Enjoy kiteboarding, paddle boarding and windsurfing in the a shared windsports zone to the west of the Pier, outlined by yellow special mark buoys and protected by the Breakwater. Recreational boaters should navigate carefully in this area and maintain a speed of 5 knots or less. To the east of the Pier is a Swimming only area. For more information about the different zones check our boating and swimming zones page.
Temporary berthing is found at the centre lower-landing for 30 minutes pick-up and drop-off only. The floating-pontoon toward the end of the pier and marina entrance has 48-hour unmanned casual berthing to the south, 4-hour unmanned casual berthing on the north, and 30-minute pick-up and drop-off on the eastern length of the arm.
The St Kilda Harbour precinct is home to the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS). The harbour is a vibrant, recreational boating destination that provides a great experience for tourists, local residents and recreational boaters alike. There are no re-fuelling facilities available at the harbour, with the nearest re-fuelling available at St Kilda Marina, just south of the harbour. The marina section of the harbour is privately leased and managed by the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, however, there is public pedestrian access during office hours. For berthing and marina enquiries, visit their website are www.rmys.com.au. The swing moorings are also managed by the RMYS (under authorisation by Parks Victoria), so please contact them for further information.
Things to do
St Kilda Pier and Breakwater
The Kiosk at St Kilda Pier
Piers and jetties
Boating and sailing
How to get there
Boating and St Kilda Harbour
When you're there
We hope you enjoy your visit, so please remember:
- Rubbish bins and receptacles are not provided on the pier or breakwater and all litter must be taken with you.
- 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.
St Kilda is a lot more than just a pier! Nearby Catani Gardens or the Botanical Gardens are unique and special places, and St Kilda's beaches are usually quick to fill up over the warmer months. Albert Park is also nearby, offering a beautiful lake, walks, golfing, and other recreational activities.
Nearby Fitzroy Street has a wealth of food and shopping choices to discover. Famous Luna Park is right around the corner, offering a day of fun for families and individuals with rides and a carnival-like atmosphere!
During your visit, you may be fortunate enough to spot a Rakali! The Rakali is a native water rat, found at some piers, jetties and other structures along the coastline of Port Phillip and our waterways. They appear at all times of the day, but are very shy creatures and are usually tucked into the dark corners of structures and flora. The Rakali are known to eat various marine life, such as fish and crustaceans. Like all Australian wildlife, you should not attempt to touch or handle the Rakali and keep a reasonable distance away.
Need to know
Boating and St Kilda Harbour
Visiting a park can be more of a challenge for people with disabilities, however, in Victoria there are a wide range of facilities to help people of all abilities enjoy our wonderful parks around the state.
Assistance dogs are welcome in Parks Victoria parks and reserves. Entry requirements apply for parks and reserves that are usually dog prohibited, such as national parks.
How we keep it special
Parks Victoria is the local port manager of Port Phillip, but a number of government departments and agencies share responsibility for our bays, rivers and ports.
Find out how we all look after this special place, including information about boating and swimming zones, moorings and berths, notices to mariners and more, from our Water management section.
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.
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Work is underway to rebuild the iconic St Kilda Pier. This is a significant project so some closures and disruptions applyThe St Kilda Pier redevelopment is a significant project, so disruptions, noise and closures are expected.The penguin viewing area and Pier Breakwater are closed. Penguin viewing will reopen following completion of the St Kilda Pier Redevelopment project.To keep up to date with the latest project information and impacts please sign up to the project mailing list via parks.vic.gov.au/projects/melbourne-region/st-kilda-pier-redevelopment
St Kilda Pier and Breakwater (St Kilda Pier and Breakwater, Local Port of Port Phillip)
St Kilda Pier outer public berths temporarily closedThe outer public berths at St Kilda Pier are temporarily closed from Saturday 17th December 2022, awaiting some minor repairs to the floating pontoon.