Melbourne/St Kilda

St Kilda is a vibrant beachside suburb of Port Phillip, in south-eastern inner Melbourne, Australia. St. Kilda is famous for its beach life and the bar and restaurant 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

St Kilda is conveniently reached from the City Centre by public transport; a map of St Kilda and the surrounding area's public transport network is available on the PTV website.

By tram

The best way to reach St Kilda from the city centre is by tram. The journey takes approximately 25 minutes.

The eastern periphery of St Kilda, including St Kilda East, can be reached by Route 67 (towards Carnegie) or Route 3 (towards East Malvern).

By train

St Kilda does not have a railway station, with the former railway converted to the Route 96 light rail tram. St Kilda East is serviced by Balaclava Station on the Sandringham Line.

By bus

Buses are useful for accessing the more residential areas of St Kilda and its surrounds that lack tram services. High-frequency Route 246 operates along Punt Road and connects St Kilda East to Melbourne's inner east. Bus routes 600, 606, 922 and 923 run via Mitford St and Broadway in Elwood, south of St Kilda.

By bike


By car

From the City Centre, St Kilda is best reached via St Kilda Road, the continuation of Swanston Street in the CBD. At St Kilda Junction, follow the signage for Fitzroy St. The journey takes approximately 25 minutes, depending on traffic.

See

Luna Park

Do

St Kilda botanic gardens

Events

Buy

Melbourne skyline from St. Kilda Pier

Eat

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.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

St Kilda Beach

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

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Connect

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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