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Culture and heritage

Port Phillip's piers, jetties, islands and marine reserves have a rich history of settlement, recreation, fishing and defence for Victoria. Long before the network of roads grew around the perimeter, people traversed Port Phillip by steam and sail. Shipwrecks date from the early days of settlement and development.

Port Phillip's piers and jetties, many of which have been extended and rebuilt since their construction in the 1860s to 1890s, have been integral for travel and trade. Piers, such as those at Queenscliff and Portarlington, were used by paddle steamers in the days of early recreation.

The piers were also used to transport a range of materials, including timber and lime, from the Mornington Peninsula to Melbourne.