Portarlington is still refreshingly untouched with a coastline that alternates between photogenic escarpments and clean beaches, many with hardly a footprint.
There are numerous attractions in and around Portarlington for all age groups. If you like walking; Portarlington is suitable for those who like to stroll along the foreshore, and venture out onto the Pier to purchase freshly farmed mussels. For the more active walker you can step out and walk east to St Leonard?s along the path, or go west to Point Richards where you can see Pelicans at play.
As you stroll along the foreshore by the Fairfax Street boat ramp you can see evidence of the aboriginal shell middens firmly imbedded in the cliff face.
Portarlington Art and Garden Trail please refer to the News Page for information and to download the map.
East of the Pier.Takes about 30-40 minutes.
The entrance to the walk is just past the jetty and the Welcome to Portarlington board near the Pier. The track runs along the foreshore through the Caravan Park. You can continue past the Sailing Club, and Point Richards Boat Ramp to Rambler's Road and the water's edge.
You can continue walking further on the track or simply turn back to return to the start point. Or you can cross Boat Road and head into the Nature Reserve.This is a very family friendly walk away from traffic, along a quiet, flat, gravel path, with great views across Corio Bay to the You Yangs, remnant coastal wetland and bird life. Toilets located in the carpark.
Walk from the shopping centre to one of the highest points in the town, see traditional timber houses and modern mansions and enjoy a sunset looking over Corio Bay to the You Yangs. This is only a short walk of about an hour, but it is rather steep. Start outside the Ol' Duke hotel (1855), one of the town's original hotel.
Walk up steep Harding St, past the picturesque RSL building (heritage listed, former National Bank) and the small memorial garden.
Across Fenwick St, past St Patrick's Hall (1942) a centre for community activities for many years, heritage listed and a National Celtic Festival venue.
At the intersection of Harding St and Smythe St cross the road with care. You have left the 19th and are now in the 21st century. These mansions are part of the Arlington Rise development.
Turn left into the development and proceed up the path to the pleasant small garden and viewing point. Enjoy the view. Return to Newcombe St.
Formed in September 1969, the club has grown over the years with a sailing fleet of Monohulls, Multihulls and Trailable Yachts which compete in club racing every Sunday afternoon from September to May/June.
We are a family oriented club with a small playground for the kids and a great club house.
New members and visitors are most welcome.
History of the club.
The Club was formed on the 14th September 1969 at a public meeting held at the Portarlington Football Club rooms and was first known as the Portarlington Aquatic and Sailing Club. The word "Aquatic" was dropped in 1972 leaving us with "Portarlington Sailing Club"
The club had two previous sites along the Portarlington foreshore before moving to the present location in 1972. The first site was east of the Portarlington township at Seal Rocks. The second location was at the Portarlington Pier, and the final resting place is at Pt Richards Portarlington.
Club Members were responsible for the building of the club rooms which started with the double garage in 1975, and then the rest of the two story building grew from there. Members spent many weekends and organised working bees in the building of the club rooms. The club house was completed in 1981.Being quite isolated in the early years, the Foreshore / Caravan Park has now grown to be one of the largest Foreshore / Caravan Parks in Victoria, and which now surrounds the back of the Club. Members are proud of the reputation the club has built over the years in hosting The Portarlington Channels Race for Trailable Yachts, State and National Titles for monohulls, multihulls and trailable yachts. The Club provides races for local sailors and social activities for their families. Organised racing is held at the club every Sunday from September to April. Take a look at our years sailing program. Come and enjoy the pleasures of sailing at Portarlington Sailing Club Inc. Point Richards Rd Portarlington.
Portarlington hosts many professional cycling events that are held in the warmer months with competitors coming from all over the world to compete.
For the recreational cyclist there are 24 kilometres of track along the foreshore from Portarlington to St Leonards. Cycling can be for all the family. The track is fairly flat, with numerous vantage points along the way. Stop at Indented Head and view the wreck of the Ozone, once a famous paddle steamer. Enjoy a coffee and snack at the Indented Head Store. Continue along towards St Leonards, enjoy fish and chips or venture into the hotel for a counter lunch. Those who are familiar with the television series; "Sea Change" will recognize the hotel.
Portarlington History Walk
This walk is designed for all abilities and can be discontinued at anytime. 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
Point Richards Flora and Fauna Reserve is dedicated to the conservation of indigenous plants and wildlife. Originally allocated for the conservation of Southern Brown Bandicoots, this 62-hectare reserve now represents one of the largest areas of native bushland and ephemeral wetlands on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Point Richards Nature Walk
Bellarine Bayside together with the Friends of Point Richards have prepared a set of self-guided walks so anyone can walk through significant areas of this wonderful reserve
With approximately 20 kilometres of walking along the coast, walkers of all ages are able to venture out in all weathers. To the left of the Pier is a flat track that allows you to wander at your own pace. It takes you through the caravan park down to the Point Richards Boat Ramp.
Parts of this this track is also wheelchair friendly, and suitable for bicycles. If you are on foot continue on past the ramp along Ramblers Walk. For bird lovers keep a look out for the many different species of birds who make the migratory passage from the north.
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.
The Portarlington Neighbourhood House has a small group that sets out every Thursday morning for an hours walk. The destination is decided on the day. Afterwards stay and have a coffee and a chat.
For more information phone 5259 2290.
The area is ideal for pole walking. Springdale Neighbourhood house located in Drysdale has a group that meet regularly and travel to different locations around the Peninsula.
Gallery 3 Zero
30 Geelong Road, Portarlington
The Bellarine Peninsula is renowned for the unique and diverse population of artisans working in all mediums. Visit the gallery and enjoy the display of artworks for sale by talented, creative art by local and regional potters, sculptures and artists working with clay, wood, textiles, watercolour and oils.
A visit to the gallery is a must as displays change monthly. Open every Monday, Thursday and weekends, other times by appointment.
During the summer months there are endless places to swim along the foreshore. A favourite spot is to the west of the Pier that is mainly a sandy beach with trees for protection from the sun. If you want an even safer place then east of the Pier is suitable for all. On a clear day keep an eye out for schools of Dolphins.
Please note there is no personal watercraft (Jetskis) permitted in these areas. There are other swimming spots all along the foreshore to St Leonards.
Fishing is important to Portarlington, once the scallop industry of Victoria, now it is known as the Mussel capital with mussel beds visible from the Esplanade. You will always see a number of fishing vessels tied up at the pier, or the weekend fisherman casting line from the pier.
If you enjoy Squid the head down to the St Leonard?s Pier Portarlington has a large recreation reserve, which has camping and caravan facilities as well as permanent units.
During summer you can venture out on a chartered boat trip with friends. This can be organised with the skipper down at the Pier. If you wish to hire you own boat then venture down to Indented Head. Just opposite the general store there is a boat hire shed. Here you can hire by the hour, and local knowledge will ensure you that you know where the fish are. Even better is that Rod will clean the fish for you.
There is an 18-hole golf course. at Portarlington that offers many a challenge for the golfer. After a few holes with friends have a drink at the 19th hole. If it?s getting onto the evening then why not enjoy a meal in the bistro.