Another fantastic location for a view of Melbourne’s skyline from a distance is to try the the bay walk between Port Melbourne and St Kilda. This walk is a leisurely one and it will take you around 2 hours, a total of 4.4 km via the Bay Trail. The views of Melbourne from this walk are picture perfect.
How to get there
If your starting point is from Melbourne’s CBD, then take tram Number 109 to Port Melbourne (Beacon Cove) from Collins Street, taking about 20 minutes or by bus, the number 238 from the corner of Collins and Market streets to Bay Street. The Bay Trail is a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists which follows the coastline of Port Phillip Bay. Before you begin your walk, it’s nice to have a quick stickybeak around the area, check out the cruise liner and The Spirit of Tasmania Terminal, then have a brew or a bite at one of nearby cafes.
Walk at an easy pace
It’s recommended that you bring along a bottle of water, a comfy outfit/hat and good walking shoes, definitely dress to the conditions including sun and general weather protection according to the time of year. You can hire a push bike from one of number of bike rental stands along the Port Melbourne Foreshore if you prefer to cycle the trip. Bikes can be hired directly at Port Melbourne Cycles.
What to see
Port Melbourne beach is the first that you will see, this beach is famous for all kinds of water sports, sun baking and swimming. Along with the residential areas, you will see a mixture of architect-designed houses, high-rise apartments and heritage blocks of beautiful terraces and monuments relating to the history of this colourful suburb.
You will also see the Albert & Middle Park, South Melbourne Life Saving Club, Albert Park Yachting and Angling Club. If you feel peckish, you can have a quick bite at the Sandbar Beach Cafe. Continue your walk and from time to time, gaze out to sea and check out for any water sports including a game of beach volleyball.
As you get closer to St Kilda, check out the St Kilda War Memorial and the awe inspiring Catani Clock Tower built in memory of the late Mr. Carlo Catani, the chief engineer of Public Works in St Kilda, his last major project was the reclamation of the foreshore of St Kilda. Explore the St Kilda Pier, walk through the weather board footbridge and see the panoramic views of Melbourne’s skyline in the background. With over 100 stalls, the St Kilda Esplanade market comes alive every Sunday and definitely not to be missed, a place for food, gifts, artworks, bargains, and jewellery, something for everyone. If you cross the road, you’ll find shops, pubs and restaurants forming this part of St Kilda’s main strip.
The bay walk finishes pretty much around the centre of town. As there are lots of things to see and do in St Kilda, it’s good to set few hours to enjoy this little piece of Europe in Melbourne.
St Kilda is one of the seashore suburbs of Melbourne that we keep coming back to. We love everything this suburb has to offer, from restaurants, cafes, shops, iconic cake shops, eclectic spaces, pubs and bars. Don’t forget to check out the iconic Luna Park, an amusement park and the Palais Theatre. Witness the sunset at Melbourne’s most famous beach, St. Kilda Beach.
To get back to Melbourne, just jump on Tram 96 from stop numbers 134, 135, 136, 138, and 139 in St Kilda.
To be continued, next walk from Brighton Beach to St Kilda