St Kilda Pier & Breakwater

The panoramic views of Melbourne city and Port Phillip has made St Kilda Pier a Melbourne landmark and a popular place to stroll and fish since the 1950s.  Featuring the historic St Kilda Pier Kiosk, first built in 1904 and rebuilt after it was destroyed by fire in 2003, and with barbeques, picnic areas and playground nearby, day and night St Kilda Pier symbolises the seaside fun, relaxation and romance of St Kilda.  

The St Kilda breakwater was constructed in the mid-1950s primarily to host yachting events for the 1956 Olympic Games. 

One of its best kept secrets is a colony of about 1,000 Little Penguins which has made its home there since 1974.  This remarkable Melbourne home, unique to St Kilda, is the only confirmed breeding site for Little Penguins that is directly attached to the Australian mainland.  Leaving their burrows before sunrise and returning after sunset, our Little Penguins spend their days in the bay feeding on small fish like pilchard and anchovies.

Native Water Rats (Rakali) are also local residents and can sometimes be seen among the rocks or swimming nearby.

Both are protected native species, so please observe the “house rules” when visiting – do not handle, use flash photography, take dogs or leave rubbish – and help our littlest locals thrive.

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