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There were many places to eat and walk and people watch . ALSO the penguins are hanging out, at... read more

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Check out St. Kilda and the pier. 20 minutes to 30 max by train / tram from downtown. Good nightlife, especially on weekends. Lots of pubs and bars on Fitzroy St. Also, Acland street has restaurants, cafes and shopping for the daytime but make sure to check out the entire area. Takes 2 hours. Some of the best and most famous music venues are here, such as the Palais where we almost saw Grace Jones. Though Melbourne has a Fitzroy neighbourhood with tons and tons of pubs, careful of not getting the 2 confused. The weekend market was nice, though not a lot of food stalls - mostly crafts. St. Kilda is the area where Irish coming to Melbourne, and indeed Australia overall, seem to have chosen to live. They were everywhere and it added to the lively nightlife!

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

The smallest variety (out of 18 species) of penguins literally less than a meter away from you. The penguins are jumping out of the water at dusk, to get back in their burrows located within the pier's rocks structure. It pays to be patient and to give the penguins space so they can go out and about without being scared .

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

You can watch little fairy penguins make their way back home at St.Kilda pier.
How to get there:
1. Drive down with GPS set for St.Kilda pier. There is parking available on site, with meters. It costs 12$ flat.
2. Take a tram ... search on PTV website or app from your address and you will get easy directions.
3. Walk from Luna park, a favourite destination
4. Walk from St. Kilda beach, just minutes from there

Make sure you reach before sunset. It takes 10 minutes to walk from parking to the pier end to watch the penguins.
A simple rule of thumb is that the penguins go to bed the same time as chooks.
Once you park, start walking towards pier and go on till you reach the end. Volunteers assist you in spotting those little birds.
No flashlights in photography please.
Disabled Access: Disabled using simple walkers can access the place. But it is at least 2.5 kms round trip. Consider that.
Disabled using scooters can easily go on to pier.
No problem with Wheelchairs either.
Eating: there is a restaurant at the end of the pier.
There are eateries at the st. Kilda beach right next to the pier.
Bonus: City views from the pier make your evening!!

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

The penguins are very cool and the volunteers that help to manage your interaction, as well as protect the penguins, are really excellent, informed and helpful.
Please don’t use flashlights or phone torches, they ask but so many tourists still do.

Thank nesamoolian
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Visited St Kilda Pier on our recent trip to Melbourne. We have been here before to have a look at the restored refreshment rooms. But this time it was to see the Penguins on the breakwater, as it was during the day we only saw a couple in their burrows.

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