Roller skating is absolutely back in a big way, there’s no doubt about that. For those of us in Melbourne wanting to have a roll without jumping right in and buying some skates, you’ll be very happy to know you can do just that in St Kilda. There’s a little skate gang that’s kicked up again now the weather’s gotten gorgeous, so you can live your true 70s Venice Beach vibes without actually having to go to the US.

Rolla Bae is back up and rolling for its second season down by the bay in St Kilda, popping up in a bright little caravan at Marina Reserve where you can hire yourself a set of skates and zoom along the Port Phillip Bay esplanade to your heart’s delight.

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It’s like the roller rinks that we all had a birthday party at as a kid (myself included) but instead of inside a hall of people zipping around in a bit circle while So Fresh Hits Of Summer plays at an alarming decibel, you can hire the skates out for a full day of hooning around the beach if you want.

If you’re into just doing a quick hour of leg power (or a gentle, first-timer roll along the water) you can hire a set of quad skates or a skateboard for $25, or a half-day of hire for $60, or go the whole hog and spend the entire day doing zoomies for $90. Tbh that’s not bloody bad.

The little caravan is open from 3pm til sunset Thursdays and Fridays, and midday till sun-down on the weekends.

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For those who feel like strapping on a pair of skates would result in them looking like Bambi taking his first steps, Rolla Bae also offers Skate Club lessons on Thursdays and Saturdays so you can learn how to skate, stop, and most importantly: fall without absolutely destroying yourself.

This year they’re also running wellness and yoga classes from Tuesday to Saturday (which are very much not on wheels, don’t worry) so you can build up your important skating muscles (read: core, legs, ass) or just get yourself back out and about after a very long winter inside.

So if you’re into a little roll along the water, absolutely chuck on your best 70s gear – or something you feel comfy in – and get down to the beach for some wheely good action. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

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