Wednesday, May 18, 2016

St Kilda Pier, VIC

St Kilda Pier has been the centre of recreational activity in St Kilda since the 1850's. Both the old shed at the pier entrance and the pavilion at the end are part of Victoria's heritage. Providing panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline and Port Phillip Bay, the pier is a popular destination for strolling, cycling, roller blading and fishing.





St Kilda Pier's history dates back to 1853 when the St Kilda Pier and Jetty Company constructed a wooden jetty to assist the early settlers in unloading timber, building materials and firewood to St Kilda. Not long after its construction the small jetty fell victim to a stormy Port Phillip Bay and was washed away. Various forms of piers were constructed at St Kilda in the 1800's as the demand for a larger pier grew with the ever-increasing trade to and from the area. Since then the St Kilda Pier has grown to its present size, with the most recent concrete section constructed in the 1970's.



The historic St Kilda Pier Kiosk was built in 1904 and has undergone several renovations in its time. Tragically, the Kiosk was devastated by fire on September 11, 2003. After massive public support to rebuild the kiosk, 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.




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16 comments:

CountryMouse said...

The kiosk looks like it was definitely worth being rebuilt. What a gorgeous spot to explore. Great captures, I particularly like the view across the water with all the boats in the background.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, pretty views of the sky and pier! Great captures! Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

Bob Bushell said...

What a beautiful place, the images are outstanding.

Graham Edwards said...

Beautiful but a far cry from Scotland's St Kilda. Just for the record there never was a saint called Kilda. It was simply the name given to the Hebridean Islands.

Photo(Geo)grapher said...

Beautiful blue colour of the sky :-)

Su-sieee! Mac said...

What a beautiful place. It would be fun to ride a bike along the pier.
Take 25 to Hollister

The Furry Gnome said...

As soon as I saw your title I realized - it's the new St. Kilda, the one in Australia! We found the original St. Kilda in Scotland a fascinating place to visit. I'm going to check where the new one is in Austarlia.

ladyfi said...

Those blues are stunning!

LV said...

Lots of pretty blue skies in your area.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful view down the pier. thank you, liz!

Pat Tillett said...

Thanks for both the beautiful photos and interesting history of this place.

Ida said...

The shots of the Pier are wonderful. I can see why people enjoy going there.

Lisa Kerner said...

The leading lines in these shots are incredible Liz. I always love learning the history of a place, it really brings it to life. Thanks for sharing this at Life Thru the Lens.

Lisa @ LTTL

Tomoko said...

Such clear blue skies! I feel gentle wind from the beach.

Brian King said...

That's gorgeous! I envy your beautiful coastal views!

Michael S-B said...

Wonderful photos and great story! I don't know why, after all these years I have never walked on that pier. xoxo

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