Area: 3 km2
2016 population: 22,524
2011 population: 20,021
Average annual growth rate (2011-2016): 11.9%
(Source: ABS National Census. 2011 and 2016).
Geography of the area
The St Kilda neighbourhood is bounded by Chapel Street, Inkerman Street and Brighton Road to the east; Milton Street, Mitford Street and Dickens Street to the south; the foreshore and Cowderoy Street to the west; and Longmore Street, Fraser Street, intersecting Albert Park reserve, Queens Road and Nelson Street to the north.
St Kilda is well-known for retail and entertainment districts such as Acland Street and Fitzroy Street. The houses in the area include larger houses from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, with flats and apartments from the 1950s and 1960s.
The area is a popular destination for visitors. There are features and attractions such as the Palais theatre, the Astor theatre, the Espy Hotel, Luna Park, the Esplanade, St Kilda Botanical Gardens and St Kilda Beach.
St Kilda is home to a number of annual festivals and events. Most famous are the St Kilda Festival, the St Kilda Film Festival, and the Pride March - a public display of solidarity, pride and diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.
Shopping in Fitzroy and Acland Streets
St Kilda is defined by two distinct retail strips, Fitzroy Street and Acland Street Village. The Esplanade and St Kilda Beach provide a natural link between the two precincts.
The St Kilda Esplanade Market also operates every Sunday.
Fitzroy Street has a charm that captures the unique eccentricities of St Kilda. It is a melting pot of the elegant and scruffy. A meeting place of culture and history, a promenade of fun and folly that leads to the sea.
Acland Street is the cosmopolitan centre of St Kilda. Originally famous for mouth-watering cake shops, it’s now equally known for its outdoor dining, shopping, restaurants and nightclubs. Not to mention icons such as Luna Park, the Palais Theatre and Acland Street Plaza.
For the serious shopper, there's a wide range of clothing stores, quirky gift shops, retro treasures, funky homewares, art and collectables. Tucked away in the side streets are some fabulous restaurants and cafes that the locals love.
Tram routes: 3a, 12, 16, 96
Bus routes: 246, 600, 606, 623
For timetables and information visit Public Transport Victoria.