- Type: Beaches
NileGuide Expert Says:
With its curious mix of wealthy hedonists, struggling artists and bohemian in-betweens, St Kilda has always had something different to the rest of Melbourne. Grotty backpackers mingle with sophisticated diners; street performers and kite boarders contort themselves on sand and water; poets and songwriters occupy the grassy flats beneath towering palms.
- With its markets, funfairs and nightclubs, St. Kilda's actual beach is often overlooked. Just 20 minutes from the city by tram, it runs between the St. Kilda marina and the Royal Melbourne Yacht Club and is backed by parks and bike paths. It is a popular spot for a stroll, rollerblade or a sun-bake on a warm weekend, or to people watch, but swimming is somewhat less popular (not surprising so close to the city!) However, there is plenty more to keep you occupied. The historic St. Kilda pier is a favorite spot for a romantic evening stroll and the adjacent breakwater contains a small but growing colony of fairy penguins. And of course, the lively street life of Acland and Fitzroy Streets is just around the corner. The sand is raked daily by especially imported cleaning machines, and dogs are banned from the beach from Nov 1 to Apr 30, except for a small section north of the yacht club, where they are permitted year round.
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