Most weekend getaways or holiday splurges to Melbourne are focused on the thrumming heart of the city. Cobbled laneways, cosy cafés, dimly-lit dive bars, and the glittering theatre district often take centre stage for tourists.

But there's one city-fringe haven that absolutely must be on your itinerary during any (and every) leisure trip to Melbourne: St Kilda.

Whether you're seeking sun-soaked beaches, iconic landmarks, or bustling nightlife, St Kilda has something for everyone.

Join us as we explore the best things to do in St Kilda in 2024, from daytime adventures to after-dark escapades.

St Kilda Through the Years

St Kilda's journey from a seaside resort in the 1800s to a bustling cosmopolitan destination is a testament to its enduring charm.

Nestled along Melbourne's stunning coastline lies the vibrant seaside suburb of St Kilda. With a rich history dating back to the early 19th century, St Kilda has evolved into a thriving cultural hub, offering an eclectic mix of attractions and activities for visitors of all ages.

Over the years, this vibrant suburb has become synonymous with its iconic attractions, including the famous St Kilda Beach, the historic St Kilda Pier, and the beloved Luna Park.

Today, St Kilda continues to enchant visitors with its unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and vibrant atmosphere.

The Best Things To Do in St Kilda

Now we’ve got you acquainted with this quaint-yet-dazzling beachside metropolis, what are the best things to do in St Kilda Melbourne? Check out our top activities, venues, eateries, and events in 2024.

St Kilda Beach

View of St Kilda beach and the city skyline

Bask in the sun and surf at one of Melbourne's most iconic beaches. Whether you're swimming, sunbathing, or enjoying a leisurely stroll along the promenade, St Kilda Beach offers endless opportunities for relaxation and recreation.

Related: Travelling with your furry friend? Check out the best pet-friendly places in Melbourne, including top dog beaches and spots in St Kilda.

St Kilda Pier

Take a leisurely walk along the historic St Kilda Pier and soak in panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay. Keep an eye out for the resident Little Penguins as they return to their nests at dusk, offering a magical glimpse of Melbourne's native wildlife.

Luna Park

Step back in time and relive the nostalgia of yesteryear at Luna Park, Melbourne's iconic amusement park. From thrilling rides and carnival games to live entertainment and delicious treats, Luna Park promises fun for the whole family.

Acland Street Village

Immerse yourself in St Kilda's vibrant culinary scene with a stroll down Acland Street Village. Indulge in delectable cakes and pastries at renowned patisseries, explore eclectic boutiques, or simply soak in the lively atmosphere of this iconic thoroughfare.

St Kilda Esplanade Market

Browse an array of local artisanal goods and handcrafted treasures at the St Kilda Esplanade Market, held every Sunday along the St Kilda Esplanade. Discover unique souvenirs, artworks, and more while supporting Melbourne's vibrant creative community.

Botanical Gardens

Wander through the tranquil beauty of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens for a relaxing yet awe-inspiring day trip. Stroll through lush greenery, admire exotic flora, and enjoy a peaceful picnic amidst nature's splendour.

St Kilda Events in 2024

Dawn French

23rd–27th April 2024 at the Palais Theatre, Lower Esplanade, St Kilda

Witness British comedy queen Dawn French live on stage at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda for a night of raucous, cheeky, laugh-out-loud entertainment.

Dawn returns to the Australian stage this year for a whirlwind tour that brings her comedic genius and sharp wit front and centre for crowds to delight in.

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Urban Wine Walk St Kilda

Saturday 11th May 2024 throughout St Kilda

Woman pouring a glass of rosé wine

Credit: Urban Wine Walk

This autumn, explore St Kilda's vibrant streets as top venues transform into an Urban Cellar Door for a self-guided wine-tasting adventure.

Select your starting point, then embark on a journey with friends, sampling exquisite wines curated by Australian winemakers.

From bustling streets to hidden laneways, each venue offers a unique tasting experience.

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Bohemian Rhapsody: A Tribute to Queen

Saturday 8th June 2024, Lower Esplanade, St Kilda

Experience the ultimate Queen tribute with Thomas Crane and his band, direct from sell-out theatres.

Enjoy an unforgettable journey through Queen's iconic hits, including classics like Bohemian Rhapsody and Somebody to Love.

With Thomas Crane's uncanny impersonation of Freddie Mercury, prepare to be transported back in time for an electrifying night of music and memories.

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St Kilda Gin Festival

Friday 13th September 2024, 99A Carlisle St, St Kilda

Calling all gin aficionados! Prepare for an unparalleled journey into the world of gin at the annual and much-loved St Kilda Gin Festival.

With over 30 local craft distillers showcasing more than 120 unique gins, this three-day extravaganza promises to be a celebration of Australia's vibrant gin culture.

