St Kilda Walking Tour

From riches to rags and back again

St Kilda audio walking map (PDF 160 KB)

This is a walking tour of St Kilda’s domestic architecture and changing fortunes of the seaside suburb.

Narrated by Peter Mares from ABC Radio National, the tour guides you through some St Kilda streets that show how history is captured in bricks and mortar.

Print out or save the map before you set off.

St Kilda audio tour walking map (PDF 160 KB)

Download the audio transcript (Word 93 KB)

St Kilda walking tour in separate tracks

Stop 1 – Summerland Mansions (MP3 3.6 MB)


Stop 2 – The evolution of St Kilda (MP3 1.5 MB)


Stop 3 – Houses on Victoria St (MP3 3.1 MB)


Stop 4 – Things are not as they seem (MP3 1.8 MB)


Stop 5 – Development and protest (MP3 2.3 MB)


Stop 6 – Outside the Espy (MP3 1.6 MB)


Stop 7 – Alfred Square (MP3 1.3 MB)


Stop 8 – Cream brick veneer (MP3 1.4 MB)


Stop 9 – Church Square (MP3 2.8 MB)


Stop 10 – Mansion subdivisions (MP3 1.2 MB)


Stop 11 – Queen Anne (MP3 1.3 MB)


Stop 12 – Art Deco (MP3 1.6 MB)


Stop 13 – Californian Bungalow (MP3 1.2 MB)


Stop 14 – Victorians transformed (MP3 1.4 MB)


Stop 15 – Linden (MP3 1.3 MB)


Stop 16 – Halcyon days (MP3 1 MB)


Stop 17 – The end (MP3 730 KB)



This tour has been created by Heritage Victoria and funded through the strategy, Victoria’s Heritage: Strengthening our communities.


Producer: Malcolm McKinnon
Narrator: Peter Mares
Music and sound design: AYJ Cabrie
Map design: Dianna Wells Design

This project has received in-kind support from the City of Port Phillip, St Kilda Historical Society, and ABC Radio National. Special thanks to Peter Johnson for generously sharing his knowledge of local buildings.