Little Penguins


Little Penguins

St Kilda Pier and Breakwater

Please note the St Kilda Pier Breakwater and penguin view area are currently closed as part of the major St Kilda Pier Redevelopment.

The St Kilda Breakwater is home to a colony of Little Penguins. The isolation of the breakwater is an ideal location for them to live.

Victoria is fortunate in having several penguin rookeries along the coast where penguins can be easily observed. St Kilda Pier Breakwater is the closest place to view penguins near the CBD. The following guidelines are intended to both protect penguins and to allow you to see them under natural conditions. Please be sure you are familiar with them before visiting.

Penguin Watching Guidelines

  • Do not handle or feed the penguins.
  • No flash photography of the penguins or any torches shone on the penguins without a red filter over the front.
  • Dogs and cats are prohibited on St Kilda Breakwater.
  • Accessing, climbing or sitting on the rocks is prohibited.
  • Keep at least 3 metres away from penguins moving around the viewing area.

Parks Victoria works closely with Earthcare St Kilda in the protection and management of the Little Penguins. Interested volunteers can find out more at

The Little Penguin and Rakali are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975, and it is prohibited to interfere with the animals or their habitat.

If there is a wildlife emergency, please contact the Zoos Victoria Marine Response Unit on 1300 245 678.

Things to do

Sunset on St Kilda Pier with views of the CBD in the background.

St Kilda Pier and Breakwater

St Kilda Pier and the Breakwater offers panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline and Port Phillip Bay, and is a popular destination for a stroll and fishing.
Boats moored in Port Phillip in front of Melbourne's skyline.

Boating and St Kilda Harbour

West of the Pier is a shared windsports zone for kiteboarding, paddle boarding and windsurfing. St Kilda Harbour is a vibrant place offering great experiences for tourists, local residents and recreational boaters.
A couple walks along St Kilda Pier

The Kiosk at St Kilda Pier

The Kiosk, also known as Parer’s Pavilion, is at the heart and centre of St Kilda Pier, offering food and beverages 7 days a week. Sadly, the historic Kiosk burnt down on 11 September 2003, but the newly built kiosk was constructed in accordance with the original plans from 1904. The building has been listed on the Victorian Heritage Register since 1984. Expressions of interest are now open for St Kilda Pier kiosk. The kiosk operation will contribute to and enhance the unique and engaging experience offered to visitors of the St Kilda Pier precinct.
A mother and daughter linger at the end of a pier on the Mallacoota Inlet

Piers and jetties

Stroll along coastal piers and jetties or cast a line and fish at popular catchment areas in Port Phillip and Western Port.

How to get there

Little Penguins

Trams 12, 16 and 96 stop at St Kilda Pier and these routes can be caught from Melbourne CBD . Alternatively, a train to Balaclava station and a short trip on the number 16 tram will get you there. The 606 bus, between Elsternwick Station and Fisherman's Bend (Port Melbourne), also stops at St Kilda Pier. Visit Public Transport Victoria for more information. St Kilda Pier is found immediately off Jacka Boulevard and The Esplanade, St Kilda. Limited paid parking is available next to the Seabaths, or along main roads.

Need to know

Little Penguins

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