Address: St Kilda, Victoria 3182
St Kilda is Melbourne’s most popular beach with its proximity to the numerous attractions of the city’s most famous suburb, St Kilda. It is just 6 kilometres from the city centre. People come here to swim, sunbathe, and have a chit chat at the water front cafes, to jog or walk through its palm-lined boardwalk and also to involve in the huge range of beach activities it offers.
Many recreational activities suited for city dwellers are available at the St Kilda Beach. Kite Surfing, wind surfing, jet skiing, water skiing and sailing are some of them. During the summer days the beach is a full house with people engaging in cycling to playing beach volleyball in and around the beach.
History of St Kilda
St Kilda in its early days was known as Euro – Yroke, the aboriginal word for the red sandstone found in the area. The place was renamed St Kilda by La Trobe who was on a picnic there in 1841. He took the name of the yatch ‘Lady of St Kilda’, which was moored just off the beach. In 1906, the chief engineer of Public works Carlo Catai was contracted to prepare a master plan for the beautification of St. Kilda, which resulted in two hectares of its area redesigned and reserved for recreation.
The Attractions nearby
St Kilda’s most famous attraction is Luna Park. Detailed information about Luna Park is available here. The other attractions are
St Kilda Pier
Address: Pier Rd, St Kilda, Victoria 3182
In 1853 St Kilda Pier and Jetty Company constructed a Jetty here to assist settlers bring building materials to St Kilda. Due to the population growth, the pier became busier and busier, and has undergone many additions and enlargements.
From 1890’s to 1930’s the pier was a gateway for royalty arriving by yatch. The pavilion was once a weather bureau and the kiosk a dance venue for American soldiers during World War II.
A new breakwater was built in 1956 for the Melbourne Olympics, for the yachting events held there. The Kiosk was reduced to a milk bar with takeaways. In 1970, the pier was demolished and was rebuilt replacing the timber structures with reinforced concrete. Around 2.5 million people visit St Kilda Pier every year. The Pier is maintained by Parks Victoria.
The Pier was destroyed in a fire in 2003 and was rebuilt.
The Little Penguins of St Kilda
There is a small colony of Little Penguins that make the rocky St Kilda Breakwater their home.
How to reach St Kilda Beach
Public transport from the CBD:
St Kilda (Fitzroy and Acland Street)
Tram 96 from Bourke Street (stops 134, 138, 140), Tram 16 from Swanston Street (stops 138) or Tram 112 from Collins Street (stop 143); Buses: 246, 600; Night buses: 922 or 923
South Melbourne (Clarendon Street) onto Albert Park/Middle Park
Tram 112 from Collins Street (stop 128) or Tram 1 from Swanston Street (stops 24 and 32)
Tram 109 from Collins Street (stop 129); Buses: 250, 251 or 253
Across Port Phillip
Bus 606 runs from Port Melbourne to St Kilda
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