St Kilda Beach has been modified by foreshore development. Today the main beach is 650 m long. The beach abuts the side of St Kilda Marina in the south, with Brooks Jetty also crossing the southern end, while the St Kilda Pier and breakwater form the northern boundary. As a result of these structures, the beach has widened at each end.
The beach is backed by the busy Esplanade, however parking is limited. The St Kilda Life Saving Club was formed in 1914. The two-storey club house is located next to the main beach access point.
The beach faces the south-west and receives sufficient storm waves to build a single bar, consisting of predominantly shallow, attached sections, cut by deeper rip channels every 100 m. The rips are inactive unless waves are breaking over the bar.
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.