Lagoon Pier

Lagoon Pier in Port Melbourne, the most northerly major pier in Port Phillip Bay, has a lot of character. On the shore the white sand and the narrow wooden slats make for bright sun-filled photos with a casual earthy feel, but out on the water the deep blues and bright white railings can offer Serendipity clients a stronger marine feel. Brides and grooms can be photographed on the sand, sillhouetted against the sky at sunset with a view across the bay, or be photographed along the pier looking out over the water. At Serendipity Photography we perceive the sky and clouds as strong photographic assets, echoing your emotions and amplifying the power of this location. Shots at Lagoon Pier can form a magical and fresh part of your wedding album.

There are a few cafes over the road that are happy to accommodate bridal parties, which can be an oasis in a summer shoot. Close to Lagoon Pier is Bellezain, with a strong red wall that looks striking and modern in photos. Lagoon Pier has excellent views of the city, Station Pier, and The Spirit of Tasmania. Serendipity also likes photographing couples on the adjacent sand dunes, with wind in the marram grass and flowing into your veil.

 

For more there’s a virtual tour.

 

 

Lagoon Pier marks the entrance to a saltwater lagoon that once extended a mile inland. After the lagoon was filled in, local fishing families continued to shelter a boat fleet at Lagoon Pier and to operate a local fish market. Intensive housing development now occupies the site of this historic waterway.

The City of Port Philip once contained large industrial sites, particularly in Port Melbourne and South Melbourne. It even sustained a fishing fleet in earlier days. Generations of working people were raised in ‘Port’ and ‘South’, creating a strong ethos of individual resilience, independence and community spirit.

In 1803 Charles Grimes, the first European surveyor of Port Phillip, wrote in his log: ‘came to a salt lagoon about a mile long and a quarter of a mile wide…’ The jetty was once twice as wide as it is today and stood at the outlet of a lagoon that originally had stretched inland for over a mile. In the 1830’s the lagoon covered 22 acres and reached almost to the bay. It was later opened to the bay and dredged to create a boat harbour. The lagoon was filled in the 1920’s. Josephine Liardet McDonald whose family was the first to settle in Sandridge remembered walking to the lagoon to play and to catch water birds and fish.

After the lagoon disappeared, Port’s fishing families continued to maintain a boat fleet from Lagoon Pier and to operate a local fish market.

It is very hard now to imagine this the shoreline of a picturesque waterway rich in bird life. Since the 1980’s the former working community of Port Melbourne has become a magnet for thousands of new residents, with its strong assets of beach, a vibrant shopping and café culture, proximity to the CBD, desirable period housing stock, mature trees lining road cobblestoned roadways and landscaped parks and a selective and other schools forming a great range to nurture he children of the young urban professional residents. However as an old Port Melbourne resident reminds us: ‘The lagoon itself is still there. It’s under the road. The wharves and all are still there. All the piles and everything is still under the road. There’d be old boats and everything…old boats that were laying on the beach, that just got covered up by sand over the years.’

Lagoon Reserve was created on the lagoon after this portion ofthe lagoon was filled in the 1890’s. The view over the park gives you a feeling for the open space that was once a body of water with houses on the banks and an occasional fishermen’s pub. Ducks once swam where magpies now hunt for worms. In recent years the park has been landscaped with indigenous plants.

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