St Kilda Pier, St Kilda

The St Kilda Pier in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia, is home to a colony of fairy penguins, the St Kilda Pavilion, as well as the Marina of the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron.

It was first built in 1853 as a small private timber jetty by the St Kilda Pier and Jetty company, but destroyed the same year, and rebuilt by 1855 as a public pier. It was extended many times, until it became a 1944 ft pier with stone groins. A shelter at the beach end, a breakwater and an L shaped extension sheltering the St Kilda Yacht Club by the 1880s. Moorings for the Port Phillip Bay excursion steamers were added in 1893, and the Pavilion was added in 1904. The pier became a favourite destination for promenading, fishing, excursions and small boat moorings for much of the 20th century, as St Kilda became Melbourne's entertainment district and most popular beach.

The breakwater had been built in timber, and in 1955 was replaced with a rubble stone one. In the 1970s, the timber pier was replaced with a concrete one, and the breakwater extended.

Fairy penguins breeding amongst the rocks of the breakwater were first documented in 1974, with 100 altogether identified by 1989. They now number about 1200, and public viewing is a popular attraction.
In 2017, with the pier nearing the end of its design life, Parks Victoria, the owner of bayside infrastructure in Victoria, announced a plan to replace the current one, with two options.
The pier remains a favourite destination for visitors to the St Kilda foreshore, with a walk to the end and back a popular activity.
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  • Overseas visitors who have seen the piers in Brighton or Blackpool may think that the St Kilda Pier is rather modest, but it is actually quite nice. The origins of the pier go way back to 1853, when....  more »
  • Visited on Wednesday 12th February. I always enjoy going for a walk along the pier and you get great views back towards the CBD as well.  more »
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  • Excellent boardwalk along the ocean. Great vibe along the beach with all age groups. Sunset is the best time to visit with stunning views, perfecr for photo's.
  • We walked along the sea front today and it was peaceful and beautiful. The sun was shining but there was a lovely breeze and although there were some people, there were not many between 9 and 10am. We believe this is because most of the shops do not own until 10am. There is a lovely long pier to walk down and a delightful coffee shop at the end who made us a lovely cup of cappuccino. There are boats in the marina and bars and restaurants along the front. The best moment of all was the little penguin reserve behind the coffee shop. We walked over and saw a little penguin there in the rocks! We had to be very quiet so as not to scare him but we were thrilled to see him. Near the beach are shops and the theatre as well as Luna amusement park. St Kilda beach is delightful and really worth a visit.

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