These days, the suburb of St Kilda, is an eclectic suburb not far from the CBD, accessible by tram if you are not driving, and full of energy. There are tonnes of restaurants and shopping boutiques to choose from, rambling old homes and boarding houses that are now in the process of being restored by canny renovators, and if you are near Luna Park, you will hear the shrieks of people enjoying the historic timber roller coaster.
Luna Park, with its famous laughing mouth entrance, has been operating since the early 1900's. It, to my mind, could do with an update, and not really worth spending any money to enter, but it is a beautiful backdrop to the suburb, and who hasnt heard the rattling of the timber as the cart navigates the exterior.
Our tradition is to always take a walk along the pier. At the end of the pier is a rebuilt cafe where you can enjoy coffee or a meal (sadly the original structure was gutted by fire a few years back.)
Walk a little further along the breakwater, and you will find fisherman, and rocks which provide shelter to a colony of Fairy Penguins. Be quiet and respectful, and you may be lucky enough to see one.
But please dont use cameras, and stand back. I think the local fisherman unoficially look after their welfare from overenthusiastic viewers. Thankyou fishermen!
There is limited walking access amongst the shipping berths, but still enough that we can play the game of "which one would you have!"
There are wonderful vantage points of Melbourne.
In the summer due to the lack of shade along the foreshore it can be hot, an ideal opportunity to walk back to the shopping district and enjoy the famous Acland Street cake shops, and an iced Coffee.
Parking is a keenly sought after commodity here, in all likelihood you will have to pay to park, but there are a few all day spots near a small park behind the shopping strip (if you are lucky!).