Railway Pier, 1870 – 80

With the discovery of gold in the 1850s, Victoria’s population exploded. Thousands of hopefuls came pouring into Melbourne. The previous system of ferrying people and goods upriver or sending them overland from ships anchored in Hobsons Bay was now completely inadequate. So the Melbourne and Hobsons Bay Railway Company conceived the idea of a new pier with a railway line to town.

  1. 1850s – 1890s

  2. 1910s

  3. 1920s – 1930s

  4. 1940s – 1970s

  5. 1980s – today

While the late 1970s saw the end of its role as a port for migrant ships, Station Pier still welcomes thousands of passengers to Melbourne. It is the city’s main terminal for international cruise ships and the home of the Spirit of Tasmania ferry. It also continues to be an ongoing symbol for the immigrants who arrived there.

  1. 1985

    The TT (Trans Tasman Line) opens a new Bass Strait ferry terminal at Station Pier.

  2. 1987

    The train line to Port Melbourne is converted to light rail, becoming part of Melbourne’s tram system.

  3. 1995

    Station Pier is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

  4. Today

    Station Pier is still Melbourne’s main passenger shipping terminal receiving more overseas visitors than ever before.

    Cruise ships at Station Pier, 2000.
    Cruise ships at Station Pier, 2000.
    Source: Port of Melblourne Corporation