Destination guide

Vintage vibes and old-school glam by the Bay

The now-boho neighborhood of Saint Kilda welcomes backpackers, families, and couples looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of central Melbourne. The heart of Saint Kilda is the Esplanade, where joggers spend their mornings, kids beg for another ride at Luna Park, and yachts and windsurfers play on the bay. This was once a glitzy, waterfront resort, and the colorful beach houses, upscale restaurants, and charming European-style cafes are a sweet reminder of the old days. Book a Saint Kilda vacation rental in the heart of it all, and enjoy vintage vibes on Australia's coast.

Things to do

A neighborhood of icons, right on Melbourne's front step

Saint Kilda is full of iconic spots, all well worth a visit. Definitely don't miss Luna Park, or at least a peek at its much-photographed entrance. Catch a live performance at the Esplanade Hotel or the Palais Theatre, which are each full of history, or pop into a local art gallery on Fitzroy. The Saint Kilda Botanic Gardens are the perfect mini-escape from the festive vibe on the Esplanade, while Saint Kilda Pier offers breathtaking views of Melbourne and the yachts that come to dock in Port Phillip Bay.


Vibrant beach life and buzzing bar scenes

This vibrant bayside neighborhood is in the middle of bringing back the good times. Now famous (again) for its beachlife and bar scene along buzzing Fitzroy Street, you can also take the kids on the rides at Luna Park, and snap a picture in front of the famous grinning entrance. The Esplanade is a must-stop, thanks to a weekly flea market and nightly party scene. Book a Saint Kilda vacation rental with a pool, or opt for the public option at Saint Kilda Sea Baths, a local institution.


Choose between off-season deals or on-season vibes

Like all of Melbourne, Saint Kilda is best enjoyed during the shoulder seasons, when the temps are moderate but the crowds are smaller. Plan a trip between March and May or September and November, and nab a few local deals thanks to off-season prices. If crowds and costs aren't an issue, then you might prefer December through February, when the city dazzles in summer. It's hot and bustling, with lots to see and do on and around the beaches. Alternatively, Australia's winter season, June through August, sees a quiet and cold front with gray weather and minimal tourists.

Natural features

Where the wildlife is just as vibrant as the nightlife

Saint Kilda's coastal positioning on Port Phillip Bay means plenty of wildlife on and around its sandy beaches. A variety of boat charters are available to take you out into the bay and beyond, for fishing excursions, whale watching, and seabird spotting. If you'd prefer to stay close to land, plan a sunset walk along the Saint Kilda pier. Here, you'll see the local penguin colony in its natural habitat, a favorite sight among locals and visitors alike. Wherever you book your Saint Kilda vacation rental, you're likely to see something wild.

How to get there

How to get to and around St Kilda

The nearest airport is in Melbourne, VIC (MEB-Essendon), located 10.6 mi (17.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Melbourne, VIC (MEL-Tullamarine), which is 15.3 mi (24.7 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around St Kilda?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,079 vacation rentals near St Kilda. From 346 Houses to 1,568 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near St Kilda for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to St Kilda?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in St Kilda. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • St. Kilda Sea Baths: 2,274 vacation rentals
  • St Kilda Pier: 2,270 vacation rentals
  • Astor Theatre: 2,273 vacation rentals
  • CitiPower Centre Junction Oval: 2,280 vacation rentals
  • Palais Theatre: 2,273 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around St Kilda listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in St Kilda?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 346 Houses in St Kilda. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in St Kilda include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,568 rentals available
  • Villas: 11 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 81 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in St Kilda?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 654 vacation rentals with pool available in St Kilda. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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