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Melbourne/St Kilda

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St Kilda is a vibrant inner city suburb of Melbourne in the municipality of Port Phillip, south-east of Melbourne, Australia. St. Kilda is famous for its beach life and its world class bar and resturant scene along Acland and Fitzroy Streets. Formally known to be seedy and run down, there has been a revival over the past twenty years which has created an interesting and eclectic mix of bohemian artist types mixed in with a new wave of young professionals and travellers which all add to the visitors experience. It is now one of the most popular suburbs of Melbourne and a must see.

Get in[edit]

By tram[edit]

From Melbourne city centre, the most convenient transport to St Kilda is the well serviced tram network. Tram 96, utilising the light-rail track and new locally built high capacity trams, is the most direct and fastest route. Tram 96 terminates at Acland Street in the heart of St Kilda.

  • 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.

Skybus[edit]

Skybus is the main airport transfer service connecting Melbourne with the Tullamarine and Avalon airports. The Skybus St Kilda Express picks up and drops off at 4 locations in St Kilda including; Barkly Street, Carlisle Street, Novotel St Kilda and Fitzroy Street

See[edit][add listing]

  • St Kilda Beach. Kick off your shoes and walk along the sand of one of Melbourne's most famous beaches. A popular place with tourists and locals, particularly during Melbourne's hot summer evenings.  edit
  • Acland Street. Located in the heart of St Kilda and bustling with tourists, Acland Street should be your first destination when visiting St Kilda. The street is a mix of cool cafes, elegant restaurants and a good selection of alternative and trendy bars. Popular with locals for coffee and weekend breakfasts. Acland Street is also home to local gelato bars and world-famous patisseries.  edit
  • Esplanade. Joining Acland and Fitzroy Streets, the Esplanade is a picturesque street overlooking the Port Phillip Bay and home to Melbourne's art elite.  edit
  • Fitzroy Street. Running between St Kilda Road and the Esplanade, Fitzroy St is great for sitting in an outdoor cafe with a cup of coffee and for people watching.  edit
  • St Kilda Pier. A Melbourne landmark, the historic St Kilda Pier dating back to 1853, offers panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline and Port Phillip Bay and is a popular destination for a stroll, cycling and fishing. At the end of the pier is the St Kilda Pier Kiosk which was originally built in 1904.
    St Kilda Pier and Breakwater at sunset
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  • Fairy penguin colony, St Kilda Breakwater, (located at the end of the St Kilda Pier). Visit the St Kilda Breakwater 30 minutes after sunset to see the local fairy penguin colony. While not as dramatic as the Phillip Island Penguin Parade, visitors can view the penguins close up as they return after a day at sea. There is no cost but visitors need to stick to the paths and are asked not to touch the penguins or to shine lights on the penguins, including camera flashes. Local volunteers are present most nights with red light torches to help visitors and protect the penguins.  edit
  • Botanical Gardens, 11 Herbert St. The Garden is open between sunrise and sunset seven days a week and the conservatory is open between 10.30am and 3.30pm all week days and from dawn to dusk Saturday to Sunday and on public holidays. free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Luna Park, 18 Lower Esplanade, +61 03 9525 5033, [1]. Hours are seasonal, but at a minimum Sa, Su and holidays, see website for specific times. Luna Park is a St Kilda icon, a funfair with the 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. There is a small entry fee to cover the restoration works and rides can be purchased individually or as part of an unlimited rides package. $2 entry only, $10.95 single ride, $39.95 - $49.95 unlimited rides.  edit
    Luna Park entrance
  • Esplanade Market, The Esplanade, [2]. Su 10am - 4pm. The market is held every Sunday along the Esplanade. Good variety and prices for souvenirs and local products. Grab a coffee and enjoy stroll outdoors.  edit
  • Walk. Most residents live outdoors and you can easily walk between all the places of interest along the well maintained paths and walking trails. Once you have walked the main streets in St Kilda, including Carlisle Street east of the Nepean Highway, try walking along the beach trails to the beaches the locals use; south to the picturesque Elwood beach or north all the way to Station. Another great walk is the 5km loop around Albert Park Lake, home of the Melbourne Grand Prix. See the Melbourne/South Melbourne district for more information.  edit
  • Cycle, [3]. St Kilda has well developed bike paths and cycling is a great way to get around. Rinding along St Kilda Beach, around Albert Park Lake or down to Station Pier is a great way to spend an afternoon. Melbourne CBD is also a short ride from St Kilda. The Melbourne blue bikes can be hired for short journeys from the many docks around the area. Helmets must be worn when riding in Australia.  edit
  • Skydive, 2A Marine Parade, +61 1300 663 634, [4]. Skydive above Melbourne and land on the beach in St Kilda. $369.  edit
  • Kite Surf, Middle Park Beach, +61 03 9537 0644, [5]. St Kilda is an excellent place to learn to kite surf, with many rental places and surf schools located along Middle Park Beach, just north of St Kilda Beach.  edit
  • Midsumma Festival, [6]. Midsumma Festival is an annual celebration of queer, intersex, transsexual, transgender, bisexual, lesbian and gay culture, held during January and February in St Kilda. The festival began as a one-week celebration of gay pride in 1989. The festival has expanded over the years to a three-week event that attracts 120,000 individuals to its opening Carnival alone.  edit
  • St Kilda Festival, [7]. A free celebration of community spirit, Australian music and the beautiful St Kilda foreshore. Since the first St Kilda Festival in 1980, this well-loved annual summer celebration has established itself as an iconic event that brings hundreds of thousands of people together for one massive day of fun! There’s a diverse programme packed with music, dance, free activities for all ages, shops, markets, food and drink. The major roads in St Kilda are closed for the event so plan your travel accordingly. free.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Scout House Vintage, 125 Grey Street St Kilda (Corner of Grey and Barkly), [8]. 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. A vibrant haven for locals and visitors alike. You are likely to have an enjoyable afternoon sitting on the terrace when it is sunny. The Vineyard has an enviable location beside a large park, O'Donnell Gardens, with its undulating land scape and Grand Canaries palm trees beside Luna Park. Sunday evenings at the Vineyard are usually packed with young locals and the remnants of weekend parties who are partying on to Melbourne's finest DJ's.

