There is no denying it, Melbourne is an exceptionally photogenic city - we are simply spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to get snap-happy. After some research I decided to see why Princes Pier constantly ranks as one of Melbourne's best photography hot spots.
Taking Beach Street up the beautiful Port Phillip coastline makes it easy to forget you're simply a stone's throw from the CBD. Past the imposing Station Pier, where the Spirit of Tasmania embarks and disembarks for Australia's nature-rich island state, is this historic Melbourne landmark.
Princes Pier was first constructed back in 1912 where it was known by its original name "New Railway Pier", it was later renamed after a visit from the Prince of Wales in 1920. The pier was once part of the Port Melbourne Railway Line, becoming the first solid ground that many families set foot on as they migrated to a new world of hope and opportunity.
After a spotted history and extensive fire damage in the 1990's, Princes Pier now consists of 196 metres of restored pier and 384 metres of preserved original pylons that appear to extend eternally into the deep blue bay. These pylons are inspiring to stare out across, letting the imagination run wild. A quick image search reveals just how creative some photographers have been with capturing this unique location.
Whilst I was not overly happy with the results of some attempted night photography, I came away with a balanced day shot and the impetus to come back another day to tackle this beautiful scene once more.
Find it: 2 Pier Street, Port Melbourne (MAP)