Where Did Prostitutes and Drug Addicts Hang Out?

February 25th, 2009   •   2 comments   

The answer was St Kilda’s Beach – well, at least in the past. After many years of gentrification, the bayside resort area just south of Melbourne city has become a fashionable and swanky beach neighbourhood, attracting families, singles, seniors and anybody who wanted to spend a day at the beach. Other than the beach, the precinct also had a nice F&B and shopping belt along Acland Street, and a nifty little theme park (Luna Park). In a spirit of wanderlust, I decided to check it out last Sunday morning and bought a Sunday Saver tram pass (which cost AUD 3.10) and decided to explore this destination at the City of Port Philip.

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Palm-lined roads greeted one along the ocean front, with festive carnival stalls on a Sunday peddling art souvenirs, T-shirts, and other wares.

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Here is one of such stalls, with plastic trinkets galore.

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Worshippers of the sun baking themselves in the summer heat. Well, it wasn’t that hot actually with temperatures hovering at about 24 to 25 deg C or so in the balmy breeze.

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Check out these lifeguards attired in yellow and red, which immediately reminded me of “Baywatch”, albeit in a slightly less glamorous mode.

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This boy was having fun chasing seagulls away. It seem to be a common pastime here, and a great photo opportunity.

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Kids can also have fun in this little playground by the beach.

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Of course, the Luna Park at St Kilda’s Beach was the main draw for children of all ages.

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See what I mean?

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One could gain altitude in a ferris wheel like this one.

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Or enjoy a high-thrill roller coaster ride. There are about three different roller coasters to choose from, depending on your appetite for adrenaline pumping fun.

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These inverter rides were also popular, though I can’t imagine why people would want to suffer from the sheer vertigo and nausea from this dizzying encounter.

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For the younger ones, there are more sedate experiences like this Thomas the choo choo train ride.

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Or the ever popular bumper car ride.

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Everybody loves a good scare, even in broad summer daylight.

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After all that action, one needs to fuel up at these food and drink stalls.

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The damage for all that theme park fun? Well, read it for yourselves.

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On my way to Acland Street, I chanced upon this stretch limousine…

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…and this quirky bearded dude playing electronic music on a ukelele and electronic digeridoo thingy.

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Acland Street was full of savoury cake shops and mouth-watering F&B outlets offering all kinds of delicious calorie-rich delights.

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There were also some funky shop fronts, like this one here…

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…and another with psychedelic 70s-themed characters on a roof. Oh and the man in shades was pretty friendly too.

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2 comments

  1. eve+line
    posted on Feb 26, 2009 at 1:46 AM

    Ahhh… Acland Street. Reminds me of the cake shops there yums…

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