About St Kilda
Located 6km from the city centre, St Kilda is Melbourne’s seaside playground and is much-loved by residents and visitors alike. St Kilda is renowned for its expansive view of Port Phillip, safe sandy beach, palm-lined boardwalk, huge range of beach activities, big skies, gorgeous sunsets, lovely park and gardens, great restaurants, bars and cafés, fabulous old buildings, and its colourful past and present.
All year round St Kilda is the place to head for fantastic things to see and do and great times to be had. With our great places to eat and drink and our wonderful sea air, everything tastes so much better in St Kilda – so come out and join us!
Its local government area is the City of Port Phillip. At the 2011 Cencus, St Kilda had a population of 17,795.
St Kilda was named after a schooner called 'Lady of St Kilda' (which moored at the main beach for much of 1841) by Charles La Trobe and the ship's master and early settler Lieutenant James Ross Lawrence.
During the Edwardian and Victorian eras, St Kilda became a favoured suburb of Melbourne's elite, and many palatial mansions were constructed along its hills and waterfront. Shortly after the turn of the 20th century, St Kilda served a similar function for Melburnians as did Coney Island to the residents of New York City and its history draws an interesting parallel. Densely populated postwar St Kilda became Melbourne's red light district, home to low-cost rooming houses. Since the late 1960s, St Kilda has become known for its culture of boheimianism and as home to many prominent artists, musicians and subcultures, including punks, LGBTI and techno scene. While some of these groups still maintain a presence in St Kilda, in recent years the district has experienced rapid gentrification, pushing many lower socio-economic groups out to other areas.
St Kilda is home to many of Melbourne's famous visitor attractions including Luna Park, the Esplanade Hotel, Acland Street and Fitzroy Street. It is home to St Kilda beach, Melbourne's most famous beach, several renowned theatres and several of Melbourne's big events and festivals.