St Kilda Foreshore

St Kilda Foreshore information

Location
Melbourne , Australia
Address
Jacka Blvd
Getting there
Tram: 16, 96
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While there are palm-fringed promenades, a parkland strand and a long stretch of sand, St Kilda’s seaside appeal is more Brighton, England, than Baywatch, despite 20-odd years of glitzy development. The kiosk at the end of St Kilda Pier (an exact replica of the original, which burnt down in 2003, a year short of its centenary) is as much about the journey as the destination.

The breakwater near the pier was built in the '50s as a safe harbour for boats competing in the Olympic Games. It’s now home to a colony of little penguins that have, incredibly, chosen the city’s most crowded suburb in which to reside. You can also visit and learn about the penguins on an eco-themed stand-up paddleboarding tour .

During summer, the Port Phillip Eco Centre also runs a range of tours, including guided urban wildlife walks and coastal discovery walks, and offers information on the penguin colony . Contact Earthcare St Kilda to get involved in penguin research.

On the foreshore south of the pier, the Moorish-style St Kilda Sea Baths has a heated indoor saltwater pool, but at $13 a dip, it’s really only attractive on frosty days.