Places & Spaces
The City of Port Phillip enjoys a drawcard location. Positioned between the Melbourne CBD and Port Phillip Bay the suburbs of St Kilda, South Melbourne, Port Melbourne, Albert Park, Middle Park, Elwood and Ripponlea are great destinations to visit.
The City of Port Phillip is home to some of Victoria's best know tourist attractions and is renowned for it's unique atmosphere and diversity. For those who like the outdoors enjoy the beautiful beaches which cover some 11.6 km of foreshore from Port Melbourne through St Kilda to Elwood, the 176 hectares of lush parks and gardens and international sporting facilities (Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre). Amble along St Kilda’s historic pier to visit the resident penguins and enjoy an ice-cream, or watch budding kiteboarders show off their style. For information about accessibility features on the foreshore, please visit the Foreshore Disability Access page.
Once you have worked up an appetite select from a superb array of bars, cafes and restaurants offering cuisine from all corners of the world. Alternatively pick up a picnic of fresh produce from the South Melbourne Market, and head to one of the beautiful beaches or relax beneath the palms in the Catani Gardens.
For great shopping, food, wine, fashion and entertainment take in the busy thoroughfares of Fitzroy and Acland streets in St Kilda, Ormond Road in Elwood, Bridport Street and Victoria Avenue in Albert Park, Mills and Armstrong Street in Middle Park, Clarendon Street, Park and Coventry Streets in South Melbourne and Beach and Bay Streets in Port Melbourne.
Some of Melbourne's most celebrated and innovative cultural festivals and major events including the St Kilda Festival, St Kilda Film Festival and the Australian Formula One Grand Prix are held in St Kilda and surrounds. Enjoy year round events in these vibrant centres, as well as galleries, museums and theatres, vibrant live music venues and amazing food and artisan markets.
Staying seaside will make your stay in Melbourne a truly memorable experience. There is something here for everyone to enjoy!
Which season are you coming to visit in?
Public transport from the CBD:
St Kilda (Fitzroy and Acland Street)
Tram 96 from Bourke Street (stops 134, 138, 140), Tram 16 from Swanston Street (stops 138) or Tram 112 from Collins Street (stop 143); Buses: 246, 600; Night buses: 922 or 923
South Melbourne (Clarendon Street) onto Albert Park/Middle Park
Tram 112 from Collins Street (stop 128) or Tram 1 from Swanston Street (stops 24 and 32)
Tram 109 from Collins Street (stop 129); Buses: 250, 251 or 253
Across Port Phillip
Bus 606 runs from Port Melbourne to St Kilda
Find further transport information for Port Phillip here.
- City of Port Phillip Visitor Map with key precincts in St Kilda and surrounds
- Inner Melbourne Visitor map (Overview)
- Inner Melbourne Map (CBD and Visitor Services)
Only 20 minutes from Melbourne's CBD St Kilda and surrounds is the place to stay. Lap up the seaside atmosphere, evocative heritage, cultural diversity, artistic expression and Melbourne’s best dining when you stay in St Kilda, South Melbourne, Port Melbourne, Albert Park, Middle Park or Elwood.
Encompassing boutique B&Bs, award-winning backpacker hostels, heritage-listed and contemporary hotels, beautifully refurbished traditional pubs, and fabulous studio, one-bedroom and penthouse apartments – whatever your style or budget you can find a stay along Melbourne’s most beautiful beachside.
Please be advised it is illegal to park your campervan on the foreshore you can search for accommodation through the St Kilda Tourism Association website.
For a range of activities check out these tailored One to Three day itineraries:
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Piers in Port Phillip
Walk along the St Kilda Pier, Station Pier or refurbished Princes Pier.
Station Pier is Melbourne's premier sea passenger terminal and accommodates visiting cruise ships, the Spirit of Tasmania, navy ships and tall ships. Visit Water Transport for further information.
Luna Park is one of Port Phillip's oldest and most famous icons, which opened to the public in 1912 and has been providing rides and entertainment ever since. From the jaw dropping, eye ball popping super thrill rides like the Pharaoh’s Curse, Metropolis and the Enterprise, to the exhilarating rides like the Spider, Twin Dragon, G force and Shock Drop, you’re bound to have an awesome time!
Location: 18 Lower Esplanade St Kilda
Phone: (03) 9525 5033
Opening Hours refer: www.lunapark.com.au
St Kilda Sea Baths
St Kilda Sea Baths is an intrinsic part of Melbourne’s culture and is a unique place to experience.
