Gem Pier (Williamstown Workshop, Piers & Stony Creek Backwash)


Gem Pier (Williamstown Workshop, Piers & Stony Creek Backwash)

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)

Need to know

Gem Pier (Williamstown Workshop, Piers & Stony Creek Backwash)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash


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


  • Water hazards
    • Deep water
    • Strong currents
    • Shallow water
    • Submerged obstacles
  • 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.

CLOSED - Stony Creek Backwash Timber Boardwalk

Parks Victoria closed the Stony Creek Backwash timber boardwalk in June 2020 after dive and engineering inspections found it was not safe for public use. 
Sections of decking have been removed and handrail installed to prevent pedestrian access to the site and ensure visitor safety. 
Access to the Stony Creek Backwash and Yarra River is provided via the Hyde St entrance track. The salvageable portion of the boardwalk has been maintained to provide a viewing and fishing platform for site visitors.

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