Exploring St Kilda by foot

Exploring St Kilda by foot
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St Kilda is a bustling and vibrant place and there’s no better way to explore than on foot. Nestled between Port Philip Bay, Albert Park Lake and leafy Balaclava, there are certainly no shortages of activities and sights to see in St Kilda.

St Kilda Foreshore

Spend an afternoon exploring the entire foreshore of St Kilda. Start north and stroll down through the lush Catani Gardens which sit right on the beach. Enjoy views of Port Phillip Bay, St Kilda Pier and the harbour; the pier is a great spot for photos! There’s always plenty of action out happening on the water – ships, sail boats, jet skis, paragliders, windsurfers and kite enthusiasts. As you make your way down the foreshore you might like to pop into the St Kilda Sea Baths. Enjoy a leisurely dip in soothing heated sea water straight from the Bay, relax with a massage or chill out in the aromatherapy steam room. There’s plenty on offer including restaurants and cafes. See that big white structure up ahead and hear those screams? Keep walking and you’ll see the iconic Luna Park...

Luna Park

As an icon of Melbourne and the heart and soul of St Kilda, Luna Park boasts carnival flair, roller coasters, rides, attractions and of course fairy floss! This 103 year old theme park oozes historic charm and nostalgia but still satisfies the thrill seekers with rides such as the Great Scenic Railway, Pharaoh’s Curse, Power Surge and Enterprise. For those less inclined to travel at great heights pick from Street Legal Dodgems, Ghost Train or the Silly Serpent. Luna Park is not to be missed! 

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Acland Street 

A bustling strip of shops located just behind the foreshore, Acland Street is well worth the wander. Jam packed with cafes, restaurants, tables and chairs spilling all over the pavement, boutique shops and culture, it’s a great spot to stop for lunch or a coffee while exploring St Kilda. This strip is a definite ‘foodie’ location. A local favourite is Monarch Cakes, famous for delicious and exquisite pastries and cakes.

You can also check out Fitzroy Street, the Esplanade, Barkly Street and Carlisle Street.

St Kilda Botanical Gardens

The beautiful St Kilda Botanical Gardens is a great way to while away an afternoon relaxing with friends. There are gazebos, glasshouses, BBQ’s and plenty of benches and quiet spots. Why not grab a picnic from Antipasto Delicatessen or La Formaggeria or one of the many cafes on Acland Street and lounge under a palm? 

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