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Gem Pier

Gem Pier stands as one of the most highly utilised piers in Port Phillip, with scenic views of the port and surrounding cityscape.

Things to see and do

Gem Pier is the perfect starting point for exploring early Victoria’s maritime history or many of Williamstown’s and Port Phillip's contemporary attractions.

The HMAS Castlemaine is permanently docked at Gem Pier. This minesweeper was launched in 1941 and saw active service in New Guinea and Northern Australia during WWII. Classed as a Heritage Honour Ship, the Castlemaine is now a floating museum and visitors can inspect a fascinating collection of nautical exhibits and memorabilia. The museum is open on weekends from 10am. Last admissions 4pm.

Williamstown is now known for it’s bustling cafes, art galleries and fine restaurants, so why not finish a perfect meal with a walk along Gem Pier to take in the spectacular cityscape that is Melbourne by night.

Daytime visitors may wish to visit Williamstown’s craft market held in the Commonwealth Reserve adjacent to Gem Pier from 10am to 4pm on the third Sunday of each month.

For a broader view of Port Phillip visitors may like to board a ferry at Gem Pier and cruise in style to Southgate.


Gem Pier can be accessed via Nelson Place Williamstown, and is adjacent to the Commonwealth Reserve. Melways ref: Map 56 E9

Gem Pier has nearby barbeque, picnic and playground facilities.