St Kilda, Australia Cruise Port

Tucked within St Kilda Harbour not far from Melbourne in the state of Victoria is the vibrant cruise port of St Kilda, Australia. A favorite place for the elite to play during the Edwardian and Victorian eras, St Kilda became dotted with mansions along the waterfront and nearby hills. After being called "Green Knoll" and "The Village of Fareham," it finally got its official name of St Kilda in 1841, when superintendent Charles La Trobe named it after the schooner Lady of St Kilda. After the Depression of the 1890s and the arrival of the 20th century, the town began attracting more artistic and bohemian types and created parks in which the lower-income set could have their own adventures. That artistic culture lingers on today, with St Kilda hosting a lively theater and festival scene. Listed below are a handful of our favorite experiences when cruising to St Kilda, Australia:
 
  • For panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline and Port Phillip Bay, wander along St Kilda Pier. Not just popular for eating and shopping, this is the place where you can come face-to-face with adorable penguins.
     
  • See how a garbage dump was transformed into breathtaking beauty at the St Kilda Botanical Gardens. A perfect break from the city crowds, the lush greenery and colorful roses provide plenty of opportunities to while away the hours in harmony with nature.
     
  • There's plenty to do at St Kilda Beach, whether you want to swim or people-watch. With tons of places to eat, those with a sweet tooth will be especially pleased: Pasty shops abound for dessert whenever the mood strikes.
     
  • Sometimes compared to Coney Island, Luna Park is a piece of town history that goes back to 1912 (and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register as a place of cultural significance). Whether you come to take a photo of the startling moon-faced front gate or just want to wander, you'll definitely want to let your inner child come out for a turn around the park.

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