St Kilda Pier Redevelopment

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

Once complete, the new pier design chosen by the community, will provide improved recreational space for more people to enjoy. The design will provide locals and tourists with a better place to watch the Little Penguins when they waddle back to their rock homes after sunset.
The rebuilt pier will feature:

  • public access for the community and visitors out onto the bay
  • views of St Kilda and the city skyline 
  • improved protection and viewing area for the Little Penguins
  • a wider disability compliant walkway, new toilets and tiered seating
  • preservation of the precinct’s heritage features 

    The pier will extend about 450 metres and will be built with a 50-year design life. 

Curved pier design, artist's impression (2017)

Project duration and key dates

- Detailed design 2020 (Tenders are open until March 27 2020 and can be submitted at Awarding of a contract is anticipated in April 2020.)
- Construction - Mid 2021 - Mid 2023
- Completion Mid to late 2023
- Deconstruction of the existing pier will commence following completion of the new pier with expected completion by the end of 2023.

Project funding

$50.3 million

Project Partner

Department of Transport

Key information

The pier is a much-loved symbol of St Kilda, with a curved design selected after an extensive community consultation process in 2017. 

The current pier is almost 50 years old and is reaching the end of its design life. In peak season, the pier hosts more than 6,000 visitors a day.

The new pier will measure about 450m in length and will be constructed from concrete and timber. It will be wide enough for emergency vehicles, separating pedestrians and vehicles and will be accessible for all abilities.

The penguins will be better protected as a result of this project, with a new viewing platform that will remove access by people to the breakwater – the home of the St Kilda Pier penguins, a colony of nearly 1,300 birds. We will ensure an impact mitigation plan is enforced to protect the safety of the penguins during the works. 


The current pier will remain open during construction of the new pier so visitors can continue to enjoy the area during this time. The old pier will be dismantled once the new pier is ready for public use.

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Places to see - St Kilda Pier

St Kilda Pier and Breakwater at Sunset as people gather to watch the penguins.


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