Located on Phillip Bay, St Kilda is some 25 minutes from the central business district of Melbourne, Victoria.
St Kilda - Aboriginal History
The traditional owners of the area of the City of Port Phillip were the Yalukit-willam, one of the five clans of the Bunurong people of the Kulin nation. The Yalukit-willam people lived in the low lying areas below Emerald Hill and the sandy-ridged ti-tree covered coastline, which extended from St Kilda to Fishermans Bend Port Melbourne. The St Kilda area was called as Euro-Yroke a word describing the reddish brown sandstone found along the beach.
Crown Lands in the area called St Kilda were first sold on December 7, 1842 when the village of St Kilda was under the jurisdiction of the Corporation of the Melbourne Town Council. Residents of St Kilda petitioned to become a municipal district in its own right and on March 9, 1857 the first St Kilda Council elections were held. St Kilda became a borough in 1863 and St Kilda was proclaimed a city in 1890; one of Melbourne's playgrounds and a seaside resort for genteel folk to take the sea air. In the 1960s and 1970s St Kilda's grandeur faded and took on a seedier edge for some time.
Today, visitors from around Australia flock to St. Kilda to take in the excitement of the city by the bay, walking, cycling or skating along the palm-lined foreshore and promenade. Fitzroy Street, alive with cool cafes, bars, and restaurants and al fresco dining is one of Melbourne's most 'buzzing' eating and drinking streets. Acland Street too is vibrant and bustling, with an eclectic mix of restaurants, wine bars and luscious continental patisseries and cake shops. The daytime scene is of streets lined with lattes drinking then at night the streets buzz with clubbers and night owls. St Kilda's weekend craft markets are another attraction. St Kilda also has excellent access to the attractions of Melbourne: the MCG, Melbourne Convention Centre, theatres and shows, Melbourne shops and markets, especially the world famous Queen Victoria Markets; a cacophony of sounds, colours and taste with wonderful fresh foods and bargains in abundance.