St. Kilda – the famous Melbourne beach



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Last updated at 25/07/2024, 09:30

Hi, I'm Joanna, the author of The Blond Travels. In the worlds of Thailand and Portugal, I feel like a fish in water - and it's no coincidence! I've been exploring Thailand for over a decade, and I've settled in Portugal for 6 years now. My mission is to support Dreamers - just like you - in discovering these fascinating countries and helping those in love with them find their own place on Earth, preferably for good! Let's uncover these unique corners of the world together.

To me there’s nothing better in this world than laying on the beach, working on my suntan and listening to the waves and seagulls. 
Whenever I travel I tend to spend quite a lot of my time soaking up the sun rays. That’s why I couldn’t miss going to the famous St. Kilda beach in Melbourne. 

St Kilda is located 6 km from the city centre. Its golden sand stretches for around 700 meters from St. Kilda Marina to St. Kilda Harbour.

Since the late 1960s the beach was a hub for artists, musicians, LGBT community and techno scene. It had a really bohemian character, which nowadays is slowly disappearing making space for more sophisticated crowd.
The beach is frequented by everyone from teenagers, through families to the older generation, who want to work on their suntan, swim in the ocean, or go for a long walk. It can get a little crowded during the weekend, but the part closer to the Harbour has more space and is quieter.

Sunday in St. Kilda

The beach is one of the most popular hang outs in the city. People go for a run here, skateboard, eat out, or just sit on the beach, or the grass and chill out.

The beach is lined up with bars and restaurants
The green area of the beach is also full of people
St Kilda is great for cycling, skateboarding and walking

There are a couple of famous spots around St Kilda. One of them is the Luna Park with its beautiful, crazy entrance gate.

Luna Park gate

The St Kilda Pier divides the beach into two parts. It is a great spot for a walk, fishing or jumping straight into the ocean on a hot day.
The views from the Pier are absolutely breathtaking.

The view from the Pier
The view from the Pier

The Pier was built in 1850s and was there to help the traders in unloading timber.
In 1905 St Kilda Pavilion was built, turning the Pier into a recreational spot in St. Kilda, where you could eat and admire the views.

The building was destroyed by arson attack in 2003 and then rebuilt after a massive public support.

Behind the Pavilion there is a little area where you can feed birds and watch the famous little penguins at sunset.

St. Kilda Pavilion

And talking of which – the sunsets in St. Kilda are absolutely beautiful. At the end of a hot day the sky changes colour from purple to orange, red and violet. It is worth waiting a couple of hours just to see it.

The sunset over St. Kilda
St. Kilda Pier at sunset
St. Kilda Pier at sunset
St. Kilda Pier at sunset
St. Kilda Pier at sunset

And after a hot day and lots f walking go to the famous Esplanade Hotel for a refreshing cider or lager. During weekends there have live performances from the local bands, most of the concerts are for free.