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St Kilda

Known for Dining, Beaches and Shopping

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.

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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.

Activities in St Kilda

Find a leafy haven or attend an educational workshop amid the magnificent array of exotic and native flora at one of the world’s finest botanic gardens.

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.

Soak up the atmosphere and bag yourself a bargain at this popular Melbourne institution.

Australia’s premier stadium is a symbol of Melbourne’s sporting heritage, drawing thousands of fans to cricket, football, rugby and soccer matches and events.

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If you still miss your first goldfish, you need to grab this chance to check-in on his entire extended family. Featuring more than 10,000 colorful sea creatures, scaly critters—even a large saltwater crocodile—this skip-the-line ticket to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium reminds you that all great things come from under the sea.

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Escape to the picturesque Yarra Valley on this small-group day tour from Melbourne and visit 4 of the regions top wineries. Indulge yourself with a delicious lunch while enjoying vineyard views and a series of wine tastings.

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Experience one of Australia's most scenic coastal drives on this guided tour. From stunning surf beaches to beautiful rainforests, this tour offers a wide variety of spectacular scenery, striking rock formations, and plenty of opportunities to look for native wildlife.

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Discover Victoria's stunning natural treasures on this day trip to the charming Mornington Peninsula. Start your tour with a hotel pickup and leave Melbourne behind as you travel to the tip of the Peninsula to visit the seaside town of Portsea.

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Experience the best of Victoria's nature and wildlife on this day tour to Phillip Island. Get close to friendly koalas, hand feed kangaroos, see sheep shearing and working dogs in action, and witness a magical penguin parade at dusk on Phillip Island.

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Embark on a full-day excursion to experience the natural beauty of Wilsons Promontory National Park. Discover its abundant wildlife and vast forest surrounded by spectacular coastline and outer islands. Take time to explore the park on a guided rainforest walk.

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Enjoy an express tour to see the world-famous penguin parade on Phillip Island. This tour leaves Melbourne in the afternoon and is ideal for anyone with limited time to explore. Your first stop will be to the magical Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park.

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Enjoy an enchanting dinner cruise on Melbourne's Yarra River, while indulging a 4-course meal prepared by a gourmet chef. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the evening atmosphere as you dine and cruise under the stars. Arrive at the wharf and hop aboard your dinner cruise.