Monday, February 14, 2011

St. Kilda Beach, Melbourne

St. Kilda is a famous inner city suburb of Melbourne known for its beautiful water front / beach, theatres, restaurants, festivals, theme park (Luna park), etc and is on the top of the list of destinations for short breaks among Melbournians. The common recreational activities at the beach includes strolling, jogging, cycling, sunbathing, fishing, rollerblading and sailing.

The easiest way to reach the beach by public transport is getting on a tram of route number 3a, 16 or 96 towards St. Kilda beach (zone 1). And, route 96 is the only one where Bumblebee trams are in service.

A Bumblebee tram in St. Kilda

Brooks jetty and St. Kilda lighthouse

Skating area

Beach Badminton

St. Kilda beach and the pier

People come here to relax...

... with their gears

St. Kilda Pavilion - a 100 years old kiosk

View of St. Kilda suburb from the pier

Sailing boats @ St. Kilda pier

Sailing boats in action

St. Kilda breakwater

Part of the St. Kilda break water is a home for a colony of Little Blue Penguins (a.k.a. Fairy Penguins) and the area has been fenced off from public access. Another protected species, Rakali - native water rat, also share this place as its home.

Melbourne's skyline seen from St. Kilda beach

Luna Park - St. Kilda's iconic amusement park

Palais Theatre - a live music and concert venue

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