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Melbourne Day 3: St. Kilda Beach, Luna Park & Acland Street (Part 2)

Continuation from Melbourne Day 3: Victoria Hall & Queen Victoria Market Again (Part 1)

We dropped off our QVM’s shopping goods and had perhaps 2 hours of good sleep at the hostel before heading out. The beds at Victoria Hall were luring us again! Hehe

Remember we bought tram tickets at Flinders Street Station on the first day? We’re going to use it now for our trip to St Kilda. We learned that you just need to validate your metcard ticket one time once you get on the tram (for daily full fare zone 1 ticket).

St Kilda is a city suburb of Melbourne, located just 6km south of Melbourne. The main draws of St Kilda are the beach and food.

We waited to nearly 1/2 hour for the tram as we missed one just as we cross the road to the tram stop. The tram ride from La Trobe Street/Swanston Street tram stop to St Kilda took about 20 minutes. We reached St Kilda around 4pm. Initially we wanted to go to Brighton Beach (which is famous for its colorful beach houses) as well but looking at the time constraint, we have to choose either one. We go for St Kilda as Brighton Beach is further away and train is needed to get there.

The street beside St Kilda beach.

St Kilda beach. In my opinion this is just a normal beach. Nothing hu-ha to it.
Still it’s a nice place to sit, breath and enjoy the surrounding.
Taken with TZ-7

St Kilda pier. A place that I ‘so’ wanted to go but were too lazy to walk there. Haha
Tsk it was deem far as we are heading to the opposite direction for other attractions.
Yeah I know it looks near. That’s because I zoomed it.

Dogs at St Kilda beach.

St Kilda pier.

Kids at St Kilda beach. Background is the St Kilda pier and Melbourne city skyline.

The beautiful St Kilda historic bridge.

Palais Theatre, the largest theater in Australia. This used to be a movie theatre but is now use for live performing venue. In fact Adam Lambert will be performing in Palais Theatre in his Glam Nation Tour on 19th October 2010 to a sold out crowd. Woot woot!

Next to Palais Theatre is the famous historical amusement park; Luna Park which was built in 1912.

We went in to have a look and well it’s some sort like the Happy Fun Park I visited not long ago, only smaller.

As we were walking out from this famous Luna Park entrance, my sis suggested to have a look at what’s inside his nose. Well, well… it’s hollow and black in there. LOL

After that we walked to Acland Street for its famous cakes & restaurants.

Acland Street stretches very long (almost the whole length of St Kilda beach) however a large portions of the road are residential areas (flats, mansions… some are really beautiful).

The part that we’re interested in is the restaurant area.

Another view of Acland Street.

Ohh cakes galore!

Acland Cake Shop.

Clockwise from top: Vanilla slice, cannoli and chocolate waffle bought from Acland Cake Shop.
I’m not sure why we go with this selection. Haha

Acland Cake Shop & Le Bon Cake Shop.

Awesome range of cakes/pastries!
I wonder how long it takes to bake all these.

Trams at Acland Street/Carlisle Street tram stop.
We went back to Melbourne CBD around 5.30pm. It is not safe to hang around St Kilda at night (prostitution & druggies).

We got off at La Trobe Street/Swanston Street tram stop again and walked back to our hostel from there. It was evening and the sun was setting.

State Library of Victoria, which is just opposite the tram stop.
Taken with TZ-7

Lovely view at the intersection of Swanston Street & La Trobe Street.
Taken with TZ-7

This is the intersection of La Trobe Street & Russell Street.
On the left is the Francis Ormond Building, home to RMIT University. On the right is Old Police Headquarter building which has now turned into apartments. Further down on the right is Victoria Hall, our zzzzzzz place.
Taken with TZ-7

This is also one of the many roads in Melbourne CBD where you need to do a hook turn. Will tell you more about this in later post.

We did plenty of walks on day 3 and by night fall our bodies & legs were aching. Our dinner were at a Chinese shop at Lygon Street (a stone throw away from Victoria Hall). The restaurant name is No. 1 Steamboat but we did not order steamboat. Instead we had Lemon Chicken Rice @ AUD7.80 & Chinese dumplings @ AUD3.70. Both were delicious!

Only have the energy to muster some shots of what we ate after we had our dinner. Hahaha
These were Ikea kids cups. LOL
Taken with TZ-7

Stay tuned for day 4 (which is going to be a blast!)

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  • Reply tekkaus October 17, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Everything there looks serene despite being very modern. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 18, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Tekkaus, even in the city centre you can still see plenty of old buildings. Really beautiful. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Dawn October 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    The city looks so clean, don’t see no bits and pieces of trash on the streets.

  • Reply fufu October 19, 2010 at 6:55 am

    huuh Luna Park is everywhere?? i saw one in sydney too…end of the harbour bridge πŸ™‚ argh and melbourne is one of the nicest cities i enjoyed a lot…probably was hosted by my friendly friend πŸ™‚

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 19, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Dawn, I guess that’s why Melbourne is a much loved city.

    Fufu, ohh really? Sydney also ada? Hahahaha
    Glad you enjoyed Melbourne. Me too πŸ™‚

  • Reply lechua October 21, 2010 at 12:18 am

    looks like a lovely place to chill out…. esp from your first 2 photos!

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 21, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Lechua, it is but then this is just like any other beach. I don’t find it any special except for St Kilda pier.

  • Reply Angie Tan October 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I miss Melbourne. Maybe I should have stayed back to work there. LOL!!

    Great that you found the yummy pastries along St Kilda street. I miss the little Jewish restaurant which served the best duck l’orange (roast duck with orange)…

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 23, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Angie Tan, haha maybe…

    Duck l’orange? wah sound yummy!

  • Reply foongpc November 14, 2010 at 3:21 am

    The clown picture at the entrance of Luna Park looks scary! haha!

    The cakes look delicious! : )

  • Reply Che-Cheh November 15, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Foongpc, the clown picture is scary? haha

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