What to do, where to go
The bayside suburb of St Kilda is one of Melbourne's main tourist destinations and a popular haunt with the locals. It is situated on one of the most picturesque points of Port Phillip Bay, a short distance from the city and has safe sandy beaches.
On weekends, Melburnians flock here to walk, cycle and skate along the palm-lined foreshore or to sit in an outdoor café with a coffee – or something a little stronger – and take in the panoramic views of the Bay.
Away from the foreshore, you’ll find much of St Kilda’s activity concentrated in Fitzroy and Acland Streets. Fitzroy Street is renowned for its cool cafes, restaurants and bars, with tables spilling onto the footpath. Nearby Acland Street is a bustling, vibrant street with an eclectic mix of restaurants, wine bars and continental cake shops. During the day the streets are lined with people drinking lattes; at night they’re buzzing with activity. Novotel Melbourne St Kilda is situated right in the middle of both Fitzroy and Acland Streets, with both precincts only a 5 minute walk away.
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Just a 3 minute walk from the hotel is the exquisite Palais Theatre, one of the finest examples of art deco design in Australia. The Palais now plays host to a variety of concerts and performances.
TENACIOUS D - Friday 17th & Saturday 18th May
St Kilda Film Festival Openng Night - Thursday 23rd May
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT GALA - Friday 31st May
YO GABBA GABBA - Saturday 8th June
ONCE UPON A PANTOMIME - Sunday 23rd June
MELBOURNE CABARET FESTIVAL GALA - Wednesday 26th June
THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE - Sunday 21st July
JAMES BLAKE - Wednesday 31st July
OF MONSTERS AND MEN - Saturday 3rd August & Sunday 4th August
GO! SHOW GOLD - Saturday 10th August
Cyndi Lauper - Thursday 29th August
Festival of Russian Ballet - Saturday 21st September & Sunday 22nd September 2013
The Crowd - Australian Chamber Orchestra - Friday 11th October
KIM WILDE & NIK KERSHAW - Friday 18th October
Spa Dreamtime Retreat Packages
Novotel Melbourne St Kilda has partnered with Spa Dreamtime at St Kilda Seabaths, customising 2 and 4 day retreat packages. The perfect chance to stop and unwind, giving your mind, body and soul a chance to recharge and regain balance. Packages entail daily treatments whilst enjoying overnight accommodation in a Superior Bayview Room at Novotel Melbourne St Kilda.
For further information on Spa Dreamtime Retreat Packages click here.
St Kilda Markets
Directly opposite Novotel Melbourne St Kilda, the St Kilda Esplanade Arts & Crafts Market is a must see on Sundays. All stall holders must hand make or be directly involved in the production of their own items for sale. Over 200 stallholders offer a wide and often unusual variety of original art and handcrafts.
11am - 4pm every Sunday
Luna Park is Melbourne's most adored family attraction, and boasts a rich history. Since its opening in 1912, Luna Park has evolved to cater for the changing entertainment and leisure landscape without compromising its wonderful heritage and identity.
For further information including opening times click here.
Luna Park is currently celebrating 100 years of fun.
For details on special celebrations click here.
Acland and Fitzroy Street
Fitzroy Street, all cool cafes, smart restaurants and inviting bars, and Acland Street Precinct – a hive of bustle and attitude, a food-lover’s paradise of restaurants, wine bars and world-famous patisseries.
The retail passions of alternative and retro fashion dressers are also well catered for here, and you can find an eclectic selection of independent music and bookstores.
St Kilda Beach, Baths & Pier
St Kilda Sea Baths - Whether it be to work out, to relax in the sun, take a sunset stroll or have a romantic dinner, the Sea Baths are a Melbourne institution.
St Kilda Pier, St Kilda Pavilion, Breakwater, little penguin colony and Williamstown Ferry.
St Kilda Beach - A beach with gentle bay waves popular with swimmers and sunbathers during the summer months.