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.
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
Piers and jetties
How to get there
Need to know
Change of Conditions
Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
St Kilda Pier Redevelopment - closures and disruptions applyThe St Kilda Pier redevelopment is a significant project, so disruptions, noise and closures are expected.Current closed areas:• Penguin viewing area• St Kilda Breakwater• St Kilda Pier KioskAccess changes• Access to the public berths at the end of the pier are inaccessible from land other than via the temporary Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron gated pontoon access.To keep up to date with the latest project information and impacts please sign up to the project mailing list via parks.vic.gov.au/projects/melbourne-region/st-kilda-pier-redevelopment