Oh, Melbourne. I love a lot of places and I have incredible experiences left, right and centre, but there are not many destinations in which I sit and think, I could see myself here long term. But with Melbourne I did,more specifically.
In this blog post I have put together my favourite things to do in St.Kilda, my top tips and favourite spots so that when you’re planning your trip, you know just where to go…
St. Kilda is a small seafront town located in Melbourne, just outside the city centre. When I told people I was going to useas my base to explore Melbourne from, people suggested otherwise, preferring Fitroy or other city centre locations. I was told was quite far out and that it would require a lot of effort to get into the city itself.
The 25-minute tram that runs so frequently you don’t even need to look up the tram times, after the expectation of some kind of 2-hour, 3-change schedule, felt like a breeze.
If, like me, you love the city but after a while it gets a bit too hectic and starts to suffocate you… And if, like me, you absolutely love the beach, but after a while of lying around you need some stimulation and drive to keep you content…
Then you’ll love St. Kilda, it’s the best of both worlds and seems to have nailed the balance.
Getting from the airport to book here or pay on the bus.is super simple. If you’re on a budget, are travelling solo or just like to save wherever possible (like I do), then getting the Skybus is your best bet. It cost $18 each way and takes about half an hour –
Otherwise there are loads of taxis outside the airport for you to jump in.
St. Kilda’s main stretch is right where the tram pulls in, hosting two parallel lines either side of coffee shops, trendy boutiques, high street stores, supermarkets and restaurants. People seem to always be occupying the outdoor cafe seats, drenched in sunshine whilst catching up over a frothy coffee. And if they aren’t, you can guarantee they’ll be in their sweats running the length of the promenade or cooling off in the ocean.
The beaches may be man made here inbut they are footsteps from the high street, and showcase some of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen. To top it off, as you lay on the beach, the view is framed by Melbourne’s skyline. It’s stunning.
Head away from the city and down the coastal path with your bike, your trainers or your skates and you’ll find miles upon miles of beaches, clear waters, picnic spots and gorgeous lookouts to enjoy. Then there’s discoveringvery own Botanical Gardens, enjoying Luna Park come alive by night, listening to the buskers, the Thursday night food and music market and the crazy delicious Matcha Restaurant hosts (my personal favourite).
Yep, a healthy Matcha infused menu of ABSOLUTE DIVING EATING. This restaurant is enough reason alone to move to . And there’s plenty more goodness where that comes from; Melbourne is filled with healthy eating cafes and eateries. YAY.
Walk right as you leaveand follow the crowd right up to the end of the pier to where there is a penguin sanctuary. It’s pretty much a given you will see them about, usually just as the sun sets.
One of my favourite days in Australia and something I actually enjoyed doing solo for a bit of head space and peace. I rented my bike from Check out my bike route here!cycles and just followed the ocean path.
Often hosting live music and situated right on the sea front, Republica is the coolest place to hang out for dinner or for cocktails… any day of the week.
HEAVEN. Highly recommend the Two poached vegan egg, saffron hollaindaise, corn fritters, fried cauliflower + crispy kale’ from their #NOFILTER menu, oh and the matcha pancakes too!
You can’t miss it, the big white complex right by the beach front with a sky high rollercoaster lining the circumference. The rides aren’t THAT thrilling, but you gotta get a selfie out the front and well, if you’re down for a laugh… A few glasses of wine and an upside downer is always fun. (I never said that).
What’s more, it’s free entry!
This festival of community spirit is held every February. For more info, check out the website here.
Okay, there’s no legit squad (that I know of) but everyone works out along the front. Be it running, skating, cycling, walking the dog or leading your own little HIIT sequence, you won’t feel out of place.
Near where Nomads hostel is, in the likes of The George, is where you’ll find most younguns at the weekend.
The vegetarian restaurant was one of Australia’s first social enterprises, promoting inclusion and fairness. You ‘pay’ what you think the meal is worth / what you can in money or in time (volunteering).
Tandem skydive over Melbourne and St Kilda, with a beach landing – epic!
is amazing, but head into the city and the options are extended beyond your wildest dreams. Go explore the likes of the Night Market, the art lanes, the coffee shops and the Eureka Sky Tower.
What were your favourite spots? I’d love to know!
Love as always and happy adventuring,
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