Walking is great for our environment, our health, connecting to our neighbours and exploring our neighbourhoods.
For safety tips and advice when walking, download the tip bfor sharing the road and path (PDF 450 KB).
Going it solo with a map of the foreshore is the simplest way to experience the precinct by foot.
Not sure where to start? Take a look many walking routes created by Port Phillip locals on the interactive Victoria Walks' Walking Maps website.
We recommend you start your trip at O’Donnell Gardens and Luna Park and make your way to must-see attractions the Catani Arch, St Kilda Sea Baths, the St Kilda Pier and the Captain Cook Statue.
For ideas on possible pit stops, take a look at the Acland Village Walking Tour (PDF KB), incorporating all the St Kilda favourites plus some hidden gems along the way. This is a great way to show friends and family around St Kilda while learning some new things about its history.
The classic Foreshore trail stretches over 11 kilometres from Port Melbourne all the way to Elwood, passing all the Port Phillip bay highlights.
The scenic beach trail is perfect for a bike ride, but for a shorter stroll, you can of course choose to walk only the St Kilda portion of the trail.
Solar system trail
The Solar System trail follows a similar route to the Foreshore trail, but with a cosmic twist, making it one of the most unique walks in Melbourne.
In 2008, a group of artists and scientists constructed a trail along the foreshore from St Kilda to Port Melbourne, replicating the solar system on a scale of one to one billion. Each 'planet' is marked with a replica sculpture, all accurately sized to scale as well! Make your way from the Sun near the lighthouse at Marina Reserve, all the way to Port Melbourne.
The walk will take about 90 minutes, or the kids might prefer a bike ride.
Historical group walks
The City of Port Phillip run a number of guided group tours throughout the year, providing expert knowledge of the region with the added benefit of making some new friends.
Previously, tours have taken groups down Fitzroy Street to hear about its history in the arts, from theatre to theatre transporting them back to the 1930s, on a Queer History tour in St Kilda beginning at the Esplanade, and on a historic pub tour covering venues with history dating as far back as the Gold Rush era.
The City of Port Phillip runs a free program of walks that explores the history and heritage treasures of the seven neighbourhood precincts of Port Phillip.
Get in contact to have a heritage walks brochure posted to you: