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Princes Pier, Port Melbourne

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by Julie Powell (subscribe)
I am a graphic designer and photographer living in Melbourne, I love to explore in my own back yard, I love write and photograph about my adventures and places I visit. For more of my photos visit my blog
Published July 16th 2015
Great spot for photography
Princes Pier, Port Melbourne
Princes Pier, Port Melbourne

Front light - Beacon Cove
Front light - Beacon Cove
Port Melbourne is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, just 5 km south-west from Melbourne's Central Business District. Port Melbourne covers a large area, including Fishermans Bend, Garden City and Beacon Cove. Historically it was known as Sandridge and developed as the City's second port, linked to the nearby Melbourne CBD.

Port Melbourne used to be an industrial port, and has been subject to intense urban renewal over the past decade. As a result, Port Melbourne is a diverse and historic area, featuring industrial and port areas along the Yarra, but with many open parklands, bayside beaches, exclusive apartments and Bay Street's restaurants and cafes. It is a great area to explore, especially along the beach front.

There are 2 beacon lights (mini lighthouses) one just offshore between Station and Princess Pier and another inland in the Beacon Cove Housing Estate. The Rear light is still working and has become a welcoming sight to the residents of the stunning Housing Estate of Beacon Cove.

Rear Light - Beacon Cove
Rear Light - Beacon Cove
There is a lovely boardwalk between both piers (it extends beyond that as well) and if you walk to the end of Princes Pier is the remains of the old pier, truly a photographer's dream. Would be a great spot to photograph or just watch the sunset, especially in summer. I could just see a jazz band or some other live music set up on a balmy summer night here. Not sure if they do, but they should! I will head back here in summer and see the difference and if there is also any night time / evening entertainment.

Not far away is Bay Street with all the shops, restaurants and cafes, there is also Ackland Street in St. Kilda not that far away. This truly is lovely spot for an early morning or late evening stroll, even in winter if it is not too windy. It costs nothing to stroll the boardwalk and take in the sights, great vantage point for Melbourne City as well. When we were there, there were several photographers shooting portraits at Princes Pier, using the stunning backdrop of Melbourne at dusk.

Princes Pier, Port Melbourne
Princes Pier, Port Melbourne
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