and skaters on the Bayside Cycling Trail, take a refreshing dip in the ocean or relax in the heated and filtered seawater at St. Kilda Sea Baths.

Explore Acland Street or Fitzroy Street to find a wide selection of casual cafés, upscale restaurants, fish and chip shops, gelatarias and cake shops. These streets are also filled with fashionable clothing shops, intriguing independent bookstores and a range of atmospheric bars. Stroll down Carlisle Street to experience the area’s European influence. Pick up a tasty bagel from one of the bakeries and learn about Melbourne’s Jewish heritage at the Jewish Museum of Australia.

No trip to St. Kilda is complete without a visit to Luna Park. Take in unbeatable views of the city and the bay from atop a rollercoaster or Ferris wheel or try your luck on the fun-filled carnival games for all ages.

As the sun sets, relax with a cold drink at the Esplanade Hotel, simply known as the Espy, a Melbourne mainstay in the rock ’n' roll scene. You might be able to see the colony of little penguins coming in to roost in their rookery by the St. Kilda Pier breakwater.

St. Kilda is easily reachable via the central city tram that runs through the Bourke Street Mall in the CBD. Visit St. Kilda in February to experience the wonderful St. Kilda Festival, a 9-day carnival of local music, arts and culture. Melbourne’s Pride March, which celebrates local gay and lesbian communities, also occurs in St. Kilda in February.

Top hotels in St Kilda

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Rydges St Kilda
Rydges St Kilda
4.5 out of 5
35-37 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, VIC
AU$88
per night
6 Apr. - 7 Apr.

This family-friendly St Kilda hotel is located on the Strip, within a 10-minute walk of Fitzroy Street, St Kilda Pier and St. Kilda Sea Baths. Palais Theatre ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,830 reviews)

"Ryder was in the prime spot of St Kilda Close to restaurants and bars , just a short walk to St Kilda beach. We enjoyed our experience we will definitely be back."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2020

Rydges St Kilda
Tolarno Hotel
Tolarno Hotel
4 out of 5
42 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, VIC
AU$80
per night
18 Apr. - 19 Apr.

Situated on the Strip, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St Kilda Pier, St Kilda Beach and Palais Theatre. Luna Park is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away. Windsor ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,098 reviews)

"The artwork hanging on the walls and the sense of history of the building"…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar. 2020

Tolarno Hotel
Crest on Barkly
Crest on Barkly
4 out of 5
47 Barkly St, St Kilda, VIC
AU$89
per night
8 Apr. - 9 Apr.

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St Kilda Road and Fitzroy Street. Luna Park and Palais Theatre are also within ...

3.9/5Good! (1,129 reviews)

"Clean and convenient. Check in process terribly slow and uncoordinated. parking very limited, spaces incredibly small and difficult to navigate."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb. 2020

Crest on Barkly

Popular activities in St Kilda

Luna Park
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Luna Park

4/5(574 reviews)

Enjoy old-fashioned thrills and state-of-the-art spills at this famous Melbourne landmark.

Palais Theatre
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Palais Theatre

4.5/5(36 reviews)

This famous art deco St. Kilda landmark hosts a range of live shows, including concerts, film festivals, dance performances and theater shows. 

St Kilda Pier
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St Kilda Pier

4.5/5(35 reviews)

Stroll, cycle, rollerblade or go fishing at one of Melbourne’s most cherished landmarks and enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline and the waterfront.

Top activities in St Kilda

Kiteboarding Lessons in St Kilda - Passport to Ride Course
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Kiteboarding Lessons in St Kilda - Passport to Ride Course

AU$495
Per adult
St Kilda Scavenger Hunt: Hunt Through Historic St. Kilda
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St Kilda Scavenger Hunt: Hunt Through Historic St. Kilda

AU$35
Per adult
Peninsula Hot Springs
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Peninsula Hot Springs

80% of travellers recommend
AU$99
Per adult
St. Kilda Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lesson
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St. Kilda Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lesson

AU$85
Per adult
Kiteboarding Lesson in St Kilda (2 Hours)
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Kiteboarding Lesson in St Kilda (2 Hours)

AU$175
Per adult
Phillip Island Wildlife & Penguin Parade Small Group Tour
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Phillip Island Wildlife & Penguin Parade Small Group Tour

88% of travellers recommend
AU$129
Per adult

Reviews of St Kilda

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
178
5 - Excellent 33.71212121212121%
4 - Good
273
4 - Good 51.70454545454545%
3 - Okay
65
3 - Okay 12.31060606060606%
2 - Disappointing
8
2 - Disappointing 1.5151515151515151%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.7575757575757576%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

3 Mar. 2020

Close to family, great places to walk and eat.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Feb. 2020

A lot of homeless people sleeping on street

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Feb. 2020

Amazing location for a weekend getaway!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Feb. 2020

Fun, night markets, beach, food!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Feb. 2020

We love St Kilda and Crest on Barkly was a great place to stay and enjoy the area.

2/5 - Disappointing

Mack

29 Jan. 2020

feral and grotty.

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