The Suburb of Altona is located 13km South West of Melbourne CBD. Altona Pier and the beach are magnet for large crowds of holiday makers at weekends. Altona still maintains a village charm and the Pier adds to its beauty as a seaside town. The expansive white sands of the beach and the rather mellowed waves adds to the feeling of safety, which explains the high number of playful little children at the beach.
The Pier is located at the intersection of the Esplanade and Pier Street . The Altona Pier was built by Altona Bay estate company in 1888, to enable it to dispose of land brought for speculation. It was used at one time by Altona Brown Coal Mine.
Newspaper reports of early 1900’s provides interesting information about the Pier. “Sunshine Advocate” reported on 22nd November 1924, which reads, “There is a fine pier established at Altona which gives a proper seaside perspective to the place, besides providing a popular boulevard for residents in their leisure hours.”
In the 1930’s the safety of the Pier became a serious concern for the locals with many of the piles of the pier missing. The Werribee Council was unable to find funds to recondition the Pier and the locals hoped that it would be taken over by the Government. On 31st March 1932, “Werribee Shire Banner “published an interesting article about the outcome such negotiations and it reads,
“ A pier that nobody owns and nobody wants is causing perturbations to residents of Altona and Werribee Shire Council who waited upon Minister of Works, Mr Kiernan, last week and offered it to the Government. In polite but exceedingly firm language the minister made it clear that the Government was not in the market for bridges of dubious ancestry and shaky health. “
In 1949, the Pier was repaired and renovated.
At the road end of the pier is a sculpture named ‘Seaborn’ which is a group of figures of weedy sea dragon, The Shell, Leather Jackets, Giant Cuttlefish and Reef Crab, commissioned by Hobson Bay Council as part of Hobson Bay trail interpretation. But Sea dragon is missing from the stand it once stood.
Address: Esplanade, Altona VIC 3018
What you can do here: Play or just relax at the Beach, Fishing at the Pier, Visit the Homestead nearby, Visit the Truganina Coastal Parkland nearby