Melbourne’s most famous beach is located just 6km from the CBD in the inner city suburb of St Kilda. The picturesque, sandy shoreline stretches 700 metres along the northeast corner of Port Phillip Bay, and is a favourite destination for Melburnians and visitors alike.
While sunbathing and general relaxing are common pastimes at St Kilda Beach, many people come to the beach in pursuit of something a little more active. Recreational activities that regularly take place on the oceanfront include, kite surfing, rollerblading, beach volleyball, water-skiing, windsurfing, sailing and jet skiing. Walking and bicycle tracks wind along the coastline, and a skate park is planned for construction near the water.
Casual cafes, trendy bars and fine-dining restaurants are dotted along the water’s edge, as well as the historic St Kilda Sea Baths, home to Australia’s only indoor heated sea water pool.
Families will love a visit to Luna Park, Melbourne’s most iconic amusement park, while music-lovers will enjoy seeing some of the best local and international music talent on offer at the legendary “Espy” (The Esplanade Hotel). A little further inland lie two of Melbourne’s most popular shopping, dining and entertainment areas – Fitzroy and Acland Streets; at night, these strips come alive as thousands of revellers descend upon the many restaurants, pubs and night clubs.
If you are planning a city adventure, Clarion Suites Gateway is your perfect Melbourne accommodation. Located in the CBD – only a quick tram ride away from St Kilda Beach – Clarion Suites Gateway puts you right in the heart of all the action.