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Port Phillip

Tasmanian Blenny
from Victorian-Parks
 
Trident Goby
from Victorian-Parks
 
Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator)
from Andrew Morrison
 
Pylon 84 lying on the foreshore
from Daniel
 
Pylon
from Daniel
 
Callogobius mucosus
from Victorian-Parks
 
Zebrafish Schools
from Parks Victoria
 
Nudibranch - Phyllodesmium serratum
from Parks Victoria
 
Spotted Pipefish
from Parks Victoria
 
Limestone Reef Platform
from Parks Victoria
 
Old Wife fish
from Parks Victoria
 
Smooth Stingray
from Parks Victoria
 
Biscuit Star
from Parks Victoria
 
Sharks are regular visitors
from Parks Victoria
 
Vibrant colours
from Parks Victoria
 
Leatherjacket
from Parks Victoria
 
Nudibranch - Dendrodoris nigra
from Parks Victoria
 
Juvenile Zebra fish
from Parks Victoria
 
View of safe harbour
from Parks Victoria
 
Sap-sucking Sea Slug
from Victorian-Parks
 
Clarrie's Hermit Crab
from Victorian-Parks
 
Red-handed Shrimp
from Victorian-Parks
 
Zebrafish 
from Victorian-Parks
 
Kerferd Pier
from Parks Victoria
 
Point Lonsdale Pier
from Travellers Travel Photobook
 
Seaford Pier - April '17
from Thomas Weichert
 
Dusky Morwong
from Victorian-Parks
 
Golden Rays
from www.gowildimages.com
 
Breakwater view over the bay
from Parks Victoria
 
Entrance to St Kilda Pier
from Parks Victoria
 
Penguin viewing rules
from Parks Victoria
 
Little Penguin
from Parks Victoria
 
St Kilda Pier
from Parks Victoria
 
Marina
from Parks Victoria
 
Breakwater rules
from Parks Victoria
 
Penguin colony boardwalk
from Parks Victoria
 
Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary
from Victorian-Parks
 
Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary
from Victorian-Parks
 
Stingaree 
from Victorian-Parks
 
Nudibranch
from Victorian-Parks
 
Fishing on the iconic St Kilda pier
from Parks Victoria
 
Penguin colony viewing boardwalk
from Parks Victoria
 
Kiosk in a unique Melbourne Location
from Parks Victoria
 
Wobbegong
from Victorian-Parks
 
Rye’s star attraction
from Victorian-Parks
 
Octopus
from Victorian-Parks
 
Nudibranch
from Victorian-Parks
 
Flathead
from Victorian-Parks
 
Nesting Gannets
from Parks Victoria
 
Popes Eye
from Parks Victoria
 
Popes Eye nesting gannets Nov14
from Parks Victoria
 
Waves crash over the pier
Waves crash over the pier
from Parks Victoria
 
Beach South of Frankston Pier
from Parks Victoria
 
Black Swans at Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuar
from Parks Victoria
 
