Backpackers love to stay in Melbourne
St Kilda is Melbourne’s funky beachside suburb! Sitting just on the outskirts of the Melbourne CBD, St Kilda is one of the most picturesque points of the Bay and a favourite Melbourne beach! It is a hip and happening inner city suburb that is a melting pot of cultures by the sea, full of colour & character & it thrives all year round. Travellers, tourists, and backpackers enjoy the bars, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants which are here in St Kilda and provide round the clock entertainment.
Melbourne's beaches are safe and sandy and are a perfect meeting place for sunbathing, sunset afternoons & meeting the locals. The famous St Kilda Pier is home to its own penguin colony which are fun to watch over some local fish & chips.
St Kilda is alive with energy by day or night & you will love the variety of great bars, pubs and clubs. The funky shops offer fun local looks that will have you lounging in local styles in the ever busy cafes. The world famous cakes are also a must!
Summer in St Kilda
During the summer St Kilda is ever popular, offering plenty of sunshine, festival activities, markets and a thriving music scene. Apart from the great beach, which during the summer months attracts thousands of visitors, there are a number of other attractions in St Kilda to keep you occupied. Nights are busy with crowds of both locals & international visitors. It is a hotspot for backpackers & the youth crowd in Acland Street and Fitzroy Street at all the local night spots.
St Kilda Beach
St Kilda is famous for its foreshore - check out the different local beaches and what makes St Kilda so special. There are peaceful gardens surrounding the beach, if you’re interested in a BBQ in the sun or just chilling out. Watch out for local events such as beach volleyball and beach cricket!
While you're staying at Habitat HQ, don't forget to live it up locally and check out everything that makes St Kilda great!
Is only a short walk from Habitat HQ. A stroll down Fitzroy Street will lead you down to St Kilda Beach past its back to back cafes, restaurants, clubs and pubs. There is fantastic on street dining options of every flavour & choice that are popular with the locals & tourists alike.
If it’s a bar you want visit Cushion, Robarta Bar, or The Saint and mix with the locals. For a great live music venue, visit the Prince of Wales Band Room or continue round the corner from 1 Fitzroy to the upper esplanade for more live music action at the famous Esplanade Hotel (The Espy)
Luna Park is a famous amusement park that opened in 1912 and a visit is a must! You can’t help but feel excitement as you pass through the iconic laughing face. Be transported back in time by this charming historic seaside amusement park complete with a wooden roller coaster and other rides. The laughing face facade and roller coaster have both been classified by the National Trust. You will love an school roller coaster ride for some fun!
Is one of Melbourne's Food Precincts that opens you to Luna Park, the park land hugging St Kilda Beach & leads you to the upper esplanade for weekend markets. It is always thriving with activity. It is also a long-time favorite of Melbournians and tourists alike because of its famous cakes shops. It is now the number one stop for backpackers because of the live music scene, busy cafes and close proximity to the St Kilda beaches. You will find everything at your disposal here for a good time. It is vibrant & full of Melbourne’s cultural beachside scene because it is a place to seen.
Music in St Kilda
St Kilda locals good music in all forms & St Kilda boosts institutional venues that support grass root local bands to touring national gigs waiting for their big break, plus big names who love to live the nostalgia of St Kilda performances of their early days. So check out the local gig guides, a few make see venues to start you off on your St Kilda music experience for bands, musicians & music performers are at the famous Esplanade Hotel (The Espy), The Prince of Wales Bandroom & Pure Pop Records to name a few.
(Between Fitzroy & Acland Streets on the foreshore)
The locals know the upper esplanade sits between 1 Fitzroy Street & the beginning of Acland Street on the St Kilda beach foreshore. It has fantastic views of the Bay. The newly restored and refurbished St Kilda Sea Baths makes for a handy swim & rejuvenation.
This is where The Esplanade Market, St Kilda set up on Sundays stall after stall of local arts & crafts. The famed Esplanade Hotel (The Espy) sits on the Upper Esplanade.
St Kilda Sea Baths
Don’t let the name mislead you the St Kilda Baths have more on offer than just swimming. It is a unique waterfront experience where you can spoil yourself with treatments from the day spa, have a stretch in the pool with some laps & enjoy the wining & dining of alfresco spaces to watch the cultural mix of St Kilda Beach under your feet. It has got it all, and in summer you may even enjoy the tunes of one of their outdoor DJ’s as you watch the sunset!
St Kilda Botanical Gardens
The St Kilda Botanical Gardens are one of St Kilda’s best kept secrets. It is a delightful sanctuary that is located off Acland Street on Blessington Street. It is a typical hang out for locals to picnic and walk their dogs. It is a great space for finding shade & reading under the trees. Don’t miss the rose gardens which are spectacular & some of Melbourne’s finest.
St Kilda Markets
Do you want something unique & special? The Esplanade Market, St Kilda have been on every Sunday since 1970! It is located on the upper Esplanade with close to 200 stalls of local artisan’s works & products for you buy as a St Kilda memorabilia. There is every kind of collectable, original gift ideas to discuss with the very makers. It is perfect for a picturesque Sunday stroll with the Bay as the backdrop for the long line of stalls. Be ready, make sure you are cashed up for a fun walk in the sun.
St Kilda Festival - Habitat HQ a proud sponsor.
St Kilda Festival is one of Australia's favourite music festivals and definitely on the calendar for any music lover living in and around Melbourne. Habitat HQ are a sponsor of this event in 2011 as a supporting venue for LIVE N LOCAL plus giving sponsor accommodation to visiting artists performing across the program. St Kilda's stunning foreshore is the platform for the event which loves to celebrate the cream of Australia's musical talents. Like the St Kilda Film Festival it is world renowned and a highlight for locals & international visitors alike.