From classic to contemporary, the festival offers a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas waiting to be explored.

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Skating in the Clouds

4th–14th December 2024, Theatre Works, 14 Acland St, St Kilda

Introducing Skating in the Clouds – a captivating modern fairytale crafted by Melbourne playwright Clare Mendes. Presented by Melbourne Writers’ Theatre, this enchanting production has received acclaim for its portrayal of the intricate relationship between summer and autumn.

From passionate salsa dances to heartfelt arguments, the play takes audiences on a journey through love, nature, and the profound connections between them.

Skating in the Clouds is a celebration of female empowerment and environmental consciousness, highlighting the contributions of over 50 women to both realms.

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Beachside Nightlife: After-Dark Adventures

Seafood and wine glass at Stokehouse restaurant overlooking the ocean

As the sun sets over St Kilda and the beachgoers fold up their umbrellas, don’t leave the area too soon. After dark, all the dazzle and excitement arrives in the form of bars, restaurants, and live music venues.

Check out our favourite things to do in St Kilda at night.

Dog’s Bar

54 Acland St, St Kilda

With its enchanting French European street frontage, Dog’s Bar has been captivating passersby for over two decades.

Step inside to find a cosy sanctuary adorned with dark wooden interiors, an inviting fireplace, and flickering tea light candles casting a warm glow on every table.

Whether you're seeking a lively atmosphere or a peaceful retreat, Dog’s Bar offers the perfect setting to unwind and savour the moment.

MEMO Music Hall

88 Acland St, St Kilda

Explore the vibrant heart of St Kilda with MEMO Music Hall, an iconic performance venue operated in collaboration with the St Kilda RSL and one with a rich quintessentially Melbourne history.

MEMO offers an eclectic array of entertainment, from live music and theatre to filming and classical recitals.

With a rich history dating back to 1924, when it was established as a dance hall to support soldiers and their families, MEMO continues to captivate audiences with its unique charm and diverse program of events.


30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda

Experience the epitome of fine dining at Stokehouse St Kilda, a revered institution in Melbourne's culinary scene.

Situated against the backdrop of St Kilda Beach and Port Phillip Bay, Stokehouse offers a vibrant atmosphere complemented by award-winning cuisine and impeccable service.

The architecturally stunning dining room boasts floor-to-ceiling glass windows, providing unparalleled views of St Kilda. Meanwhile, STOKEBAR beckons with its inviting terrace, perfect for indulging in fresh cocktails, savouring delectable snacks, and immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of St Kilda.

Related: Hungry for more? Check out these 7 must-visit hidden eateries in Melbourne.

Little Penguins

St Kilda Pier

Experience the wonder of nature up close with a visit to the St Kilda Breakwater, home to a colony of adorable Little Penguins. Join a guided tour or simply observe these captivating creatures in their natural habitat.

It’s best to go and see the penguins around half an hour after sunset, which is when they’re more likely to make an appearance. Just be sure to never do flash photography, and stick to the boardwalk (at least 3-5 metres away from the penguins).

Plan Your Visit: A Tourist’s Guide to St Kilda

Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveller, here are some essential tips to make the most of your time in this iconic destination:

Getting to St Kilda

From Dorsett Melbourne, hop on the convenient and scenic 96 tram route, which will take you directly to St Kilda in approximately 35 minutes (including short walks to and from the tram stops).

Parking at St Kilda

While there is street parking, metered parking, and some on-site parking for various venues available throughout St Kilda, we recommend either taking public transport or a rideshare service like Uber.

As an extremely popular and busy area, it can sometimes be more hassle than it's worth trying to get a good parking spot!

Best Times to Visit

St Kilda comes alive year-round, but for optimal weather and fewer crowds, consider visiting during the spring or autumn months.

If a true-blue summer beach getaway is what you're after, though, nothing beats St Kilda during the summer!

Be sure to check the local events calendar for festivals, markets, and live performances happening during your stay.

Dorsett Melbourne's Gateway to Picturesque St Kilda Day Trips

Dorsett Melbourne hotel room

Make the most of your visit to St Kilda by staying at Dorsett Melbourne, your gateway to picturesque day trips and adventures.

With our convenient location and indulgent amenities, Dorsett Melbourne offers the perfect home base for exploring all that St Kilda has to offer.

Plus, if you’re travelling with your dog, take advantage of our new pet-friendly hotel rooms! Complete with a private balcony, plush dog bed, food and water bowls, and a sumptuous speciality dog menu, you can treat your pup to a blissful staycation close to all the dog-friendly fun at St Kilda.

Book your stay today and embark on an unforgettable journey to this vibrant seaside suburb!

Further reading: Looking for more fabulous Melbourne attractions to add to your itinerary? Check out these 10 must-visit Melbourne icons during your next trip.