Just 10-minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, St Kilda offers vibrant streets, kitsch saccharine dessert shops and a laidback beachside lifestyle – the ultimate base for travellers.
Whether you are visiting for just a few days, a few weeks or a few months, here are some are our top 10 things to do in St Kilda that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
St. Kilda Esplanade Sunday Market
If you are into arts and crafts then St. Kilda Esplanade Sunday Market (open from 10am-4pm) is a place you should visit. From paintings to henna tattoos and pop-up coffee and food stalls, there’s something for everyone as you wander around the quirky, indie stalls.
Lentil As Anything
With its melting pot of cultures, Melbourne is renowned for its dining scene. At St Kilda’s Lentil As Anything you can experience a unique way of dining as you “pay what you feel” for your meal. This vegetarian restaurant aims to provide tasty and nutritious meals where money is not the primary concern. So if you are on a budget, you will definitely to give this place a go!
Fellow instagrammers, we know your love for snapping your cafe fare, so if you are looking for a nice place to chill and take beautiful pictures with your friends, head down to Acland Street. This area is popular among backpackers as well as locals due to its vibrant cafe culture. So make sure you head here for all your avocado and coffee needs.
Spend a Saturday afternoon strolling around this local beauty which is filled with a number of facilities including; a public golf course, a 5 km walking track around the lake, and the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit. A great source of free entertainment in times of budgeting.
St. Kilda Beach
Want a hub full filled with activities? Check out St. Kilda Beach that accommodates walkers, joggers and rollerbladers on the foreshore and kitesurfers, windsurfers and all-weather swimmers in the waters.
A historic theme park has been the place for fun in St. Kilda for over a century! The entrance is free but you pay for the rides that you want to go on. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you will absolutely love this place, and check their website out for some “unlimited ride passes” to save a few bucks!
Bike Share on the Esplanade
Enjoy the streets of St. Kilda in an efficient way by hiring a bike. There’s no need to worry, as docking stations are everywhere, with various subscriptions – whether it’s daily use at $2.90 or weekly at $8 – you really can’t go wrong! It’s way cheaper than taking a tram, and you’re exercising! Winner!
St. Kilda Festival
Don’t miss some great acts and music at the St. Kilda Festival showcasing some of Australia’s best acts in Music and Dance. With around 400,000 people in attendance and festivities including extreme sports, visual arts, comedy, dance classes, family activities and workshops.
St. Kilda Botanical Gardens
Located just between St. Kilda Road and St. Kilda, the botanical garden provides fun activities such as scoping for wildlife, greenhouses and plenty of grass verges for picnics.
Discover the colony swimming and waddling around their nests. Make the most of the amazing views (and photos) of Melbourne city before sunset.