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Facts about the city of St. Kilda

If you always wanted to visit Melbourne, then you should definitely consider giving St Kilda a shot as well. This is a city located very close to Melbourne and which is widely known for being a rather remarkable location. But what makes this place stand out? Right off the bat, you will notice that this is one of the most picturesque points of the Bay.

A lot of people from Melbourne come to St Kilda to enjoy some peace and quiet most of the time. Moreover, the fact that you have sandy beaches and a plethora of entertainment options does tend to make the city a place great for fun and relaxation.

St Kilda history

What you have to note about St Kilda is that at the beginning of the 20th century, this is one of the most fashionable places near Melbourne. Not only did this have grand homes and grand people, but many aristocrats chose to live here in order to enjoy the healthy environment. Nowadays, St Kilda is a place of retreat and entertainment, but it still has a plethora of locals that have managed to retain their uniqueness and outstanding appeal for quite a lot of time.

The thing you have to keep in mind about St Kilda is that during the 50s and 60s, this place was at the haunt of druggies and prostitutes. Not a lot of people entered the region because lots of unlawful businesses and people ended up reaching the suburbs of Melbourne. Obviously, St Kilda was one of these places, and it did bring in front some rather challenging situations for the government. Thankfully, everything calmed down, and things soon went back to normal. This means we now get to enjoy the city of St Kilda in all of its glory and the experience on its own is perfect!

Nowadays, St Kilda managed to become of the best tourist destinations out there, and it’s renowned for the proximity to Melbourne, it’s one of a kind beaches, the wonderful café lifestyle, and the unique restaurants. St Kilda also has a plethora of music venues. Moreover, you will also be able to find the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron in St Kilda as well!

The takeaway here is that St Kilda was and still is an incredible place. Sure, it did change quite a lot throughout the years, but nowadays it’s one of the most impressive entertainment locations that you can find out there. It certainly shines in this regard, and it shows the true value of this wonderful Melbourne suburb.


What places should you visit while in St Kilda?

Maybe the best thing about St Kilda is that it always manages to provide you with a sight to behold. Plus, the simple fact that you can easily come here and enjoy your free time does tend to work to your own advantage. But St Kilda is more than just a suburb. It’s an incredible location and one that will impress you with its unique appeal and outstanding visual style. As for the places that you can visit in St Kilda, here are some of the best:

  • The Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron is residing in St Kilda, and it has been like that for decades. The simple fact that you can see multiple yachts in here is outstanding, and you will be impressed with the sheer attention to detail and incredible visuals. Plus, you get to enjoy some yacht cruises too if you book them beforehand.
  • Robe Street is one of the most interesting locations in the region. It’s a fashionable street and one that does have some very interesting Edwardian houses. If you always wanted to explore some one of a kind houses from decades or even centuries ago, this is the right place to do it.
  • St Kilda Botanic Gardens! These are outstanding because they feature hundreds of different plant types. The rose gardens on their own are spectacular and some of the best in the region. This is one of the best kept secrets in the region and one of the places that you may want to visit right away!
  • Luna Park is known for being a very old fun fair located in St Kilda. It’s one of the pivotal landmarks for the region. The roller coaster and the laughing face facade have been classified by the National trust. It looks amazing and it does bring in front a great set of laughs to the table. It is one of the most important entertainment locations in the city.
  • The Lower Esplanade has the aforementioned Luna Park, but it also has the St Kilda Baths as well as the Palais Theater. If you want to have fun and explore some incredible locations, you may certainly want to give this a shot!
  • The Acland Street is known for the fact that it has some of the best cake shops out there. Melbournians and tourists alike enjoy the high-quality cakes and bakery products that you can find here. Plus, moist backpackers enjoy this place thanks to its resounding visual appeal, and it also gets to be very close to the St Kilda beaches. So, if you want to take a break and maybe drink some coffee and enjoy some cakes, this is the street to visit.

Also make out to check out our blog of more St Kilda Must do’s.

In the end, St Kilda is all about being a modern location for tourists. Despite that, there are lots of older places like the Luna Park or the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron that have been around for quite some time. If you always wanted to visit a place that seamlessly combines traditionalism with a modern appeal, St Kilda is the right location to check out. The city is incredible, the vistas are second to none, and you will be more than immersed into the entire experience. It shows the true power of the St Kilda City! No matter if you are a tourist or you just live nearby and never visited St Kilda, this is the right time to do it. Check it out; there’s a lot to see here!

Check out our range of affordable St Kilda accomodation.

Many people visit Melbourne for the multi-cultural lifestyle, jazzy coffee shops, and cosmopolitan-style cocktail bars. There are parts of Melbourne that many people don’t know about, or at least don’t add to their itinerary when planning their trip. One of the most overlooked places for holiday makers and families is the amazing beauty and activities available in St. Kilda.

The guide below will inform you of 5 things you must do when you visit St.Kilda:


Take a stroll down Acland Street

acland-street-st-kilda-melbourneAcland Street is known as the social hub of St.Kilda. The surprisingly animated Acland Street is famous for several reasons. For the sweet tooth’s and foodies, there are a variety of unique cake shops and cafes that are stacked with hand-made, never-before-seen varieties of desserts and snacks that tempt people, so much so that many of them have a line that goes outside the store itself. For those who prefer the nightlife, Acland Street has some of the funkiest bars and restaurants. St.Kilda has it’s variety of diverse shops to offer, and have made Acland Street a must-do for anyone visiting Victoria.


