Luna Park has to be the first on the must-visit list. This 100+ year old St Kilda icon features heritage listed attractions and brand-new rides designed for maximum thrills and chills. We personally recommend The Scenic Railway – it’s not too scary for the kids, and it offers amazing views.
With a seawater pool and an award-winning day spa, the St Kilda Sea Baths is relaxing for everyone. The baths have been around in some shape or form since the 19th century, and have become a local landmark that also includes a bar, restaurant and gymnasium.
Recently restored, the Palais Theatre would be St Kilda’s most recognisable landmark were it not for its big-mouthed neighbour, Luna Park. This impressive Art Deco building holds nearly 3000 people and features performances from musicians, bands, comedians, theatre productions and more. With a broad range of acts, such as Jimmy Barnes and Robert Plant to less well-known artists, there’s something for everyone. Check their website to see what’s on.
The Esplanade Hotel, lovingly referred to by locals as ‘The Espy’, is possibly Melbourne’s most iconic live-music pub. Over its 100-year history, this venue has hosted the likes of Paul Kelly, Nick Cave, Men at Work, John Farnham and Public Enemy, and is home to the cult music quiz show RocKwiz. The Espy is currently closed as it undergoes renovations, but will reopen in late 2018.
On Sundays, from 10am to 5pm in the lighter months and 10am to 4pm in the darker ones, the St Kilda Esplanade Market features homemade goods of all sorts. From jams and baked treats to cushions and jewellery – take home a little memento from St Kilda.
The Astor Theatre is a stunning Art Deco revival movie theatre on Chapel Street. Great to visit when your feet are feeling tired; they screen everything from the latest blockbusters to rare, cult and foreign classics. Here’s looking at you, Astor.
St Kilda is also home to over 1000 Little Penguins. You can spy these tiny creatures from the St Kilda Pier behind the Little Blue Café. Best time to go is at sunset, but please be kind and don’t use flash photography.
Photography Credit: Jason Mclean