The friendly village across Port Phillip Bay
Portarlington Art and Garden Trail
Sunday October 22, 2017. 10am – 4pm
Welcome to the sixth ‘Portarlington Art and Garden Trail’ organised by the Port Arts Network. To download map click here.
Again we offer a wide range of gardens and art studios for you and your friends to wander through and be inspired by. A number of our venues will be familiar to our frequent visitors but it has been two years since our last trail and gardens are constantly evolving. The venues are arranged in clusters for those who wish to walk or cycle parts of the trail. Read the corresponding descriptions and prioritise the venues you would like to visit as you will find it difficult to see them all.
Our local garden guru and bird expert, Wayne Long, will give a talk at 11 am at Venue 14 on vegetable gardening and composting, then at Venue 15 at 1pm on birds in the native garden. You are welcome to listen in and ask questions.
Our gardens have all been kindly opened by their owners to hopefully provide you with ideas that you can take back to your own homes. Portarlington also boasts a thriving art community and visual art is displayed and is for sale at a number of the venues. The Portarlington Neighbourhood House is displaying work by a number of its creative groups. While you are there enjoying coffee and cake, check out the huge range of classes and activities that are on offer.
Please note that we prefer not to have dogs brought on to our properties.
If you are a visitor to Portarlington, do take time to visit other venues in the town, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and purchase some fresh mussels from the pier. The Information Centre offers a self- guided history walk brochure (also produced by the Port Arts Network) pointing out various places of historic interest. The town walk takes approximately one hour.
This is a ‘Not For Profit’ event. Our venues will display a donation tin and your gold coin donation goes entirely towards our printing costs and is gratefully accepted. One donation is quite sufficient. You are not expected to donate at every venue.
We all hope you have a wonderful day.
The Port Arts Network welcomes feedback from our trail visitors. Please forward your comments to
firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 188 Portarlington 3223
Enjoy your day!!
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 17 November 2017 to 19 November 2017
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 Wine Tour
Free pick up from the Pier. Four local wineries welcome you to their cellar doors for a wine tasting with the Free courtesy bus. Pick up and drop off at the Portarlington ferry pier and town centre.
For more information contact 0490 074 494
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 email@example.com
The Portarlington Mussel Festival will be on the second Saturday in January 2018 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The festival is a fun filled day that now boasts a range of activities:
Tons of mussels will be sold on the day and all mussel sellers will be kept busy.
With 100 food and drink stalls, market stalls, great local musicians playing across five stages, roving entertainers for the kids, plus art shows, cooking demonstrations and local beer and wine tastings, it promises to be a great day out for the whole family!
And of course, MUSSELS
For more information visit: www.portmusselfestival.com
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.
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.
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 @pipeline.com.au
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 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 www.bbfcom.com.au
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.