A mum of three, engineer, scientist, educator, and all around dabbler, I'm far better at finding interesting things to do than I am at doing housework.
Published August 26th 2012
An indulgent day out
A sunny Sunday is far too precious to waste. Here's a plan for a sunny St Kilda Sunday, perfect for visitors or locals alike.
Lets start the day by getting our skates on. The Bay Trail has one of its busiest sections in St Kilda, but there's good reason for that. So park your car near the St Kilda Marina, strap on your skates, hop on your bike, or lace up your running shoes. Setting off towards the north will take you past the St Kilda Sea Baths and then onwards towards Port Melbourne. Starting to the south is the quieter option, with the path meandering through Elwood and onwards towards Brighton.
south on the Bay Trail
Whichever way you turn, don't forget to look up and admire the fabulous views over the bay as you get your exercise. My preference is always to set off into the wind so that the return journey is that little easier, but it's up to you.
After returning to your starting point, you can change out of your exercise gear at the public change rooms (with cold showers) available next to Donovans restaurant, or you can pop into the St Kilda Sea Baths for a quick dip and a more civilised shower (fees apply). Then it's time for some nourishment.
After all that good calorie-burning exercise, why not treat yourself? Acland Street has many delights, but on a sunny Sunday my preference is fish and chips. Clamms Fast Fish isn't always that fast (there are often too many customers for that), but their fish and chips are a St Kilda delight, especially when taken to eat in the sunshine by the water.
After lunch, why not take a stroll along the Esplanade Market? This St Kilda tradition hosts a myriad of stalls displaying arts, crafts, clothing and jewellery. While some stalls are aimed squarely at the tourist trade, there is plenty on offer for locals as well. The market runs along the upper esplanade and is open until 5pm every sunday.
Now that lunch has settled, it's time for a treat. And Acland street is definitely the place for that! So retrace your steps along the market, past Luna Park and back to the bustle of Acland Street. Now the first question to answer is "Cake or Gelato"? Acland street is home to a window shopper's dream of cake shops, and is also host to two excellent gelato shops. It's hard to choose, so take your time. Seven Apples' gelato is brilliant, especially any of their chocolate flavours, but so too are the cakes on offer at the four cake shops. If it's too hard to decide, why not splurge and get both? It is a sunny Sunday after all!
So, with cake eaten and gelato in hand, it's now time to indulge in the time honoured ritual of strolling along the St Kilda Pier.
St Kilda Pier
The pier is a popular spot on sunny weekends, with a mixed crowd of tourists, families and the occasional optimist trying their luck with a fishing rod. Small children balance along the concrete edging while their parents enjoy the views.
balancing on the pier
Views from StKilda Pier
At the end of the pier is the St Kilda pier kiosk. This is a perfect replica of the old building that was burnt down in 2003, and is a great spot to break your stroll for a coffee.
Beyond the kiosk is the breakwater, which is home to St Kilda's colony of little penguins. If you would like to see them you'll need to wait until dusk, perhaps having dinner at one of the many restaurants in the area while you wait for the sun to set. If you are staying to see the penguins, please leave your camera behind for this part of the day as the penguins are distressed by the bright lights of flashes.
And so our perfect St Kilda Sunday comes to an end. A little exercise, a little indulgence and a lot of fun being a tourist in our own town.