When I was young Geelong had a thriving industrial pier with large cargo vessels coming and going on a regular basis. The woolsheds that now house Deaken University were actually used as woolsheds. Rather than the ships making the pier out of bounds it was a very popular fishing destination with fishermen lining the sides 7 days a week.
You always had to be mindful that the ships moved in and out from the pier so never be in a position where you could be crushed. As a kid the exciting part of Cunningham Pier was the subterranean adventures we took. Underneath the pier was a plank walkway which we gained access by climbing over the edge of the pier. Here you could walk around just above the water and drop a line to catch an elusive Leatherjacket (fish – not a discarded clothing garment).
The other thing I did as I got older was spear fishing while snorkelling. I had picked up a wetsuit from a disposals store and purchased a second-hand (not preloved) spear gun. Never caught a fish – and I mean never. All I seemed to do was upset the fishermen on the pier above – that was probably the fun part.
Today the pier is purely for entertainment with dining and entertainment venues at the end but it sits on the Cunningham Pier I remember and there are still people fishing off the sides today. Who knows but maybe kids still play under the pier today.