24 Hours in St Kilda Melbourne (by a local)

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If you only have one day in Melbourne Australia and you are looking for how to make the most of your time, we think you should spend your 24 hours in St Kilda. This vibrant and eclectic suburb is located just 6 kilometers from Melbourne CBD and is known for its beautiful beaches, live music venues, and thriving food and drink scene. St Kilda is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, offering something for everyone, from adventure seekers, pet lovers to culture buffs.

How to Spend the Perfect 24 Hours in St Kilda Melbourne from a Local’s Perspective

Advice on how to spend the perfect one day in St Kilda, the eclectic Melbourne suburb from a local’s perspective. Go beyond the best things to do in St Kilda and discover the local favorites.


Spend 24 hours in St Kilda at the St Kilda Pier

Wake up and head towards one of its many local cafes to enjoy a delicious breakfast. There will be no issue in finding one to suit your taste and some popular options to try include:
Abbey Road Cafe: a vibrant hangout decorated with vintage music posters and instruments, serving familiar comfort food.
Grocery Bar: Breakfast and lunch cafe, serving 5 Senses coffee 7 days a week.
These venues also include an outdoor area with water bowls for your pup to stay refreshed.
After breakfast, take a stroll to St Kilda Beach and enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean. Walking along the boardwalk is a great way to start your day, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even take a swim, try kite surfing or paddle-boarding or just sit as the world goes by. If you are travelling with your furry companion, during the months of April to October, they will love to run along the sandy beach and dip their paws into the ocean.
Next, to make the most of your one day in St Kilda, make your way to the St Kilda Pier and take in the stunning views of the bay. If you are lucky, you may be able to spot a number of penguins that live under the pier during the day. This is unique to St Kilda that you won’t find anywhere else. Pets are prohibited from this area so as to not scare the penguins who are nesting in this area.
Continue your morning walk for 2km (will take about 30 minutes) towards the dog-friendly St Kilda Botanical Gardens. Take a stroll through the gardens and enjoy the peace and tranquility it offers. With its beautiful flowers and exotic plants, the Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to relax and recharge before continuing your day. If you happen to be visiting on a Sunday, you will pass the famous esplanade market. Here you will find a range of arts, crafts and other original creations to take home. The market is open every Sunday from 10am.


In the afternoon, there are plenty of fun activities to keep you entertained for 24 hours in St Kilda. After lunch, head back to Acland Street and enjoy a light lunch in one of the many restaurants or bars on offer.
Acland Street is also known for its eclectic shopping with its compact and cozy precinct. You will find modern and vintage fashion pieces, homewares, furniture, jewelry, and much more. Being recently closed to traffic, Acland Street is a maze of people, buskers, and people with pets all enjoying the vibrant fun and atmosphere it offers.
Next, head over to the Luna Park amusement park, a historic landmark in St Kilda that has been operating since 1912. Take a step back in time and ride on the roller coasters or play some old-fashioned carnival games. Luna Park is a fun and exciting place that both kids and adults will enjoy.

Pets are once again prohibited from Luna Park so I recommend taking a happy snap outside the famous entrance and continuing your walk along the foreshore or perhaps a lap of Albert Park Lake if you are traveling with pets. If you are interested in visiting, make sure to check the opening hours. Luna Park is not always open during the week and times on the weekend may vary.

Luna Park is a great way to pass 24 hours in St Kilda

 If you are after something more cultural, take a walk to the War Memorial on St Kilda Road. The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The memorial’s purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war or on operational service and those who have served our nation in times of conflict. Its mission is to lead remembrance and understanding of Australia’s wartime experience. The gardens which surround the memorial are lush and green with ample space to enjoy a picnic or throw a frisbee.


St Kilda comes alive with plenty of activities to keep you entertained during your whirlwind 24 hours in St Kilda. The best way to start out your evening is to watch the sunset over the bay from one of the bars along the esplanade. Sip on a drink and enjoy the stunning views as the sun sets over the water.
For dinner, head over to Fitzroy Street, which is home to many restaurants and bars. You can try some delicious pizzas at one of my favorite restaurants Banff or some Italian-inspired dishes at Cafe Di Stasio. Fitzroy Street has something for everyone, with a range of cuisines and dining styles to choose from.
After dinner, experience the local music scene at one of the many live music venues in St Kilda. The Espy and the Prince Bandroom are both iconic venues that have hosted many famous musicians over the years. Whether you’re into rock, jazz, or indie music, you’re sure to find a venue that suits your taste in St Kilda. Enjoy the lively atmosphere and dance the night away to some great tunes.

Tips for 24 Hours in St Kilda

Traveling with a pet? No problem as St Kilda offers an abundance of pet-friendly options and should you need help planning out your day, Pawtal can help. They can locate pet-friendly options to take away any of the hassles you may face when visiting St Kilda. Request a pet service and Pawtal will seek out the perfect itinerary and return it to you in a digital guide with recommended nearby activities.

Getting to St Kilda from Melbourne is easy, with several public transport options available. If you are traveling from the airport, St. Kilda is easily accessible via the SkyBus Peninsula Express from the Melbourne airport. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or from the driver by card only for $25 per adult with up to 4 children.
If you’re coming from the CBD, you can take the tram from Flinders Street Station or Southern Cross Station. The most direct tram is the 96, which will take you to St Kilda in around 20-30 minutes. Other trams that go to St Kilda include the 16 and the 3a.
If you prefer to take the train, you can take the Sandringham line from Flinders Street Station to Windsor Station, which is just a short walk from St Kilda. From there, you can either walk to St Kilda or take the 78 tram. Again, you can use your Myki card to pay for your train fare.
Dogs can travel with you on trains, as long as they’re on a lead and wearing a muzzle. If you bring your dog on a train you must;
•         clean up any mess your dog makes
•         make sure your dog doesn’t sit on seats, or block aisles and doors
•         keep your dog under your control at all times
•         avoid traveling on weekdays between 7 am and 9 am or 4 pm and 6 pm.
Overall, getting to St Kilda from Melbourne is easy and convenient, with several public transport options available to suit your needs. Whilst public transport is easy to discover, paying for it is a little more tricky. To use public transport in Melbourne, you need to purchase a Myki card. These are available from major train stations and some convenience stores.

The best time to visit St. Kilda is during the spring or autumn (fall) for the best temperatures.

Looking for the best places to stay during your 24 hours in St Kilda Melbourne Australia? Here are a few we recommend depending on your budget.

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