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.

  • Rhyll Jetty (Rhyll Jetty, The Waters of Western Port Bay)

    Rhyll Jetty - Closure to vehicle access

    Vehicle access on Rhyll Jetty has been closed on recommendations to lower the load limit and ensure safety.   The jetty remains open for pedestrian access and berthing for current commercial operators, but vehicles are not permitted on the jetty.  

    Attachments: FAQ - Rhyll Jetty Vehicle Access Closure Aug 2021 (185KB)

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    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.

    Penguin Viewing Area and Breakwater Closed

    Penguin viewing sessions and the St Kilda Pier Breakwater are currently closed. They will reopen following repair works as part of the St Kilda Pier Redevelopment project. 

    Hampton Pier closure

    Hampton Pier and associated berthing is closed until further notice after an inspection found it was not safe for public use.   Parks Victoria is undertaking a broader planning project for Sandringham Harbour which will consider the future for the pier.  Learn more

    Portarlington Pier Improvement Works

    Work to complete a $9.6 million investment into on-water improvements at Portarlington Pier has begun and will continue for approximately 18 months to September 2022.  For further information visit www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/portarlington-harbour-access-improvements  

    Attachments: FAQ - Portarlington Pier Upgrade April 2021 (308KB)

  • Altona Pier (Altona Pier, Local Port of Port Phillip)

    Altona Pier Partial Closure

    The outer section of Altona Pier, including the pier head, is closed until further notice due to structural concerns with failing support piles.  Visitors can continue to use the first 130 metres of the pier approach but must not enter the closed area indicated with signage and fencing.

    Altona Pier Redevelopment

    A major redevelopment is being planned for Altona Pier to provide an improved recreational space for more people to enjoy for many years to come.   Find out more about the project here.

  • Workshops Site (Williamstown Workshop, Piers & Stony Creek Backwash, Local Port of Port Phillip)

    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)

    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.

  • Dromana Pier (Local Port of Port Phillip, Dromana Pier)

    Dromana Pier partial closure

    The outer section of Dromana Pier (approx. 40 metres of the pier head) is closed until further notice following an engineering assessment that deemed is potentially unsafe for access. The remainder of the pier, including the low landing, is open for walking, boating and fishing activities. Learn more Frequently Asked Questions.

    Attachments: Dromana Pier partial closure FAQ (900KB)

  • Middle Brighton Pier (Middle Brighton Pier and Breakwater, Local Port of Port Phillip)

    Middle Brighton Pier Outer Lower Landing Closure

    The Middle Brighton Pier Outer Lower Landing has been closed for public safety.
    There is a temporary fence around the lower landing preventing access from the Middle Brighton Pier.  Berthing of vessels and access onto the structure from the water is prohibited.
    The nearby Middle Brighton Pier Inner Low Landing is open and accessible to members of the public and berthing vessels.

  • Rye Pier (Local Port of Port Phillip, Rye Pier)

    Load Limits apply on Rye Pier head

    Please note crowd/load limits currently apply on the Rye Pier head. Please ensure you maintain a safe distance of 1.5m at all times to ensure a safe crowd loading. Vessel berthing along the Pier head is also prohibited. Berthing is currently still available along the Rye Pier low landing - subject to the signposted weight and time limits. For further info please call 13 1963.

    Rye Pier Upgrades

    A major upgrade is being planned for Rye Pier. Find out more here.

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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