15. St Kilda, Victoria
Ignore the passing container ships chugging their way across Port Phillip Bay and consider your surroundings: when it’s hot nowhere gets quite as sexy as St Kilda. Looking far more like the Med than anything remotely Australian, St Kilda beach sizzles with by boulevards of gigantic palms fringed by chic restaurants and bars at regular intervals all offering perfect views over the busy beach scene. In the evenings, the sun sets into the water, a rarity for anywhere outside of Western Australia.
It’s in the evenings when St Kilda really hits its stride, as couples lounge in leafy bayside parks, or at restaurant and bar institutions like the Stokehouse or Donovans with their chic clientele, or outside the irrepressible Espy Hotel, sipping wine while the sun sets. As night falls, the options truly begin: dance till dawn, or slow down the pace over dinner for two.
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