St Kilda Pier, Melbourne

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#8 of 49 in Parks in Melbourne
The St Kilda Pavilion is a historic kiosk located at the end of St Kilda Pier, in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. The kiosk was designed by James Charles Morell and built in 1904 by John W. Douglas. The kiosk was proposed and operated by Francis Parer. Until the 1930s the structure was widely known as Parer's Pavilion; however, its actual name was the Austral Refreshment Rooms. In the 1930s it was renamed Kerby's Kiosk. The Kerby family were involved with running the kiosk from 1934 until 1987. Noble and Ivy Kerby acquired the lease from the Victorian Government in 1939. From 1987 until 2003 the kiosk was leased and operated by Joe Sillitoe, then Carmel Grant.On 11 September 2003 the structure was destroyed in an arson attack.After massive public support to rebuild the kiosk and the support of Premier Steve Bracks, it was reconstructed to the original 1903 plans, utilising some of the salvaged components, such as the cast iron roof, decorative cresting and weather vane. An additional structure, expanding the capacity was erected directly behind the kiosk and is obscured by the pavilion when viewed from the pier.The Pavilion is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.The kiosk reopened in March 2006. The site is owned by Parks Victoria and is leased to Peter Tzambazis.
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  • Well it is just another pier, basically! If you are fortunate enough, You might be able to see penguins nearby the pier. I was a lucky guy as well as my kids! If you are not seeking to see penguins, t...  more »
  • The view at St Kilda Pier is awesome. This is a good place for photo. Enjoy a coffee at the cafe there. Outside seat can enjoy the view but also very windy, better to wear jacket. I saw some penguins ...  more »
  • We went here to see the lovely small penguins that were swimming ashore as it got dark and even though it was perishing cold, we saw one swim ashore There were many people there and also volunteers fr...  more »
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  • Better come here with public transportation. Great view of sunset, clean and beautiful yet windy beach. Penguins is one of the highlights. They might come say Hi to you and hang out on the rock like no one is watching. Taking pictures without flash is allowed. There will be always people with green jacket floating around making sure everyone is stick to the rules.
  • Love St Kilda Pier With romantic views of the bay and city, the historical and iconic St Kilda Pier is a beautiful and relaxing place. It's a great location for walking, walking the pooch, taking the baby for a stroll, jogging, bicycle riding, dining, fishing and sailing, and even watching Little Blue fairy penguins in their natural habitat. It's also a perfect location for taking photographs. Highly recommended.
  • Little penguins live behind the St Kilda Pier Kiosk. Free to check out. Best time to see them is sunrise or sunset. Snacks and dining options available in the Kiosk. It’s surrounded by history information stands and local fishermen. One of my favourite visiting spots to take friends and family when they come to Melbourne.
  • Amazing view from this pier at Sunset. I am going to add to the photos as the colours over the water as the sun goes down are beautiful. So glad that I got to enjoy a romantic walk down this pier with my gorgeous partner at this time of day. We didn't see any penguins, there were too many people around. Probably making too much noise.
  • Beautiful opportunity to see a penguin colony in the wild. Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who help tourists view them with the least disturbance to their habitat.

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