Melbourne: A Quick Guide to St Kilda

Seaside fun and glorious shopping await at beautiful St Kilda.

Melbourne's coastal playground of St Kilda, is home to great shopping, natural beauty and plenty of fun. It's just a quick tram ride from the city.

St Kilda Esplanade Market.
St Kilda Esplanade Market. (©Josie Withers Photography/Visit Victoria)


The neighbouring Acland Street and Barkly Street host between them an array of quality boutiques and unique Australian stores. Prime Athletic specialise in quality streetwear with brands from Australian label Nudie to international labels Nike and Fred Perry. Dot and Herbey is one for the ladies. The store is Australian-owned and manufactured with a huge emphasis on quality. Think Japanese cotton blouses and woollen dresses.

Pick up a great holiday book at Readings to take down to the Pier later. You can’t visit St Kilda without a trip to the St Kilda Esplanade Market. This Sunday market is a vibrant centre and home to generations of creatives. Here you will find a selection of handmade goodies from resin art through to fine prints. 

St Kilda Beach
A glorious sunset at St Kilda Beach (©Roshan Sukhla)

Things to Do

St Kilda Pier has as much history as the city it resides in. The Pier is a great place to enjoy a spot of fishing or a casual stroll or cycle. Sit back, relax and soak up the seaside atmosphere. If you are lucky you might spot a penguin or two.

St Kilda Beach is also a great place to relax and recharge. If you fancy something a little more active, then take a dip in the refreshing waters, organise a game of beach cricket or hire a stand-up paddle board for some ocean exploration. 


Luna Park is home to numerous classic carnival games and rides to enjoy. There are also plenty of carnival goodies to chow down on. There are carousels, Ferris Wheels and even the oldest operating wooden roller coaster in the world! The whole park boasts stunning views of Port Phillip Bay and is the perfect place for visitors of all ages to spend a fun-filled afternoon. 

Luna Park at St Kilda.
Luna Park at St Kilda. (©Roshan Sukhla)