St Kilda Pier
St Kilda Pier
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St Kilda Pier is a Melbourne landmark and has traditionally been one of Melbourne's most popular tourist attractions. Providing panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline and Port Phillip Bay, the pier is a popular destination for strolling, cycling, in-line skating and fishing. St Kilda's Little Penguin colony is well-known for making the breakwater its home, and is a popular tourist attraction. You can view the Little Penguins from the viewing platform at St Kilda Pier or by charter boat. St Kilda Pier has safe wheelchair access, lighting, handrails, drinking fountains, toilets, barbeques and a picnic and playground area. Only 5km from Melbourne CBD, St Kilda is well serviced by public transport. Take the tram from the heart of the city. Alternatively, car parking is available in the vicinity of the foreshore.
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Swell Traveller
Melbourne, Australia3,701 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The day I went was a windy day, but made for fantastic photos and there were a lot of water sports happening along the shore.

The foreshore of St Kilda Beach had a major overhaul a few years back so that there are set areas for pedestrians, dog walkers and anybody on wheels. It has made it a lot safer to walk without watching for riders etc. There are clear signs for shared pathways too.

You cannot miss the pier [dates back to 1853] and the famous marina and Little Blue Cafe / Restaurant [separate review] at the end of it. It is about 1944 feet long and the pavilion was added in 1904, though rebuilt after fire.

It is a perfect spot to photograph the hot air balloons in the morning or the sunset at the end of the day. A great place to grab fish and chips and sit along the pier and watch the people fishing.

You may even see someone penguins at certain times of the year on the rocks in their colony. You can catch the ferry here for a cruise around the bay.

Well worth a visit.
Written 9 March 2020
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Eva K
Brisbane, Australia198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
It’s hot on the beach so getting out on the pier is a bit cooler. Looking back on the shore you can see the city. It must be spectacular but unfortunately there’s a smoke haze today so you just see the city shrouded in smoke. A lovely restaurant at the end of the pier gives opportunity to stop a while and enjoy the breeze
Written 13 January 2020
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Marla-Tiye V
Phoenix, AZ44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I was fortunate enough to have a very long layover here before I flew to Darwin, Australia. March is a molting month for fairy penguins, so I saw quite a few of them under the rocks during the morning around 10:30am, which is a rare occurrence. I was able to get great videos and photographs of the fairy penguins. The weather was great due to the sunny and blue sky. It was about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It is very family-oriented, clean and serene. The location is great because you have close access to many eateries and Luna Park. I accomplished another bucket list: the Brighton Beach to St Kilda coastal walk. It is about two hours each way. You hardly notice the time due to the gorgeous vistas. I really enjoyed watching the black swans swim. You move with the crowds who walk in stride wearing smiles.
Written 28 March 2020
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platypus150
Melbourne, Australia31,686 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Day or night, I enjoy a walk along the pier. I have been doing this for nearly 50 years and in all weathers. The penguins are now off limits to protect them from vandals, but whether you want to observe the sunset, the city lights, or just take the sea breezes, it is a great place to do it.
Written 19 November 2021
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,987 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The pier dates back to 1853 and the current version which is 1944 feet long has had many additions. The Pavilion was added in 1904 and rebuilt recently after fire. It is an interesting pier with great views back to the city and a penguin colony at the rocks at the end. Worth a look and a walk.And there were two penguins.
Written 6 March 2020
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Gez
Dublin, Ireland10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We liked st kilda, but don’t bother going to see the Penguins at end of the pier. We went on a Saturday night. There were drunks, rude crowds of young people taking selfies. We got there early and got a great spot, but people just stood in front of us. Just so rude. We left before the Penguins ever came in!
Written 22 March 2020
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S4nnyBunny
Melbourne2,035 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Friends
One of the more interesting things to do in St.Kilda. It’s a nice long walk and you can come here to take the ferry to Williamstown or Port Melbourne. Offers excellent views from the city skyline, Luna Park and the coastline to Port Melbourne. Close by to Fitzroy St which is handy if you want a bite to eat. Also Stenhouse Reserve is there to explore.
Written 25 February 2021
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Peter G
20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
there is building work going on. There is a solid 2m screen blocking half the view.
There is a derelict closed building at the end of the pier and that's it.
There are no bins and as a result the refuse from fishermen and takeway scraps and wrapping make for just a disgusting place
Written 6 October 2022
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Track
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Construction of new pier and penguin viewing platform continues. Building at the end of the pier (previously tea room/cafe) is still closed. However if you are in the area why not walk out to the end of the pier simply for fun and to check our progress on the redevelopment. The days the construction crew are using machinery to move large rocks can be entertaining for children.
Written 23 March 2023
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Travelrak2
Hove, UK81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
So cute!! Seeing the penguins just after sunset was fantastic, they are adorable. It’s also a lovely walk with a great view of the city.

Furious with one idiot taking pictures with their flat on even with signs everywhere which really scared one of them who was running across the path.
Written 10 February 2020
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