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


  • base pizza, 107-111 grey street, 95343404, [9]. Excellent simple pizza great bases and resonable prices .. simple fresh and effective  edit

Budget[edit]

  • The 'Banff' café [17] 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. Note that there is an alcohol ban in public places from 8 pm to 9 am daily throughout the year and total alcohol bans in all public places during major holidays. See Stay Safe for additional details.

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

  • Robarta and the nest, 109 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, VIC 3182, Australia, +61 3 9534 9041, [10]. 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, [11]. 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, Coldplay, Bright Eyes and Goldfrapp to name but a very select few.  edit
  • The Local Taphouse, 184 Carlisle St, 03 9537 2633, [12]. 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

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Habitat HQ, 333 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda, Melbourne, +61 3 9537 3777 (, fax: +61 3 9537 3888), [13]. 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 ([email protected]). 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 [18]
  • Base Melbourne (Base Melbourne St Kilda), 17 Carlisle St, St Kilda, Melbourne, +61 3 8598 6200 (), [14]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 10am. 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. from $22.  edit
  • Jackson’s Manor, 53 Jackson St, St Kilda, 9534 1877 ([email protected]). Dorm beds $19-$24, single $58, double/twin $30 pp.
  • Olembia Guesthouse, 96 Barkly St (near Inkerman and Grey Sts), St Kilda, 9537 1412 ([email protected], 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. [19]
  • Nomads St Kilda Hostel (The Coffee Palace), 24 Grey Street, St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC, 3182 (just off Fitzroy street), 0061 (03) 9534 5283 (), [15]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 10am. One of Melbournes largest and most popular backpackers with 4/6/8 bed dorms, some ensuite, and singles, twins and doubles. Large kitchen/communal lounge area and social events every night. Groups welcome. from $20.  edit
  • 26 Dalgety Garden, 13/26 Dalgety Street, [16]. Art-deco/Edwardian style apartment complemented with a fresh and functional designed interior. Lovely building, awesome home away. All you need for one or more days in St.Kilda 95-150.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Alcohol Bans[edit]

In addition to state alcohol legislation, the City of Port Phillip, which St Kilda belongs to, has local alcohol bans. Victoria Police enforce these local laws and penalties apply.

  • Year round bans There is an alcohol ban in public places from 8 pm to 9 am daily throughout the year. Additionally, there is a 24-hour alcohol ban on all roads and streets within the City of Port Phillip. This means it is an offence to consume alcohol or have an open container on streets and roads (including footpaths) at all times of the day. This doesn’t affect outdoor licensed dining or permitted events.
  • Holiday period bans During holiday periods St Kilda's beaches and streets become very busy and the City of Port Phillip implement 24-hour alcohol bans in all public places (including parks foreshore areas and other Council-owned public spaces) to keep St Kilda clean and safe for everyone to enjoy. For the most up-to-date information see www.portphillip.vic.gov.au.

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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