St Kilda to Black Rock, with lunch

This easy-moderate 15km hike along the Bay Trail and beaches is a ripper in good weather. Or for a moody, sober feel, try it on a cloudy day and reward yourself with a superb lunch at trails' end.

Start the hike at St Kilda Pier, where there are a number of places you can grab a coffee for the road. Head south, following the Bay Trail which is paved and in most places, and often separated from the cycle path. Please remember to hike safe and stay left and/or on the footpath.

You'll pass the St Kilda Marina, with its neatly stacked boats and a cafe, and then the Elwood Canal, with its cute wooden bridge.

North Point Cafe offers a handy half-way point for a caffine top-up if required.

Once you reach Brighton, the path wanders onto the beach at times. One such stretch takes you past the Brighton Bathing Boxes - a popular tourist attraction in their own right. Make sure you turn around to take in the views over the city.

The stretch between Brighton and Sandringham provide the opportunity to explore the beach and lower paths rather than walking alongside Beach Road, which can get a little noisy.

This hike has a few opt-out points, with train stations at Hampton and Sandringham if you're tired. Or you can check out some of the railway history if you continue along the lower (beach-side path).

Fabulous views await at Red Bluff and Half Moon Bay if you decide to push on, and you can reward yourself with a yummy lunch and a few post-hike beverages at True South, an Argentinian restaurant and brewery overlooking the beach in Black Rock.


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