My husband and I have gone on long holidays to Melbourne many times ,the last time beingAugust 2006. We usually rent an apartment so that we can do our own cooking or eat out at all the excellent eating places all over the city.
As public transport is extremely convenient and good we used to take the tram and visit St Kilda almost every morning. They start cleaning the beach rather early so the beach isn't deserted. Walking the whole length of the beach is always fun despite it being rather windy.I always atrapped down my hat, a must to keep out the dangerous Australian sun. The cold winds that come all the way from Antartica have to be felt ,cannot be described.
After the walk, walk past the tram station and into the restaurent lined streets of St Kilda village .Food of every kind,Lebanese, Chinese, Italian, Greek and the real Aussie kind. Take your Pick!An Aussie breakfast which is served all morning untill the lunch hour keeps you going untill the evening. Most of the eateries have tables outsideso you can eat and watch the world go by. Between the eating places are tiny 'boutiques', book shops and shops that sell about everything. Just the place to explore! A market that sells the freshest of fruit and vegetable and even a "Coles" super market. Walk further in and there is a park. Not the best in Melbourne but shady and good to picnic in. During the holiday season and on weekends there is a 'mini Cony island near the beach,gifted by the American people. In the evenings you can see the ferry toTasmania go by in the distance against a colourful sunset
St Kilda is certanly a MUST if you visit Mebourne.
Take a ferry and visit penguins nearby
Sunday is market day and the Beach is crawling with stalls selling pretty things and art works of every sort. It is mainly an artists maket but you can buy many other things too. A very good maket to buy gifts in
There are many hotels in the area and flats you could rent . Australia is relatively safe. Mugging is rare.