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Melbourne/St Kilda

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St Kilda is a vibrant suburb of Port Phillip, in south-eastern inner Melbourne, Australia. St. Kilda is famous for its beach life and the bar and resturant scene along Fitzroy Street. Formally known to be seedy and run down, there has been a revival over the past twenty years as young professionals and travellers have increased in numbers.

Get in[edit]

By tram[edit]

From Melbourne city centre, travellers heading to St Kilda should hop on a tram. Journey time is approximately 25 mins:

  • Tram 3a (direction East Malvern) from Flinders Street Station or Federation Square on Swanston Street. Only operates on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
  • Tram 12 from Collins Street. Operates along Clarendon, Albert, Danks and Part Streets, before terminating at Fitzroy Street.
  • Tram 16 (direction Kew) from Flinders Street Station or Federation Square on Swanston Street. Passes down Fitzroy Street, along Esplande and along Carlisle Street
  • Tram 96 (direction St Kilda Beach) from Southern Cross Station or Bourke Street. The fastest tram from the CBD due to its separation from traffic, with an approximate travel time of 20 minutes. Passes down Fitzroy Street, along the Esplande and terminates on Acland Street.

By bus[edit]

Many bus routes also service the area, mainly operating from other suburbs.

  • 246 (direction Elsternwick) from Hoddle Street or Punt Road. Operates on 15 minute frequencies during weekdays.
  • 600 services suburbs further south, including to Southland Shopping Centre.
  • 606 (direction Elsternwick).
  • 623 services to the east, operating to Glen Waverley.
  • 922
  • 923

Nightrider[edit]

Nightrider buses offer public transport options after other modes of transport cease operating at night, with Nightrider routes operating from 12:30am to 4:30am, seven days a week.

  • 970 (direction Frankston) from the Swanston Street Nightrider bus bay near St Pauls Cathedral.

See[edit][add listing]

  • St Kilda Beach. Kick off your shoes and walk along the sand of one of Melbourne's most famous beaches.
  • Luna Park. Built in 1912, the historic mouth is a present fixture in postcards of Melbourne and rightly so. Luna Park is a historic amusement park located on the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay in St Kilda. Great day out for the family.
  • Fitzroy Street and Acland St. Located in the heart of St Kilda, both streets are attractive eating and drinking streets with all cool cafes, elegant restaurants and trendy bars. Acland Street is a hive of wine bars and world-famous patisseries, while Fitzroy St is great for sitting in an outdoor cafe with a cup of coffee.
    St Kilda Pier at sunsent
  • St Kilda Pier. Visit the penguins after sunset at the very end of St Kilda Pier: while not as dramatic as the parade Phillip Island, it's still an enjoyable walk at sunset and always exciting to spot an adult Little Penguin or its young.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Visit the flea market on Sundays at the Upper Esplanade. Good variety and prices for innovative and creative souvenirs, bags etc.
  • Every Sunday evening around sunset, there is a big party at the Espy. Situated on the picturesque Upper Esplanade, this pub has one of the best views in Melbourne. Its a bar with live music, pool tables and a lounge. Not to be missed, but bring extra cash for drinks. $5.30 for 3/4's of a pot of beer, jugs are $23.
  • Luna Park is a St Kilda icon with its fabled Scenic Railway rollercoaster, the oldest continually operating wooden-framed roller coaster in the world. One of only nine of its kind still operating, the Scenic Railway was installed in the Park on its opening in 1912. Great day out for families.
  • People-watch. St Kilda has a strange and eclectic mix of people ranging from sex workers and drug-dealers who have historically occupied the area and the more recent influx of affluent denizens attracted to the beachscape. Being the closest beach to the city, St Kilda attracts all kinds of Melburnians and you can really notice the mix of cultures that Melbourne has to offer.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Scout House Vintage, 125 Grey Street St Kilda (Corner of Grey and Barkly), [1]. 10-5. Scout down to Scout house for cool vintage stuff, textiles, lighting and beautiful handmade..  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

You are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to eating in St Kilda, with over 100 eating-out venues available. The main streets in this area, Acland and Fitzroy Streets, have every type of take-away and restaurant. On Fitzroy Street, you can really see a contrast with upmarket restaurants with white table cloths rubbing shoulders with fish and chip takeaways. Depending on your budget, you are spoilt for choice. There are many cafes and restaurants favoured by locals hidden away in adjoining streets. Barkly St has Il Forniao - excellent pizza, and Claypots is a fantastic 'roll your sleeves up' type fresh fish restaurant. Acland St is noteworthy for its mouthwatering pastries.

