"Tourist Mecca" Saint Kilda by ray_d

Saint Kilda Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 26 photos

The Place

No more than 6 Km from the city centre, St. Kilda is an old suburb of Melbourne.
It started as a Holiday place for the City dwellers. Somewhere with a beach and easy access from the city. Far enough to release your mind from life's problems.
A profusion of Mansions and Hotels of the time are still standing and make a beautiful backdrop to a busy life.
Although a lot of these places have been turned into apartments, the integrity of the buildings stay to grace the look of this vibrant suburb.


The thousands of photographs of Luna Park miss a beautiful landmark. To the left of it is the Palias Theatre. A grand and beautiful establishment from another era. Little is said about the heritage of St Kilda. People use the place oblivious to its importance in the architectural history of Australia.
We use these buildings as normal and preserve them by not noticing that they are any more than roofs for our head.

The Sea Baths

It used to be the delineation between sexes, a keeper of good taste in a society of prudes. Today a restaurant and shop complex including gymnasium and swimming pool.
These are the standards that Tourists help us uphold.
A large part of St Kilda's economy is tourism, both local and foreign.
For that I thank all the VTs who have spent time and money with us.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful buildings, wonderful people, diverse lifestyles.
  • Cons:Where there is healthy trade there is the occasional shark.
  • In a nutshell:If experienced it is fun, if your first time use your home town's same yardstick in trusting people.
  • Intro Updated May 14, 2004
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  • cnango's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2006 at 5:13 PM

    Hi Ray ! Great pics & commentary. Hayley (hailsbails) Daniel (kiwi_dan1979) & I are staying 5 days in St Kilda for the Big Meet . I look forward to meeting you & seeing this special place in May : )

  • GillianMcLaughlin's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2005 at 11:24 AM

    Hi. I see I left a question here in July 2004... the question remains pertinent: "Do you know the story about the original St Kilda (place, not person)?". It's in Scotland and the story is fascinating.

  • Purpleshade's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2005 at 3:53 PM

    beautiful sunset. Lesley

  • mesoblonda's Profile Photo
    Jun 21, 2005 at 9:04 PM

    And St. Kilda...sigh...!!

  • Sarita76's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2005 at 6:54 AM

    Ciao Ray! Nice page about Melbourne!!! I have a picture in front of the Luna Park, of course :) It's like the leaning tower in Pisa! :) Hugs, Sara

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2004 at 8:35 AM

    Can't wait to see it. Perhaps we had better start thinking about the Melbourne meeting? What day? Nice pub with cheapish food? What do you think?

  • Xemx's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2004 at 12:07 PM

    St Kilda brings back a lot of childhood memories for me...it's nice to come across a page dedicated to it....thanks.

  • diosh's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2004 at 3:31 AM

    Sorry-forgot to say- love your pages!

  • K.Knight's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2004 at 1:49 AM

    Love the place, not the footy team! Go the lions!!!!

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2004 at 5:53 AM

    Gr8 intro to St Kilda Ray. Must get down to check it out myself one of these days.


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