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St Kilda

sunny 12 °C

When the sun is shining in Melbourne do what the cool kids do and hang out in St Kilda.

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Just a short drive/tram ride out of the city centre you find yourself at this seaside town, an up and coming area which apparently has a bit of a seedy past. Previously known as the red light district of Melbourne, St Kilda is now known for its bohemian atmosphere, street cafes, festivals in the summer and cakes!

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We joined the weekend visitors leisurely walking up Acland Street, lingering at all the baked delights in the shop windows. If you have a macaroon, meringue, cupcake, slice, doughnut or cake craving this is the place to come to, and if you re lucky you ll find a free table outside to watch the world go by.

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Still not found any Battenberg Cake though :(

Struggling to fight off the sweet tooth we popped into a local ice cream parlour and cheekily just had a couple of tasters to satisfy the urge before continuing on to check out the beach.

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I hadn't been too impressed with the beach when I had visited in 2005 as there was a lot of rubbish but it looks like things have been spruced up since then and we had a nice walk along the promenade, wishing that we could keep a couple of the dogs that we met there.

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It definitely is somewhere we would want to come back and check out once the summer gets here and serveral cool bars line the beach. Looking forward to having a sundowner at one of them with views over the sea....

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.... Although maybe not at this bar!

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We live over here next to this building (Eureka Tower)

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Although it was a sunny day it is still winter here and so we were surprised when we saw a couple burst out of a building in their bathers and run down the beach, jumping into the water with a few squeals and gasps as the cold hit them. It turns out they had come from the famous St Kilda Sea Baths. Sea water is used in the baths that has been heated, a practice started due to the therapeutic and medicinal benefits that bathing in sea water is meant to have. Back in the 19th century you weren't allowed to bathe in the sea during the day so people had to stay within the baths, now a days this restriction doesn't apply but people still come here to swim in the warm water of the baths before plunging into the sea!

Next to the beach is Luna Park with creepy Mr Moons giant mouth looming over you, which is meant to welcome people in!

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If I was a kid I would be petrified to go in...ok maybe it still scares me a bit today but the boys braved the choppers for this pic!

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We didn't go in to check out the rides but from what we could see from the outside they were pretty old school. The amusement park opened back in 1912 and its roller coaster is the oldest operating one in the world! The speed of it is controlled by a man standing in the middle of the carriages who manually pulls on the brake lever to slow down... Not sure how much I trust this system.

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Further along the palm tree lined boardwalk stalls had been set up so we checked these out. Not in the market to buy anything and getting hungry we decided to head back to Acland Street to see if we could nab one of the seats in the sun.

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On the way we spotted this sign...

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Intrigued we took a quick detour checking out the quirky plots with different themes, some had prayer flags and random statues whilst others had signs and mosaics.

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What surprised us was that this community space had a large outdoor kitchen with a huge dining table so that people could come together to have a big picnic/BBQ and it was free to use for all, such a nice idea.

I would also be surprised if this fatty can fly!

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It was time for some delicious Melbourne grub. We weren't able to find a table outside as everywhere was busy but that didn't matter as the food was amazing. One thing we have noticed since we have been here is that the Melburnians know how to do great food! And boy were we loving that!

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On the way back to the car we noticed that the next road over from where we had parked had been cornered off by police. We would find out when we watched the news that evening that a sex worker had been found dead in the back of a van that afternoon. It seems that St Kilda has not fully moved away from its past and was shocking to think that whilst we had been enjoying a carefree Sunday afternoon that a woman's life had just been discarded a few roads away from where we had been, a sobering thought.

Sxx

Posted by doyledan 18:16 Archived in Australia

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I so enjoy all your blogs . I love to see all that you are doing and enjoying all the different parts of the world that you have visited. Interesting that you are still experiencing winter. Hopefully the Australian summer will soon be warming your bones. Love you both very much . Say hi to Broomy from me too. Xxxx

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I am going to melbourne in the beginning on january on my own. i dont have admin experience, but id like to work in a bar or hospitality. you have any advice as to which part of melbourne to go or about jobs and hostels? x
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