St Kilda locals and Melbournians from neighbouring suburbs all cruise to the many cafes in the area, especially on weekends, for coffee and breakfast which is often served all day. Cafe Racer (Marine Parade) and Leroys (Acland St) have the locals' nod midweek, Fringe and Vibe (Acland St) are always busy with weekend visitors and tourists due to their great location for People watching.

Another great location is the Vineyard. If you can put up with the 'too cool for school' attitude and lack of interest from the bar and waiting staff at this venue, you are likely to have an enjoyable afternoon sitting on the terrace when it is sunny. The Vineyard has an enviable location beside a park full or Grand Canaries palm trees beside Luna Park. Sunday evenings are usually packed with the remnants of weekend parties who are partying on to a DJ.

East St Kilda and Caulfield are home to a vibrant Jewish communities, and kosher bakeries and cafes abound.


  • base pizza, 107-111 grey street, 95343404, [2]. Excellent simple pizza great bases and resonable prices .. simple fresh and effective  edit

Budget[edit]

  • The 'Banff' café [3] at 145 Fitzroy Street does delicious, generously-sized pizzas for AU$6 all day on Mondays and Tuesdays, and until 5.30pm the rest of the week. The building was once commandeered by the Americans as barracks for soldiers during WW2.
  • The Spud Bar, tucked into a little arcade of eateries on Blessington Street, just south of the end of Acland Street, does great value baked potatoes with a variety of toppings.
  • A couple of doors down from the Spud Bar is Lentil As Anything, an incredible vegetarian curry house where there is no price list - you pay what you believe the food to be worth. Worth getting down early for a spot out the back.
  • La Roche in Acland Street has AU$5 pizzas and AU$6 pastas on some nights as well as cheap drinks. Favoured by younger locals and students.
  • Bala's Asian cuisine. Opposite Luna Park, a must for the budget traveller.
  • Chinta Blues near the corner of Acland and Fitzroy St's has delicious authentic Malaysian food for less than $20 a meal. You must try their chicken satays!

Mid-range[edit]

  • Rococco, Acland St - Excellent quality food. Pizza/Pasta. Sit inside near the fire in winter or on Acland St.
  • Dogs Bar, Acland St- Wine bar packed with locals. Serves an antipasti menu, has an extensive cheese menu and hundreds or Australian wines on offer. tough finding a seat outside on a nice evening or inside on a weekend evening. Always has an atmosphere.
  • Soul Mama, 10-18 Jacka Boulevard. Nestled between the swimming bath and a cafe, you find a buffet style vegetarian restaurant at the first floor.
  • Glicks, Carlisle St, East St Kilda. For Kosher food, this outlet includes a bakery, a pizza/pasta sit down (9527 8733) and a fast food take away (9527 9968).
  • U-Village, Fitzroy St - Amazing quality modern asian cuisine with a contemporary, clean and exquisite atmosphere.

Splurge[edit]

  • Donovans, 40 Jacka Boulevard, opposite the beach and evening sunsets. An Age 2-Hat restaurant. Superb food at a pricey cost.
  • Stokehouse, 30 Jacka Boulevard, almost next door to Donovans. An Age 1-Hat restaurant. Unfortunately this burnt down in January 2014 however there is a temporary setup until the replacement is built.
  • Café di Stasio, 31 Fitzroy Street. Superb, elegant Italian food with excellent service.
  • Circa the Prince, Fitzroy St. Stylish and expensive.
  • Mirka, Fitzroy St. In the Tolarno hotel. Italian and french fares under the supervision of renowned chef Guy Grossi. The restaurant takes its name from local artist Mirka Mora who decorated the walls of main dining room decades ago.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Pub crawling and clubbing along Fitzroy St is very popular with backpackers.

The Prince of Wales 29 Fitzroy St has a good selection of tap beer and shots.