With top St Kilda restaurants, bars, gymnasium, sea water pool, award winning day spa and cafés it is in an exceptional position on Melbourne’s most famous beach, St Kilda.
The historic St Kilda Sea Baths was established in the 1850s and is home to Australia's only indoor heated sea-water pool, accompanied with a luxurious hydrotherapy spa and a steam room, it is Melbourne's premier pool facility.
The St Kilda Sea Baths are also home to the South Pacific Health Club. With magnificent bay views, state of the art equipment and a wide variety of programs, it is perfect for all your health, fitness and wellbeing needs.
Want to relax? Why not try the best Day Spa in Australasia. Spa Dreamtime is the Winner of Best Day SPA Australasia as awarded by SpaAsia. Spa Dreamtime offers an urban oasis where you can escape and re-discover inner health and wellbeing. The water front facility combines all the comforts of a 5 star retreat plus more.
Sea Baths is further complemented by the famous Republica – fine food and drinks for St Kilda’s groovoir, right on Melbourne’s most famous beach. Soulmama is a sensory experience and is the Southern Hemispheres leading Global Vegetarian Cafe.
400 plus above and underground car spaces on the beach sit abreast to Beachcomber – a slice of the Mediterranean on the foreshore.
Kite Republic is a passionate water-loving company committed to help everyone learn and pursue Kite boarding. Carrying the some of the world’s best known brands they will help you with tailored equipment recommendations and FREE lessons with equipment packages.
The iconic must see destination for a full day or a quick bite.
Located: 8 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
Telephone: (03) 9593 8228
Hours: 5.30am (Gym/ pool) to Late (Restaurants)
The neighbouring local councils each have details for major tourist attractions that are nearby to the City of Port Phillip.
Rippon Lea Home and Gardens
Rippon Lea is the last of Australia's great privately owned 19th century suburban estates. Designed and built 1868 in the Romanesque style, the mansion is surrounded by a beautifully maintained original Victorian Pleasure garden.
Location: 192 Hotham St, Elsternwick. Open: Daily 10am to 5pm Closed: Good Friday & Christmas Day
Enquiries: 03 9523 6095 or visit the Rippon Lea section on the National Trust website at: http://www.nattrust.com.au/
Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens are among the most beautiful of places in all of Melbourne. Located along Birdwood Avenue in South Yarra. Open 7.30am to sunset every day of the year.
Admission is FREE. Phone: (613) 9252 2429 or visit www.rbg.vic.gov.au
Open air cinema at the Botanical Gardens. Summer only: 6 Dec - 31 Mar 2013, films start at sundown. Visit the website for program and tickets!
19th century Iron houses - South Melbourne
There are three houses on Coventry Street that are among the few 19th century prefabricated iron buildings remaining in the world.
An audio visual tour provides a comprehensive account of the importance of these buildings in the history of white settlement in Australia and during the gold rush years in Victoria.
Location: 399 Coventry Street, South Melbourne, Melway Map Ref: 2J K2
Open: First Sunday of each month from 1pm - 4pm or weekday groups by appointment only.
Closed: 20 December to 6 January.
Phone: (03) 9645 7517 and (03) 9699 2172
Shrine of Remembrance
The Shrine of Remembrance was built between July 1928 and November 1934 in remembrance of those 114,000 men and women of Victoria who served and those who died in the Great War of 1914-1918. 89,100 of them served overseas and 19,000 did not return. The Shrine is the centre of Melbourne's annual ANZAC Day Service which is attended by thousands of people. The Shrine is located on St Kilda Road, Melbourne.
Hours: Mon-Sun 9:00am-5:00pm. Admission is FREE.
Tours and Group Bookings Phone: (03) 9654 8415
Southbank is set on the south-side riverbank of Melbourne. Brimming with popular restaurants, shopping and the Sunday art and craft market. Southbank is easily accessible - from Flinders Street Station just walk across the bridge towards the Arts Centre and down to the river.
Victorian Arts Centre
Located in the heart of Melbourne's leisure and entertainment precinct, performances of theatre, music and dance can be seen in 6 world-class venues located within the Victorian Arts Centre. These include the State Theatre, George Fairfax Studio, The Playhouse, Black Box, Melbourne Concert Hall, Sidney Myer Music Bowl and Hamer Hall.
There is a unique diversity of arts and entertainment choices all year round as it is the home to Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva, The Bell Shakespeare Company and Australian Chamber Orchestra, as well as a variety of international and local touring performances.
The Arts Centre also offers shopping, eating and exhibitions to appeal to every age, taste and budget.
Location: 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Phone: (+61 3) 9281 8000
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