St Kilda is a remarkable place. It is a suburb of Melbourne just 6km south east of the city centre. It is situated on one of the most picturesque points of the Bay a short distance from the city, and has safe sandy beaches. Back in the first half of the century St. Kilda was one of the most fashionable suburbs of Melbourne with grand homes and grand people. Today, it is enjoying a resurgence.
The suburb is famous for its food, entertainment and nightlife. Acland Street is a busy shopping precinct well known for its cafes and fashion shops. Nearby Fitzroy Street is renowned for its restaurants, hotels and bars.
Well connected by tram and bus from the Central Business District (CBD), St Kilda is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle. A quick half hour tram journey will get you to beautiful St Kilda Beach where you can enjoy stunning vistas and peaceful surroundings. St Kilda Beach, with gentle bay waves, is popular with swimmers and sunbathers during the summer months. The suburb is also home to many of Melbourne’s famous visitor attractions including Luna Park, the Esplanade Hotel, Acland Street and Fitzroy Street. If you love the theatre, festivals and big events, you’ll love this suburb of Melbourne.
St. Kilda has run Melbourne’s first major arts and crafts market which has been run on the Esplanade every Sunday since the 1980s. St. Kilda is also home to many major annual events. The largest of these is the St. Kilda Festival, which since 1980 has grown over recent years and now attracts over half a million young people to the area each year. St Kilda also hosts the annual Gay Pride March, which starts at Lakeside Drive and heads down Fitzroy Street to the Catani Gardens. St Kilda is also home to the many venues of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival.