Jutting out over the bay, St Kilda Pier offers a smashing view of the Melbourne skyline, best seen at sunset. The Edwardian-style kiosk at the end of the pier is a replica of the original, which burnt down in 2003, a year short of its centenary. Coffee, milkshakes, ice cream and light meals are available. Behind the kiosk, the breakwater is home to a colony of little penguins. Visit at dusk, but if taking photos, don't use flash.

The breakwater was built in the 1950s as a safe harbour for boats competing in the Olympic Games.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby St Kilda, Elwood & Elsternwick attractions

1. St Kilda Foreshore

0.15 MILES

With a palm-fringed promenade, sandy beach and eclectic architecture, St Kilda’s seaside appeal lands somewhere between Brighton in England and Venice…

2. Linden New Art

0.38 MILES

Housed in a whitewashed, wrought-iron-clad 1870s mansion, Linden mainly champions new contemporary art by mid-career artists. The annual postcard show …

3. Luna Park

0.44 MILES

Luna Park opened in 1912 and still has an old-style amusement-park feel, with creepy Mr Moon’s gaping mouth swallowing you up as you enter. There’s a…

4. St Kilda Botanical Gardens

0.88 MILES

Taking pride of place on the southern side of the Barkly–Carlisle–Blessington Sts triangle, the Botanical Gardens are an unexpected haven from St Kilda's…

5. Jewish Museum of Australia

0.88 MILES

Interactive displays and timelines tell the history of Australia’s Jewish community from the earliest days of European settlement, while permanent…

6. Artists Lane

1.44 MILES

Running parallel to Chapel St is Artists Lane (Aerosol Alley to southsiders), a long bluestone alley splattered in street art. The project was initiated…

7. Albert Park Lake

1.45 MILES

Elegant black swans give their inimitable bottoms-up salute as you jog, cycle or walk the 5km perimeter of this artificial lake. Lakeside Dr was used as…

8. Elwood Beach


A short drive or a concerted foreshore walk will take you to this swimming beach. Usually less windswept, though often no less crowded, than St Kilda…