St Kilda Foreshore

Beach in St Kilda, Elwood & Elsternwick

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Despite the palm-fringed promenades and golden stretch of sand, St Kilda’s seaside appeal is more Brighton, England, than Venice, LA – with the exception of regular rollerbladers. There's a kiosk at the end of St Kilda Pier that offers a knockout panorama of Melbourne's skyline.

During summer, Port Phillip EcoCentre runs a range of tours including urban wildlife walks and coastal discovery walks, and offers information on the little-penguin colony that lives in the breakwater behind the pier's kiosk.

On the foreshore south of the pier, the Moorish-style St Kilda Sea Baths houses a heated indoor saltwater pool, but, at $13 a dip, it’s really only tempting on frosty days. Behind it, the Esplanade is home to Sunday arts-and-crafts staple St Kilda Esplanade Market.