St Kilda Pier and Breakwater

St Kilda Pier and Breakwater

St Kilda Pier and Breakwater


St Kilda Pier and Breakwater

St Kilda Pier and Breakwater sits within an Aboriginal cultural landscape. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

Offering panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline and Port Phillip Bay, St Kilda Pier and the Breakwater is a popular destination for a stroll and fishing. St Kilda Pier has nearby barbecues, picnic and playground facilities, or you can enjoy a snack from the restored heritage kiosk.

St Kilda Pier dates back to the mid 1800’s as an early working jetty. The breakwater was later constructed for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, as a safe harbour for sailing events. You may notice the star tower at the end of the Breakwater, still in use to this day.

The St Kilda Ferry departs from St Kilda Pier at the lower-landing area near at the start of the pier. The popular ferry travels between St Kilda Pier, Gem Pier in Williamstown, and Station Pier in Port Melbourne. Bookings are recommended. The ferry timetable can be found at

Visitors should be aware we do not provide bins on the pier or breakwater and all litter must be taken home. Additionally, jumping and diving off the pier and other structures is prohibited for public safety, due to shallow areas and often unexpected submerged objects. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. Alcohol possession and consumption is prohibited on St Kilda Pier and Breakwater.

Things to do


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.
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 restuaurant is aptly named Little Blue, as it is the only Melbourne venue fully surrounded by Port Phillip.
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 mother and daughter linger at the end of a pier on the Mallacoota Inlet

Piers and jetties

Stroll along coastal piers and jetties or cast a line and fish at popular catchment areas in Port Phillip and Western Port.

St Kilda Pier and Breakwater

This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:

Little Penguins

Tours in the area

Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.

If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.

Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.

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How to get there

St Kilda Pier and Breakwater

Trams 12, 16 and 96 stop at St Kilda Pier and these routes can be caught from Melbourne CBD . Alternatively, a train to Balaclava station and a short trip on the number 16 tram will get you there. The 606 bus, between Elsternwick Station and Fisherman's Bend (Port Melbourne), also stops at St Kilda Pier. Visit Public Transport Victoria for more information. St Kilda Pier is found immediately off Jacka Boulevard and The Esplanade, St Kilda. Limited paid parking is available next to the Seabaths, or along main roads.

When to go

Bustling harbour activity with boats and plenty of sailing events.

Need to know

St Kilda Pier and Breakwater

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.

  • St Kilda Pier and Breakwater

    COVID-19 closures - penguin viewing platform

    In response to advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer about COVID-19, the pier remains open however, the penguin viewing platform is closed until further notice.  For more information, please visit

    St Kilda Pier redevelopment

    Following a $50.3 million investment from the State Government, work is underway to rebuild the iconic St Kilda Pier. Find out more

  • 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

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