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The Melbourne suburb of St Kilda sits a comfortable 6km southeast from the CBD. The beachside suburb is well known as the home of Melbourne’s Luna Park as well as being arguably the entertainment hub of Melbourne, featuring many of the city’s more well known entertainment centres and hotels. It also features St Kilda Beach, Melbourne’s most popular and famous beach and is well known as the suburb of representation for the St Kilda Australian Rules Football Club, a historically successful and well regarded sporting club that plays in the Australian Football League. If you’re looking for car hire in St Kilda then look no further. Use Skedaddle’s car hire comparison service to make sure you get the best price on car hire from Australia’s leading car hire services.

Arts & Entertainment

St Kilda has a long history of being a bohemian suburb full of counter cultural Victorians from the lesbian and gay community, punks and ravers. It features many prominent live music and performance venues of varying sizes including the landmark Esplanade Hotel (Espy) as well as the Palais Theatre, a heritage listed venue that hosts large live music acts and theater performances.

Gentrification

In the 80s and 90s St Kilda underwent gentrification. Many of the cities working elite chose to live and invest in the suburb due to its close proximity to both the CBD and the port as well as the sought after lifestyle of the entertainment precinct. Subsequently with increased rental prices the historical occupants were forced out of the suburb and as such the once cultural hub is now more of a restaurant and cafe precinct.

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