Outside the city of Melbourne lies the small town of St Kilda, 7 km south east of the Central Business District.
Long white sandy beaches invite you to relax close to the city. It is indeed « The place to be » to chill, enjoy the beach with friends and have a barbecue at sunset … that’s where we celebrated Christmas with friends, dining on the beach. It was a great time!
St Kilda is just 15 minutes from the city center: 3 / 3a (Melbourne University to East Malvern), 16 (Melbourne University to Kew), 67 (Melbourne University to Carnegie), 79 (North Richmond to Luna Park), 96 (Brunswick Street to St Kilda Beach) and 112 (West Preston to St Kilda Fitzroy Street). The nearest suburban railway station is in Balaclava; You have to take lines 3 / 3a, 16 or 79 to reach the center of St Kilda. Buses can take you to Southland Shopping Center (lines 600, 922 and 923), Glen Waverley (line 623) or Elsternwick / Clifton Hill (line 246).
The majority of French backpackers who settle in Melbourne choose this spot in particular to pack their bags because St Kilda is the nearest seaside district of the CBD and because many hostels are located there. There is an air of vacation that you do not find in town!
Despite a sometimes sulphurous reputation, St Kilda prides itself on bringing together famous attractions such as Luna Park, St Kilda Beach, several renowned concert halls and the bustling streets of Fitzroy Street and Acland Street. Besides swimming and sunbathing, many activities are proposed such as kitesurfing, windsurfing, jet-skiing, parachuting, beach volleyball, etc.
The famous Luna Park is an all-year-round amusement park, located between the beach and Acland Street. It was opened in December 1912 and is therefore over 100 years old! Like his colleague of Sydney built in 1935, the Luna Park of St Kilda is characterized by its very funny entrance in the shape of mouth.
You can also discover small penguins at the end of the pier Saint Kilda Pier which is close to the harbor. When night falls and the sun goes down, they come out of the water and climb up the small beach and the rocks to sleep. There are about 1000 penguins who have taken up residence in St Kilda since 1974. It is a very cute experience!