St Kilda

St Kilda

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When it comes to Australian beaches, Melbourne isn’t the first place that comes to mind, but we do have St Kilda, a beachside precinct about 6km from the city centre.

Here you’ll find a dining district, beachside bars, a theme park, and adorable fairy penguins.

Not far from Acland St is Luna Park, a historic amusement park built in 1912. Based on the park in Coney Island in New York, Luna Park is filled with amusement rides, including a roller coaster that skirts the park’s circumference.

Head to the beach, and onto the pier, and you’ll come to the fairy penguin viewing platform. At sunset you’ll see these adorable critters waddle up to their nests in the rocks, returning from a day of fishing.