Brian, a Melburnian friend of mine, picked me up from the hotel, and we were on our way to somewhere honestly I had no clue where he was heading. He drove a few miles then ended up to a relaxed seaside neighborhood with its unique vibe called St Kilda. I think one of the most picturesque points of the Bay a short distance from the city. Which got superb sandy beaches, classy nightlife, nice pubs, fine dining, boutique cake shops, recreational park, and I guess the most fashionable suburbs of Melbourne with grand homes and friendly people.

St Kilda, Melbourne City Skyline
St Kilda, Melbourne City Skyline

This bayside suburb, a 20 minutes tram ride from Melbourne, is one of the main tourist destinations and is renowned for the relaxing retreat from the city. We walked along the beautiful and clean shore, took in the views of people kitesurfing, skating, and jogging in a relatively cold and windy day.

A View from St. Kilda Beach
A View from St. Kilda Beach

Things To Do in St. Kilda

Check Out Acland Street

There are many things to do and see at St. Kilda. Still, I was lucky enough to see Acland Street, one of the leading destinations for visitors to Melbourne and among the world’s top backpacker destinations because of the busy cafes and St Kilda’s proximity’s beaches.

Acland St in St Kilda
Melbourne’s famous Acland St in St Kilda

Visit Luna Park

Luna Park is a historic amusement park located on the shore of Port Philip Bay in St Kilda. It is well known for the famous scenic railway roller coaster.

Luna Park in St Kilda
Luna Park in St Kilda

St Kilda Esplanade Market

The Esplanade is located right next to Luna Park, a world-renowned market for high-quality and authentic Australian products. Take the 15 minutes tram (#16 or #96) ride from the city to get there. Open every Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Watch Sunset from St Kilda Pier

The view of Melbourne city skyline is spectacular from the pier, particularly during the sunset. I would highly recommend this spot for a photo opportunity.

Sunset view from St Kilda Pier
Sunset view from St Kilda Pier

Hike Along The St Kilda Beach

About 700 meters long sandy St Kilda beach stretches from Melbourne Port to St Kilda and further. It is an excellent walk following the pathway. There are plenty of cafes along the way, and the opportunity to see penguins around the pier.

Boardwalk along the St. Kilda Beach
Boardwalk along the St. Kilda Beach

How To Get There

From Melbourne city hop on a tram from Melbourne city center to St. Kilda with an approximate travel time of 20 minutes. Tram passes down Fitzroy Street, along Esplanade and terminates on Acland Street.

From the Airport to St. Kilda is super easy. Taking the Skybus is the cheapest, it cost $18 each way. Otherwise, there are plenty of Taxi at the airport or choose Uber ride service.

Melbourne Tram, Australia
A convenient way to travel between Melbourne and St. Kilda

Where to stay in St Kilda, Melbourne

Quest St Kilda Bayside, 1 Eildon Road, Melbourne

Quest St Kilda Apartments is Just 5 minutes’ walk from St Kilda Beach, Quest offers accommodations with a private balcony and a fully equipped kitchen. Guests enjoy a fitness center, and a heated pool and BBQ facilities available in the summer months.

Guests are welcome to self-cater using their fully equipped kitchen, which offers an oven, refrigerator, microwave, and dishwasher. Alternatively, you can dine at nearby restaurants with your meal costs added to your room bill.

Cosmopolitan Hotel Melbourne, 2 – 8 Carlisle Street, Melbourne

Overlooking St Kilda beach, Cosmopolitan Hotel Melbourne is ideally located at the heart of vibrant St Kilda, only 2 minutes from Acland Street’s café culture and with a tram stop in front of the hotel. Luna Park, Palais Theater, St Kilda Arts Market, and The Esplanade are all on the doorstep.

Have Local Food in Melbourne

Many restaurants in the Brighton area offer local cuisine, Pizza, Australian, International, and Vegetarian Friendly. They are open for all-day dining with a buzzing atmosphere. I tried quite a few restaurants during my visit.

My Opinion and Last Word

Have you been to Melbourne, Australia? Any cool tips to share?

I loved being to this country down under and want to go back again. Hope my story have motivated you to visit Australia. 

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