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 The friendly village across Port Phillip Bay




Bellarine Express...

Forget the train leave the car in the garage. 


Travel on the Bellarine Express.


This new ferry  commutes between Portarlington and Melbourne every day. This ferry has a cafe, bike storage and free Wi-Fi. Sit back, relax and let the world go by.There is a new pontoon to tie up in Portarlington, and a new terminal at Docklands. This makes it easier and quicker to catch it at either end. For timetable and other information contact (03) 9514 8959 between 7am – 8pm





Wine Wheels

Travelling across from Melbourne for a day, then phone ahead and book the bus that takes you on an adventure filled with eine, cider and food.

Visit some local wineries, enjoy lunch over looking beautiful

Port Phillip Bay before returning back to Portarlington for your return trip across the bay.


Phone 0477 007 502 or visit







Bella E-Bike Hire


Bella E-Bike Hire is a family business formed to provide electric bikes for hire on the Bellarine Peninsula.

The idea came about in 2016 when staying with a group of friends in a Tuscan farmhouse.  One of the highlights was hiring e-bikes to tour local mountain villages.

The power assist made riding in the hills easy and seeing the sights at a leisurely pace made us realise the potential of exploring by e-bike.

We sourced quality e-bikes to share the joy of e-bike exploring around the Bellarine.

We provide an end-to-end service to make your ride as hassle-free as possible. We bring the e-bikes to you and pick them up after your ride. As premium service we can carry you as well as the e-bike to your departure point or to your car or accommodation from the end of your ride. For more information contact:

Phone: 0439 285 825 Email:







Portarlington Mussel Festival, Saturday January 12, 2019 mrs mussel


Every year it gets better and better. Something for everyone. The weather did not deter many who attended the event in 2018. Its a community event, run by an army of volunteers. Entry fee is $2.00, with all money directed back into the community.  Please note: No Dogs.

Catch the ferry across the bay for a family fun filled day.  Stroll 100 metres to from the pier to start the activities.

All enquiries:







Venture Park Geelong on the Bellarine Peninsula.

Victoria's Biggest Theme Park!  Image result for adventure park geelong

For the Best Water Park Action this Summer!

Adventure Park is Victoria's biggest water theme park. The park contains many attractions such as numerous water slides and water playgrounds.

1249 Bellarine Hwy,

Wallington Geelong

Call (03) 5250 7200 Email:


The Range

This is not only for the golf nut.     The Driving Range at Curlewis Bellarine Peninsula

The Range has a fully operational cafe and bar that overlooks the indoor/outdoor driving bays. 

As well there is a lanscaped mini golf course that will have Tiger Woods pulling his hair out.

Weather permitting sit outside and enjoy a snack overlooking the beautiful vista thats on offer. Who knows you might be entertained by Wedge Tail Eagles.


Visit 1201 Portarlington Road Curlewis, w.

or phone 5251 1111 for more information.














North Bellarine Film Festival 



The inaugural North Bellarine Film Festival will be launched in November 2017 with four international films to be screened exclusively at the Potato Shed. The festival is being sponsored by the Portarlington Film Society and the Portarlington Neighbourhood House. It follows a successful trial event in 2016, a Celebration of Film, which was run by the Portarlington Film Society.

Other events will be held in conjunction with screening of the four films. This will include a symposium for film makers, displays of drones and virtual reality, a program of Australian short films and screening of a film for children.

All events will be held at venues across the North Bellarine Peninsula.

Various dates from the beginning of  November to the end of  November 2018.








Catching the Ferry from Melbourne 

On a perfect day why not travel from Melbourne to Portarlington on the Port Phillip Ferry. Organise your day and book a bus to a local winery for lunch, or just go on a winery tour

Locally owned and operated For The Love of Grape offers that personalised service. Pick up and drop off at the Pier is not a problem and they can cater for any group.


For more information phone 0408 388 332








Portarlington History Walk 

This walk is designed for all abilities. The complete walk around the town will take around 1 to one and a half hours with a few steep inclines. It highlight some of the history of the town and notes changes over time.  Please click here to download a copy. It may take sometime to download.  History Walk







Bellarine Belles Women's Bike Riding Group

Healthy Communities Team at Bellarine Community Health


The Bellarine Belles are a womens bike riding group who ride every Wednesday morning of the school term from Portarlington. The group has been formed to encourage more women to either take up or return to bike riding.

The group is led by a Bellarine Community Health volunteer who is an experienced female cyclist. New riders are welcomed into a friendly group where they are able to learn how to ride safely and get the most out of their bike.