St. Kilda’s Sunday Markets

St-Kilda-Esplanade-MarketChances are you will need a relaxing Sunday stroll after visiting St.Kilda’s crazy bars on a Saturday night. Well, the good news is, every Sunday, St. Kilda holds its famous arts and crafts market, held along the beachside Esplanade. These markets have been in operation since 1970 and is more of an institution, with over 200 stalls offering jewellery, original art, pottery, wood, glass, and more. Often, you will find that the artists are creating more art as you browse their already-finished work. Best of all, there is a wonderful, easygoing atmosphere surrounding the entire place. Make sure to add the St. Kilda markets to your to-do list when visiting Melbourne.


Visit St.Kilda Pier

little-blue-restaurant-7_lrgThe St.Kilda Pier offers a spectacular view of Port Phillip Bay. It is an area with a large history of Melbourne and is often favoured by walkers, runners, and fishermen alike. From here you can get on a ferry to the historic and beautiful Williamstown. If you need a quick snack, there is a famous kiosk, but what most people come down here for is to try and spot a colony of penguins, which can often be seen, depending on the time of year and weather.



The Botanical Gardens

st kilda botanical gardensThe site of the St. Kilda Botanical Gardens was established in the 1800’s. They are a brilliant way to spend a relaxed afternoon for a picnic or a stroll. If you are a wildlife buff, you can see plenty of native birds that reside in the gardens, including owls and lorikeets. This is also a perfect location to get married, if that is the purpose of your trip. The gardens have all the amenities needed to enjoy a brilliant afternoon.



The Palais Theatre

palais-theatreThis historic theatre presents the city with some of the best entertainment in the area. Whether it is music, a show, or even the Melbourne comedy festival, the Palais Theatre holds them all. Make sure to check their website and see what’s on while you are in St.Kilda. Either way, this is one attraction you must visit.



St. Kilda is loaded with things to do and places to see. If you are after any accommodation while you are here, make sure to come and see us at Apartments Ink, and we will be happy to look after you. We can also give you a rundown of everything there is to do while you are staying here.

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If you are looking for accommodation in St. Kilda, Melbourne, whether it is for business or pleasure Apartments Ink has some very affordable and convenient options for you. Below we will explain why our hotel is the best solution for your St.Kilda visit:

Our fully serviced apartments are only a 15 minute walk from some of the most well-known restaurants and venues in Melbourne. Best of all we have Trams that run very close to adjacent roads from our hotel and by utilising this service you can be in the heart of St. Kilda within 5 minutes. If you are travelling to Melbourne for the first time our friendly staff can inform you some of the best places to go and even offer discounts for some famous sites and venues. You can also find some of our favourite restaurants and venues here.

In regards to apartment options we offer a variety of standards and options. If you are after a quick stay and won’t be spending much time in the Apartment itself we offer our standard Hotel room which has 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. If you are travelling with a family or would like a more roomier stay then our 2 bedroom deluxe is perfect for you. Check out our other options for St. Kilda serviced apartments. Please also keep in mind that all of our apartments include a range of features including Balconies, Foxtel, European Appliances and a lot more. Click here to find out all of our apartments features.

When it comes to St. Kilda Accommodation, Apartments Ink will ensure your stay is one to remember. Our goal is to give you a happy and unforgettable experience so you will make us your go to St. Kilda Hotel, with competitive prices and great customer service we are certain this is a goal we will achieve.

If you have more questions about any of our apartments or even the Melbourne and St. Kilda area please feel free to contact us. Also check out our website which will have a lot more information for you and may even answer your questions.

Summer in the Sun!

St kilda activities

Where else would you want to spend your summer, other than Melbourne’s seaside playground? St Kilda is renowned for its diverse range of activities including; sandy beaches, palm-lined boardwalk, big skies, restaurants, bars and cafes. So come and visit us in St Kida and see for yourself what all the hype is about!

Australian Open 2015

Australian Open in Melbourne

The Australian Open is the biggest sporting event in the world in January and we are lucky to have it right here in Melbourne and only 6kms away from Apartments Ink. Call us now to book your accommodation and then visit the official Australian Open website to purchase your tickets.

Winter is Warming Up!

things to do in st kilda

Melbourne ‘warms’ up in winter with lots of events and shows as well as amazing specials at Apartments Ink! Things to do in Melbourne this winter includes; AFL Football, NRL, Rugby Union, Theatre Shows, Gold Class Cinema and not to mention… lots of shopping!

Keep an eye on our website for great deals or call us directly to make your reservation

Let’s Celebrate Spring Carnival

Melbourne cup

October and November in Melbourne becomes exciting with the Spring Carnival heating right up with major races including; BMW Caulfield Cup , Cox Plate , AAMI Victoria Derby Day , Crown Oaks Day , Emirates Stakes Day and the all important Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.

Come and experience Melbourne for all of the excitement and the opportunity to dress up!

Apartments Ink Cafe & Bistro


Apartments Ink is thrilled to announce the opening of a NEW Chinese Restaurant located on the ground floor of the hotel. Owned and managed by a warm and hospitable family you are sure to find an authentic dish that you love. From Dumplings and Crab Claws to Satay Chicken and Sweet & Sour Pork you will truly be satisfied.