Sea Search Intertidal Monitoring with Marine
from Parks Victoria
 
Sea Search Intertidal Monitoring with Marine
from Parks Victoria
 
Junior Rangers at Ricketts Point!
from Parks Victoria
 
Rockpool Rambling at Ricketts Point Marine Sa
from Parks Victoria
 
South Channel Pile Light
from Parks Victoria
 
Australian Pied Cormorant
from Simon Cox
 
Arthurs Seat From Dromana Pier
from Simon Cox
 
st kilda pier harbour
from John Torcasio
 
Point Lonsdale Jetty
from John Torcasio
 
Queenscliff Harbour
from John Torcasio
 
Queenscliff Pier
from John Torcasio
 
Ferrie at Qweensciff
from John Torcasio
 
Seaford Pier, January 2013 (Photo: Elizabeth
from Parks Victoria
 
Mordialloc Pier, January 2013 (Photo: Elizabe
from Parks Victoria
 
Mordialloc Pier, January 2013 (Photo: Elizabe
from Parks Victoria
 
Sandringham Jetty, January 2013 (Photo: Eliza
from Parks Victoria
 
Sandringham Jetty, January 2013 (Photo:Elizab
from Parks Victoria
 
Frankston Pier, January 2013 (Photo: Elizabet
from Parks Victoria
 
Brighton Pier, January 2013 (Photo: Elizabeth
from Parks Victoria
 
Brighton Pier, January 2013 (Photo: Elizabeth
from Parks Victoria
 
Blakc Rock Jetty, February 2013 (Photo: Eliza
from Parks Victoria
 
Black Rock Jetty , February 2013 (Photo: Eliz
from Parks Victoria
 
The view of Mornington Pier from near the Esp
from Parks Victoria
 
Mornington Pier, February 2013 (Photo: James
from Parks Victoria
 
Dromana Pier, February 2013 (Photo: James Cor
from Parks Victoria
 
Dromana Pier, February 2013 (Photo: James Cor
from Parks Victoria
 
The Pylons of Rye Pier, February 2013 (Photo:
from Parks Victoria
 
Biscuit Star underneath Rye Pier, February 20
from Parks Victoria
 
Seahorse hanging on underneath Rye Pier, Febr
from Parks Victoria
 
Rye Pier, February 2013 (Photo: James Cordwel
from Parks Victoria
 
An early morning on Sorrento Pier, February 2
from Parks Victoria
 
Sorrento Pier and its Historic Shed, January
from Parks Victoria
 
Sorrento Pier, January 2013 (Photo: James Cor
from Parks Victoria
 
Portsea Pier, January 2013 (Photo: James Cord
from Parks Victoria
 
Dromana Pier
from Parks Victoria
 
Urchin (photo: Julian Finn)
from Parks Victoria
 
Goby (photo: Julian Finn)
from Parks Victoria
 
Ascidian (photo: Julian Finn)
from Parks Victoria
 
Anemone (photo: Julian Finn)
from Parks Victoria
 
Algae and Urchins (photo: Julian Finn)
from Parks Victoria
 
Red Anemone (photo: Jen Hoskins)
from Parks Victoria
 
Point Cooke (photo: Mark Rodrigue)
from Parks Victoria
 
Golfball sponge
from Parks Victoria
 
Blubber Jellyfish (photo: Andrew Christie)
from Parks Victoria
 
Southern Biscuit Star
from Parks Victoria
 
Nudibranch (photo: Sandy Webb)
from Parks Victoria
 
Jellyfish (photo: Emily Matheson)
from Parks Victoria
 
Pelican (photo: Mark Rodrigue)
from Parks Victoria
 
Senator Wrasse (photo: Julian Finn)
from Parks Victoria
 
Sea Star (photo: Jonathan Stevenson)
from Parks Victoria
 
Scenery (photo: Mark Rodrigue)
from Parks Victoria
 
Hydroids (photo: Don Love)
from Parks Victoria
 
Lighthouse (photo: Don Love)
from Parks Victoria
 
Port Jackson Shark (photo: Amelia Fowles)
from Parks Victoria
 
Blue Ring Octopus (photo: Don Love)
from Parks Victoria
 
Australasian Gannets (photo: Jonathan Stevens
from Parks Victoria
 
Scenery
from Parks Victoria
 
Point Lonsdale Pier and Lighthouse
from Parks Victoria
 
Point Lonsdale Pier
from Parks Victoria
 
Queenscliff Pier and seagulls
from Parks Victoria
 
Williamstown boat
from Parks Victoria
 
Williamstown
from Parks Victoria
 
St Kilda Pier kiosk
from Parks Victoria
 
Sorrento Pier
from Parks Victoria
 
Rye Pier sunset
from Parks Victoria
 
Rye Pier
from Parks Victoria
 
Rosebud Pier
from Parks Victoria
 
Ricketts Point rock pools
from Parks Victoria
 
Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary
from Parks Victoria
 
Fishing from Mornington Pier
from Parks Victoria
 
Portsea Pier
from Parks Victoria
 
Snorkelling under Portsea Pier
from Parks Victoria
 
Frankston Pier
