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Things To Do In St Kilda

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While St Kilda lends itself to doing absolutely as little as possible and loving it, there are also lots of things to do. Melbourne’s bay & beachside is somewhat of a paradox. It can be laid back and vibrant at the same time and it is hard to believe that just 5km from the CBD you can be transported to totally different scenery and lifestyle. Once home to Melbourne’s red-light area, these it is days is awash with trendy cafes, bars and a beach lifestyle as well as many attractions.

At the Jewish Museum of Australia you can engage with Jewish heritage and culture. It is on Alma Road, opposite one of Melbourne’s most beautiful synagogues. As well as the beach there are delightful gardens for a wander, a sit or a picnic like Catani Gardens and the lovely St Kilda Botanical Gardens. For coffee, cake, a snack or a meal with atmosphere where you can enjoy watching the passing parade, head to Fitzroy Street (where Rydges St Kilda is located) or famous Acland Street.

Acland Street is not far from the beach and iconic Luna Park. Luna Park was modelled on New York’s Coney Island and opened in 1912. With traditional rides and sideshows, it’s a rewarding family fun park as well as a slice of history. There is a marvellous mix of heritage-listed attractions as well as all the latest thrill rides. The most famous attraction is the Scenic Roller Coaster, which is the oldest continuously operating wooden roller coaster in the world – lots of dips, turns and thrills at speed with the bonus bay views.

Visit the unique Sea Baths for a swim, some day spa pampering, the gymnasium or fabulous dining in the cafés and restaurants. The Sea Baths have defined the bayside lifestyle since the middle of the 19th Century. Back then swimming from the open beach during daylight hours was prohibited, so bathers had to swim within the baths… something that became increasingly popular when the railway line from Melbourne to St Kilda was built in 1857. There is a 25 metre heated seawater pool, a hydrotherapy spa pool, unisex aromatherapy steam room and a lounge area with sweeping views of Port Phillip Bay.

Make St Kilda your base to enjoy the Australian Open, the AFL or the Grand Prix at Albert Park. Stroll the Esplanade and St Kilda Pier for views of the Melbourne skyline and Port Phillip Bay. Wet a line or watch others fishing. Spot a penguin or two. Catch the ferry to Williamstown. Cycle, rollerblade or hop in a St Kilda Rickshaw for a tour of the town.

St Kilda Rickshaws offer a fun, exciting, safe, and environmentally friendly way to explore the bayside precinct. This pedal-powered service provides visitors with a memorable ride around attractions including Luna Park, the Esplanade Hotel, Acland Street, Fitzroy Street, St Kilda Beach and renowned theatres like the Astor and the wonderful art-deco Palais Theatre, the largest seated theatre in Australia. There are set tours and they can be tailor-made to suit.

 

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