  • The Espy (The Esplanade Hotel), 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda, VIC 3182, Australia, +61 3 9534 0211, [4]. The Esplanade Hotel...open to all since 1878 For over 100 years the Esplanade Hotel has been Melbourne's (and indeed Australia's) premier live music venue. Since the early days of string performances in the late 1800s the Espys hallowed stages have been graced by the finest performers from around Australia and the world. Everyone from local legends like Paul Kelly and Dallas Crane to The Kills & Hot Hot Heat, Jet to John Farnham have performed at The Espy. International metal heavyweights Ed Guy and Deeds of Flesh and hip hop's finest such as DJ Cash Money, Steinski and Peanut Butter Wolf. Oz up and comers Wolfmother and Airbourne have also graced our stages. And its not just live music, comedians like Dave Hughes, Rove and more cut their teeth at the Espy. Truly a physical landmark in St Kilda, and a cultural icon to Australia, the Espy continues this long standing tradition of live music, on an average week the pub plays host to over 50 bands across 3 stages 7 days a week and alot of it free. Hours of operation Monday - Wednesday - Noon - 1.00am Thursday - Saturday - Noon - 3.00am Sunday - Noon - 1am * long weekends till 3.00am  edit
  • Robarta and the nest, 109 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, VIC 3182, Australia, +61 3 9534 9041, [5]. Robarta is a restaurant, bar, late night lounge and function space. The venue is over two floors, each with own bar facilities and 'state of the art' audio/visual facilities. The space is multifunctional; evolving from a restaurant and bar in the earlier part of the night, to a latenight lounge with DJ's and dancing.  edit
  • The Prince Band Room (The Prince of Wales Band Room), 29 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda Victoria 3182, Australia, +61 3 9536 1177‎, [6]. The Prince Bandroom has been a host to live music for more than 6 decades. Many of the best local and international bands and DJs play The Prince Bandroom when in Melbourne. It has played host to the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Jack Johnson, Scissor Sisters, Ben Harper, Pink, Coldplay, Bright Eyes and Goldfrapp to name but a very select few.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The Local Taphouse, 184 Carlisle St, 03 9537 2633, [7]. The Local Taphouse is a European-style tavern frequently judged the best specialty beer venue in Australia. Its 40 taps churn through about 350 handpicked craft beers a year from around Australia and overseas. There is also live music, standup comedy, a great outdoor roof terrace and even an indoor bocce court.  edit

Budget[edit]

  • Habitat HQ, 333 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda, Melbourne, +61 3 9537 3777 (, fax: +61 3 9537 3888), [8]. Habitat HQ was voted the No.1 backpackers hostel in Victoria and has won numerous other awards recently. Very clean. 24 hour security. Location has very convenient public transport options. Email for group bookings.  edit
  • The Ritz for Backpackers, 169 Fitzroy St (near Princes St), St Kilda, 03 9525 3501 (ritz@ritzbackpackers.com). 24-hour reception. Located above the Elephant and Wheelbarrow hotel.Free breakfast daily and a great place to stay. You can park in the carpark behind the hotel overnight, officially till 8am but you will probably get away with parking there a bit longer. http://www.ritzbackpackers.com [9]
  • Base Backpackers, 17 Carlisle St, St Kilda, Melbourne, +61 3 8598 6200 (). Internationally rated as one of the top 10 Hippest Hostels in the world. Base offers an out of the ordinary hostel experience, combining state of the art facilities with a laid back vibe.  edit
  • Jackson’s Manor, 53 Jackson St, St Kilda, 9534 1877 (info@jacksonsmanor.com.au). Dorm beds $19-$24, single $58, double/twin $30 pp.
  • Olembia Guesthouse, 96 Barkly St (near Inkerman and Grey Sts), St Kilda, 9537 1412 (stay@olembia.com.au, fax 9537 1600). Office hours 7am-1pm, 5-7pm. Dorm beds $25, single $46, twin/double $78, triple $90.
  • Oslo Hotel, 38 Grey St, St Kilda, phone. Dorm beds from $18, single from $44, twin/double from $55, triple/family from $66. [10]


  • Coffee Palace Backpackers, 24 Grey Street, St Kilda (just off Fitzroy street), Freephone 1800 654 098 (), [11]. checkin: 24/7; checkout: 24/7. One of Melbournes largest and most popular backpackers with 4/6/8/10 bed dorms, some ensuite. Free pancake breakfast, large kitchen/comunal lounge area and fun social events every night. Email for group bookings. from $15pn.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

The east part of st kilda was once seedy but not anymore despite this advice avoid walking alone at night

Contact[edit]

There are plenty of internet cafes (many in convinence stores) located on Fitroy street. Rates start from $2 per hour. Some also have cheap international calls.

Princes Internet, Grey street, located next to Peter Pans Travel on Grey Street, has internet, international calls, fax, printing and writing of data to CD



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