For more information  

Please contact: Vicki Perrett 0425 802 116 or Claire Bower Healthy Communities Planner, 5258 6144 or



Portarlington Mussel Festival





 Port Phillip Ferries

The State Govt and the Ferry owners annouced that the service between Portarlington to Docklands will run for three years.People came from far and wide to hear the annoncement. Those lucky enough were able to have a free short trip. Now it is up to us to support it.

Visit the site below for regular updates and announcements. 


Port Phillip Ferries




 or phone 9514 8959











 Plan your cycle trip.

Recent comments from a very satisfied traveller, who after contacting Port Tourism wanting a relative hill free trip to Geelong.


We arrived on the ferry at noon from Docklands and rode around the beach trail to Indented Head and stopped at St Leonards for lunch.  The route we took then was Bluff Rd, Manifold Rd, Andersons Rd to the rail trail and followed that to South Geelong station.  There were some pot holes on the unmade roads but were easy to avoid.  We all had hybrid bikes which was better for the surfaces encountered than road bikes.  The steady rise in Andersons Rd was not a problem even for our weakest rider.  Total distance was 46km.

 You could feel confident to recommend this to others who want to avoid busy roads.   [Personally I?d have been comfortable on the road if it had a bike lane but I do not know which ones have them].

 Cost of the day was low ? apart from coffee/lunch it was ferry $12.50;  Myki [seniors] $6.50 includes V/Line and 2 x suburban trips.


The ferry ? it has to be great for the Bellarine.  





Fishing on the North Bellarine

With north facing beaches the North Bellarine for all types of fisherfolk. Whether it be casting a line on the Port Pier or tossing a jig at St Leonards for squid.

For those who are more adventureous why not head to Indented Head and hire a tinnie for either half a day of a whole day. Their is no boat licence required and full instructions and safety gear provided. Rod will alos tell you where the fish are biting Contact Beachlea Boat Hire on 0403 890 565.

Bay and offshore fishing.

Head over to Queenscliff for some deepsea fishing. Plan a half day event with family and friends. Rods, tackle and bait provided.  For more information contact Captain Dave on 0412 552 959 or email: impulse





Portarlington Street Sculpture.  Standing 1.2m high and made from of 6mm marine stainless steel, are two kelpie dogs with a ring on the collar where the public can tether their dogs! One of the dogs was named ?Lucky? by the local school children. The other dog bears the name of ?Mungo? named after a beloved kelpie owned by a past resident known for her passion for local history and environmental issues. The sculptures are a gift to the Portarlington community from the Port Arts Network.


Main Street Upgrade

Local residents and visitors alike have mixed views on the new streetscape now that it has been completed. However this is part of the bigger picture, and judging by what has happened over the holiday period the concept has achieved what it is set out to do-link the lane ways to the street and flow down to the beach. Of course there are those who are critical of losing car parking...12 in total. There are over 100 parks around the back with a very short stroll to the shops. The project now completed certainly has given the town a clean look and once the trees begin to grow and the Rotunda has more of a community feel with music and entertainment we should continue to be proud of our town.



The 100 year old Rotunda has finally been upgraded. The state of the building was a lot worse than first thought; hence we have steel beams to ensure that the old girl will remain for another 100 years. It is now managed by the Portarlington Community Information Booth Inc. and is a Community Information Centre.






Every town needs it, and we all welcome it. However what we don?t want is the rubbish that is left behind on the beach. Please take rubbish home with you, and don?t butt out in the sand. Portarlington is a dog friendly town and the locals pick up after their four legged friends. It is evident that during the peak holiday period many visitors do not pick up after their dogs. Please do so and keep the town and surrounds pristine for all.




Locomote Events

Locomote is a walkability action group on the Northern Bellarine. It is a local community group working to improve walkability in our coastal communities of Portarlington, Indented Head and St Leonards.

Locomote has developed Walking Maps for each of the townships in the 3223 postcode.

They are part of Victoria Walks which has ?Active transport? at the forefront of its strategy.  For more information and maps click on the link below.




Northern Bellarine Foreshore Master Plan.

This plan delivers the vision for the foreshore for future generations and will implement projects to protect our fragile coastline. Guided by community input the plan will outline what work will be required to manage the 17 kilometres of the foreshore. For more information contact

Steam Ship Edina.

The Edina has a very strong connection with Portarlington, having opened up the Bellarine Peninsula when there was limited road transport from Melbourne.  Local famers would bring home grown produce down to the Pier to be sold at the Melbourne markets.