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A Local’s Guide to St Kilda

By Jane Ormond, Australia, July 2011

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Melbourne is essentially a city of villages. Distinct inner city suburbs spoke out from the orderly CBD, each with its own flavour and drawcards. One of the most famous and flocked to of these villages is St Kilda.

St Kilda was a well-to-do beachside holiday spot back in the 1920s, but it gradually slid into less salubrious ways. The area became gritty, risky, joyfully bohemian and decidedly family unfriendly. In the 1970s and 1980s, it became home to much of Melbourne’s punk and alternative music scene. Today, St Kilda is a much more gentrified affair. Swanky hotels have replaced fleapit pubs and tourist (and backpacker) hordes flock on the weekend. But you can still find traces of its low-rent past – St Kilda is just one of those places with permanent magic in its veins.

Editors Note: This recommendation was taken from our Melbourne Things To Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Melbourne. Photo courtesy of Adam J.W.C.

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