Lonely Planet review for Station Pier
Station Pier is Melbourne's main sea passenger terminal, and is where the Spirit of Tasmania, cruise ships and navy vessels dock. It has been in operation since 1854, and the first major railway in Australia ran from here to the city. It has great sentimental associations for many migrants who arrived by ship in the 1950s and 1960s, and for servicemen who used it during WWII. There has been significant development of the area over the last 10 years and there is now a gaggle of flash-looking restaurants built on and around the pier, as well as a marina.