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Loving where you live....

When you visit Port Melbourne, Princes Pier is where you end up.

When you live in Port Melbourne you seriously cannot get enough of the angles of photos from this amazing pier.

We have lived in Port Melbourne for over 7 years now and I never get sick of walking this short walk to the Princes Pier.

There is always something different happening. Yachts, ships, people rollerblading, riding, walking, fishing, taking photos and just people strolling.

The history is also very special.

The pier was constructed between 1912 and 1915

From completion in 1915 until 1969 it was also a major arrival point for new migrants, particularly during the post-war period.

In addition to a pier, there was a gatehouse and barriers, terminal building, amenities rooms, goods lockers, ablution blocks, railway siding and passenger gangways.

From opening the pier was linked by rail to the Port Melbourne railway line. Eight railway tracks ran onto the bridge, four along either side.

A passenger rail service was provided to the pier after 30 May 1921 operated by suburban railway trains. The service ended in November 1930, because it was not financially rewarding for the Victorian railways.

The overhead wiring was removed on 17 August 1953.

The pier became unused and was closed to public access in the early 1990s due to the poor timber condition.

Squatters caused a fire in the late 1990s that destroyed the store structures. In the three years to 2004, 14 fires occurred.

A refurbishment, estimated to cost $14 million, was announced by the State Government in April 2006, with the first 196 metres of the pier to be fully restored. Beyond that point, the decking was removed and the original pylons preserved.

A full restoration was estimated to cost $60 million. A contract for the work was awarded in June 2007, and work began in October of the same year.

The refurbished section of the pier reopened to the public in December 2011.

It is wonderful that we can still enjoy this very special pier and read about our Pier's very colourful history.

We love, love it so much.


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