Gem Pier (Williamstown Workshop, Piers & Stony Creek Backwash, Local Port of Port Phillip)


Gem Pier (Williamstown Workshop, Piers & Stony Creek Backwash, Local Port of Port Phillip)

Gem Pier stands as one of the most highly utilised piers in Port Phillip, with scenic views of the port and surrounding Melbourne cityscape.

Gem Pier is the perfect starting point for exploring early Victoria’s maritime history or many of Williamstown’s and Port Phillip's contemporary attractions. The HMAS Castlemaine is permanently docked at Gem Pier. Classed as a Heritage Honour Ship, the Castlemaine is now a floating museum and visitors can inspect a fascinating collection of nautical exhibits and memorabilia.

For a broader view of Port Phillip visitors may like to board a ferry at Gem Pier and cruise in style to Southgate.

Gem Pier has nearby barbeque, picnic and playground facilities.

Jumping and diving off the pier and other structures is prohibited for public safety. There are shallow areas and often unexpected submerged objects

Ensure dogs are kept on lead at all times and clean up after your dog.

How to get there

Gem Pier (Williamstown Workshop, Piers & Stony Creek Backwash, Local Port of Port Phillip)

Need to know

Gem Pier (Williamstown Workshop, Piers & Stony Creek Backwash, Local Port of Port Phillip)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash


  • Load, weight restrictions
  • No swimming
  • No jumping or diving off piers or jetties
  • Speed restrictions apply
  • Boating zones apply


  • Water hazards
    • Shallow water
    • Strong currents
    • Submerged obstacles
    • Deep water
  • Terrain hazards
    • Slippery surface
  • Animals and pests
    • Stingers

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

Workshops Pier Closure

Workshops Pier is currently closed to pedestrians and vehicles in the interest of public safety.
Working together with the site lessee we have taken necessary safety precautions by closing Workshops Pier at the Seaworks complex in Williamstown, following assessments that identified it was at risk of failure.
Further investigations are required to determine the extent of deterioration and consider the next steps. Until then, public safety is our priority, and the pier will remain closed to vehicles and the general public.
We are working with the lessee and berth holders to minimise the impact of the closure and facilitate authorised access where safe to do so.

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