If there is one place that draws locals and tourists outside the city center of Melbourne, Australia, it would be St. Kilda. Aside from being just another Melbourne’s inner southern great suburb, St. Kilda has become a beloved family retreat. The suburb is also an ideal access point for other beautiful beach-side suburbs like the Albert Park and Elwood.
Even though it is family friendly, St. Kilda has also maintained its trendy vibe and bustling nightlife. Thus, a visit to this suburb will ignite all your senses. Among the other things that this suburb is also known for are, the picturesque bayside view of Port Phillip completed by a charming boardwalk, lovely gardens, parks, beaches and traditional buildings with European architecture. There are numerous things to see in this seemingly simple suburb like the shopping street of Acland, and the fashionable Fitzroy Street. However, the two top attractions that you should definitely explore if your time is limited are the St. Kilda Bayside area and the Luna Park.
The Stunning Bayside
The bayside area of St. Kilda is a spot is swarming with interesting attractions. One of these attractions is the sandy St. Kilda Beach, which one of the most famous beaches in Australia. The beach is known to have some of the cleanest water in the metropolitan area. Aside from swimming and sunbathing, some of the exhilarating activities you can do on the beach are kite-surfing, jet-skiing, windsurfing and sailing.
Within the bayside area is the St. Kilda Pier, whose centre piece is a kiosk made in 1904. The viewing deck of this kiosk gives you the most scenic views of the bay. Aside from climbing the kiosk, you can also walk over to the rocky breakwater. Walking beside the pier entrance leads you to the St. Kilda Sea Baths. Spending time in this commercial and recreational center is a great experience, because it is complete with wonderful facilities like sea water pool, spas, cafes, bars, gym and restaurants.
The bayside is also home to a Marina constructed in 1969 and is equipped with waterfront restaurants and a boardwalk for the public to use. The St. Kilda vicinity is the hub for outdoor activities. People come here to bike or jog along the carefully constructed pathways.
The Oldest Amusement Park
Just a few minutes from St. Kilda Beach, is the iconic amusement complex called Luna Park. It is considered to be one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. Thus, coming here makes you experience the marriage of thrilling recreation and rich history.
Even though there are many ultra-modern and larger amusement complexes in Australia, you will find that Luna Park has a certain unmatched charm to it. Perhaps, this is due to its long history and its desire not to veer away from its cultural heritage. The park successfully compromises the past and present by Luna Park by keeping some traditional rides while also offering newer and more thrilling ones.
The Enterprise, Pharaoh’s Curse, Twin Dragon and Shock Drops are all exhilarating and enjoyable rides. However, the Scenic Railway is the best attraction in the park. The Scenic Railway is the oldest operating in the roller-coaster in the world and the only existing one in Melbourne.