Victorians have a strong connection with the coast. Piers and jetties provide access to enjoy our coastal environments and to be active and healthy. They’re also popular seaside destinations for visitors and tourists.
Parks Victoria manages 42 piers and jetties, most of which are in Port Phillip and Western Port, with a combined 32 million visits a year! Popular for sightseeing, sunset strolls and fishing, these structures connect the land to the sea are also home to a fascinating and diverse range of marine plants and animals, waiting to greet those visitors willing to venture beneath the waves.
Victoria’s piers date back to the early 1800s and provide fascinating and important connections to Victoria’s social and maritime heritage. Rebuilt and repaired over many years since their original construction, many of Port Phillip and Western Port’s piers were last renewed around 50 years ago and as such are now reaching the end of their design life. Priority investment is being directed where it is needed most and ready to be delivered, with Parks Victoria currently overseeing more than $70 million of vital repairs, upgrades and redevelopments to make our piers and jetties safe and better for the future.
Things to do
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.