from Parks Victoria
 
Fishing from Frankston Pier
from Parks Victoria
 
Dromana Pier
from Parks Victoria
 
Diving with the seals
from Parks Victoria
 
Swan Bay
from Parks Victoria
 
Swan Bay
from Parks Victoria
 
Point Nepean
from Parks Victoria
 
The Weedy Seadragon (photo: Bill Boyle)
from Parks Victoria
 
Point Lonsdale
from Parks Victoria
 
Point Lonsdale
from Parks Victoria
 
Diving at Pope's Eye
from Parks Victoria
 
Australasian Gannets
from Parks Victoria
 
Seaford @ Sunset
from Parks Victoria
 
Summer sunset
from Parks Victoria
 
St Kilda Pier
from Parks Victoria
 
View of the city
from Parks Victoria
 

Change of conditions

Add change of condition
  • A section of the Mornington Pier is closed for public safety until further notice due to storm damage. The majority of the pier remains accessible to visitors, including the lower landing. at Mornington Pier and Jetty, Monday 16 April, 2018
  • There are currently no moorings available. at Werribee Mooring Area, Wednesday 4 April, 2018
  • One of the piles from Altona Pier has been dislodged. This pile had been located between cross-heads and its removal does not impact the load-bearing capacity of the pier. Altona Pier is structurally safe and remains open for pedestrian use. at Altona Pier, Thursday 11 January, 2018
  • Due to storm damage the water under and around the pier is closed to diving and swimming. Following minor works to the jetty structure the upper deck and low landing of the pier are now open allowing for pedestrian and fishing access. Parks Victoria is continuing to progress the planning for future storm recovery works associated with the pier wave screens. at Mornington Pier and Jetty, Thursday 2 November, 2017
  • A section of Kerferd Road Pier is in very poor condition and has been deemed unsafe for ongoing use in its current condition. The outer 125m section of pier will be closed to the public from Wednesday 1 November 2017 until further notice. Kerferd Road Pier is a heritage structure and will be restored appropriately. at Kerferd Road and Lagoon Piers, Wednesday 1 November, 2017
  • A small section at the end of Seaford Pier is closed for public safety due to a damaged pile. The closure will remain in place until the structure is made safe for public access. at Seaford Pier, Friday 9 June, 2017

Park Statistics

  • Surface area:1,930km2
  • Average depth:8m
Barbeque
Bird watching
Cafes/restaurants
Canoeing
Cycling
Dog walking
Fishing
Jogging
Picnicking
Playground
Sailboarding
Scenic drive
Short walk
Sight-seeing
Snorkelling/SCUBA Diving
Surfing
Swimming
Water skiing
Yachting/Sailing

Covering 1,930 square kilometres, Port Phillip is the entrance to Australia's busiest port and is one of Victoria's most popular recreational destinations. Although Port Phillip is commonly referred to as ‘the Bay’ or ‘Port Phillip Bay’, Port Phillip is actually not a bay at all. It’s a local port area that is actually made up of over 16 bays.

Every year millions of people enjoy its vast coastline, world-class swimming beaches and coastal parks. An entirely different perspective however is available to those who explore Port Phillip by boat. Island, shipwrecks and marine reserves dot Port Phillip, while scuba diving and fishing reveal the colourful diversity of Port Phillip's marine life.

Over 3.2 million people live around its shore, making Port Phillip Australia's most densely populated catchment. Port Phillip is a large expanse of water that is surprisingly shallow in many places. Nearly half of Port Phillip is less than 8 metres deep. Its greatest depth is 24 metres.

Studies show that Port Phillip is a dynamic and self sustaining ecosystem which is healthier and cleaner than comparable bays near large cities. The shallowness of the water aids aeration and the many marine plants and organisms keep Port Phillip in good condition.

Aboriginal Traditional Owners

Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria

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