Piers and jetties


Piers and jetties

Take a relaxing sunset stroll, say hello to a seahorse or drop a line and catch a fish for dinner. The piers and jetties of Port Phillip and Western Port are popular destinations for a range of recreational activities including short walks, sightseeing, fishing, swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. These structures that connect the land to the sea are home to a fascinating and diverse range of marine plants and animals, waiting to greet those visitors willing to venture beneath the waves. Some activities may be restricted in some areas so please check signs at individual locations.

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.
Two friends fish off the back a boat on a misty morning on Lake Eildon.


In quiet lakes and gently flowing rivers, in the pounding surf or in the depths beneath your boat – the waters of Victoria’s parks and reserves offer some prize catches.
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.
A diver takes a photo a school of fish in the Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.

Scuba diving

Dive to the depths of the ocean floor in marine national parks or explore shipwrecks at the bottom of the bays.

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.
Boats moored in Port Phillip in front of Melbourne's skyline.

Boating and St Kilda Harbour

West of the Pier is a shared windsports zone for kiteboarding, paddle boarding and windsurfing. St Kilda Harbour is a vibrant place offering great experiences for tourists, local residents and recreational boaters.
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 weedy seadragon swims along near the sea bed.

Meet some of our unique marine life

Marine national parks and sanctuaries exist to protect Victoria’s unique and diverse marine ecosystem, and the many plants and animals that live in them. Meet some of the marine life that these parks protect.
Snorkelling at Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary

Discover an underwater world

If you’re looking for the best places to see underwater ecosystems and encounter marine wildlife, look no further! We’ve rounded up some of the best ways to explore marine protected areas. So, pack your togs, wetsuit, a mask and snorkel and head to the coast!

Piers and jetties

Watch the sunrise or sunset, fish, swim, snorkel, dive and more from one the many piers and jetties of Port Phillip and Western Port. These structures that connect the land to the sea are home to a fascinating and diverse range of marine plants and animals.

How to get there

Piers and jetties


Boat Ramp

Need to know

Piers and jetties

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.

  • Mornington Pier and Jetty (Mornington Pier and Jetty)

    Fishermans Jetty Closure

    Fishermans Jetty in Mornington Harbour is currently closed to public access until further notice. Recent assessments have revealed significant concerns for the structural capacity of the jetty with several failed piles being discovered. The jetty will be closed to all public pedestrian traffic. Berthing access has been restricted to only a few berths that are not affected by the structural failures. Parks Victoria is working with the affected berth holders and community and apologise for the inconvenience. Nearby piers to fish from include the Mornington main pier, Frankston Pier and Dromana Pier.

  • St Kilda Pier and Breakwater (St Kilda Pier and Breakwater)

    Restriction of Access by Public and Dogs to Breakwater and Rocks

    A set-aside determination is in place to restrict public access to the breakwater beyond the gate and the rocks of the breakwater, any dog or cat from the breakwater. Public must remain on all formed paths and boardwalks

    Attachments: RD signed_StKildaBreakwater_SetAside_101218 (278KB)

  • Workshops Site (Williamstown Workshop, Piers & Stony Creek Backwash)

    Boyd Pier and Commissioner's Jetty Closure

    Boyd Pier and Commissioner's Jetty have been closed, and all berthing is prohibited.

    Additionally, there is no public access permitted on the wharves, and access in the waters between the heads of the two piers is prohibited.

    There is no expected date for re-opening of the areas. If you require further information, please contact Seaworks.

    Attachments: Map_final (189KB)

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Middle Brighton Pier Partially Closed

    For public safety, Middle Brighton Pier and Breakwater are closed due to risk of structural failure. Closure of the pier extends from the first low landing to the breakwater. The first low landing, located 150m along the pier, is available for short term berthing. When using the open section of the pier, visitors are advised to keep clear of small areas of barricaded, potentially unsafe concrete decking. Vehicles are prohibited on the entire length of the pier.

    St Kilda Inner Lower Landing Partial Closure

    The St Kilda Inner Lower Landing has been partially closed for public safety.

    There is a temporary fence around the western end of the landing. Access is still available on the eastern end of the landing via the ramp.

  • St Leonards Pier (St Leonards Jetty and Breakwater)

    No swimming or diving beneath St Leonards pier or piles

    In the interest of public safety Parks Victoria recommends that divers, snorkelers and swimmers do not dive beneath the pier and its piles.

    This is due to observed deterioration of concrete on the underside of the deck of St Leonards Pier.  This deterioration can result in possible concrete spalling into the water.
    Signage will be displayed on site to notify members of the public of this hazard.
    Parks Victoria will continue to monitor the condition of the pier and advise stakeholders of any further change in condition.

Related activities


Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are great ways to explore beautiful waterways. Enjoy the tranquility and spot wildlife that hikers don’t normally see.
Two friends go for a swim in Lake Elusive in Croajingolong National Park.

Freshwater swimming

Take a cool, invigorating dip in fresh waterholes, streams and lakes. Be sure to observe safety signs and take caution when swimming in nature.
A couple walk down the track and away from the Lighthouse at Cape Schank on the Mornington Peninsula.


Learn about the seafaring past of Victoria's rugged and unforgiving coastline at marine and maritime exhibits and sites.
A man in a red wetsuit and a women with the top half of her wetsuit undone follow two men in to the surf on the Morning Peninsula.


Learn to surf from beaches dotted along the coast or for experienced boarders ride the ultimate wave at ocean back beaches or famous Bells Beach.
Mum helps her young son as he jumps off a large piece of drift wood at West Cape Beach.


Walk white sandy beaches, swim in cool coastal waters or surf the wild waves of the Southern Ocean.
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