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


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

The Stony Creek Backwash marks the end of a journey for Stony Creek; here it flows into the Yarra River under the soaring arches of the Westgate Bridge. The intertidal mud flats of Stony Creek Backwash are fringed by mangroves and saltmarsh which are a haven for waterbirds.

The Stony Creek footbridge extends across the breakwater enabling pedestrian and bicycle traffic access to the banks of the Yarra River. The view from the footbridge provides a unique perspective of the bridge from below.

From the footbridge you can see the wreck of an unknown vessel and the remains of the former railway line that once travelled from Spotswood, along the edge of the Yarra River to the Yarraville oil wharf.

Spot the footings of temporary piers used in the construction of the West Gate Bridge, and the bund in the Yarra River protecting pier 12.

Cycling is a great way to explore the Stony Creek Backwash. The Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail passes by Stony Creek; the trail forms part of the Bay Trail and runs from Cheetham Wetlands near the mouth of Skeleton Creek to Stony Creek.

The fluctuating tide at Stony Creek Backwash makes it a popular area for fishing.

Adjoining the Backwash, Westgate Memorial Park is a memorial to the 35 men who lost their lives on October 15, 1970 in the West Gate Bridge Collapse.

How to get there

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



Need to know

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

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash


  • Management vehicle only
  • No camping
  • No fires permitted
  • No swimming


  • Water hazards
    • Deep water
    • Shallow water
    • Submerged obstacles
  • Terrain hazards
    • Slippery surface
    • Uneven ground
  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes

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.

Stony Creek Backwash Boardwalk Closed

Parks Victoria has closed the Stony Creek Backwash Boardwalk after a dive inspection found it was not safe for public use.
The boardwalk will be closed until further notice while Parks Victoria considers next steps.
We will work closely with key stakeholders and ask pedestrians to follow detour signage on site.

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