Boating and St Kilda Harbour

St Kilda Pier and Breakwater

St Kilda Pier and Breakwater sits within an Aboriginal cultural landscape. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

Enjoy kiteboarding, paddle boarding and windsurfing in the a shared windsports zone to the west of the Pier, outlined by yellow special mark buoys and protected by the Breakwater. Recreational boaters should navigate carefully in this area and maintain a speed of 5 knots or less. To the east of the Pier is a Swimming only area. For more information about the different zones check our boating and swimming zones page.

Temporary berthing is found at the centre lower-landing for 30 minutes pick-up and drop-off only. The floating-pontoon toward the end of the pier and marina entrance has 48-hour unmanned casual berthing to the south, 4-hour unmanned casual berthing on the north, and 30-minute pick-up and drop-off on the eastern length of the arm.

The St Kilda Harbour precinct is home to the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS). The harbour is a vibrant, recreational boating destination that provides a great experience for tourists, local residents and recreational boaters alike. There are no re-fuelling facilities available at the harbour, with the nearest re-fuelling available at St Kilda Marina, just south of the harbour. The marina section of the harbour is privately leased and managed by the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, however, there is public pedestrian access during office hours. For berthing and marina enquiries, visit their website are www.rmys.com.au. The swing moorings are also managed by the RMYS (under authorisation by Parks Victoria), so please contact them for further information.

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.

Little Penguins

The St Kilda Breakwater is home to a colony of Little Penguins. Just before dusk, you can view the colony coming ashore from the promenade on the St Kilda Breakwater.
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. The Kiosk restaurant is aptly named Little Blue, as it is the only Melbourne venue fully surrounded by Port Phillip.
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.
Two teenage girls take part in a sailing race on Port Philip Bay in a small boat called Inkspot.

Boating and sailing

Take to the waves of Port Phillip and see Victoria's coast from the water or sail inland lakes and rivers by boat or charter.

How to get there

Boating and St Kilda Harbour

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.

When To Go

Bustling harbour activity with boats and plenty of sailing events.

Need to know

Boating and St Kilda Harbour

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

    Work is underway to rebuild the iconic St Kilda Pier. This is a significant project so some closures and disruptions apply

    The St Kilda Pier redevelopment is a significant project, so disruptions, noise and closures are expected. 
    The penguin viewing area and Pier Breakwater are closed. Penguin viewing will reopen following completion of the St Kilda Pier Redevelopment project. 
    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

  • St Kilda Pier and Breakwater (St Kilda Pier and Breakwater, Local Port of Port Phillip)

    St Kilda Pier outer public berths temporarily closed

    The outer public berths at St Kilda Pier are temporarily closed from Saturday 17th December 2022, awaiting some minor repairs to the floating pontoon.

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