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A Day Trippers Guide to Portarlington

Escape to Portarlington for the day.  A day of fresh sea air, wide open spaces and friendly faces does wonder!  While you are there, be sure to check out these superb seaside suggestions… The beautiful bayside of Portarlington is nestled away on the Bellarine, surrounded by stunning coastlines and scenic settings.  Discover it all at…

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June 23, 2022

‘Must Do’ Family Weekend in Portarlington

Making Memories – ‘Must Do’ Family Weekend in Portarlington Portarlington, a true hidden gem in the Bellarine, is the perfect destination for a fun-filled weekend with the kids. And whatever their age, there’s an activity that is sure to please! DAY 1 DOUBLE SHOT LATTE! – (or perhaps an English Breakfast?!) Whatever your style, start…

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December 2, 2021

Flying Brick Bellarine Sunset Run

Flying Brick Bellarine Sunset Run February 12th 2022 Over our first 6 years, we’ve found the perfect way to combine some of life’s loves. Many families and friends have ventured to the Bellarine Peninsula to spend a weekend running, eating, drinking, smiling and laughing with friends and loved ones. Our family organised run is also…

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October 11, 2021

Short breaks in Portarlington

It doesn’t get much better than escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. Especially boarding the ferry for an overnight stay on the Bellarine. From luxury villa escapes, beachside or vineyard camping and everything in between, the charming seaside village of Portarlington has got you covered. Read on for a round-up of some top…

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July 8, 2021

A Post COVID Guide to Portarlington

If we’ve learnt anything over the past few months, it is that there is so much enjoyment to be had from the simple pleasures in life… the explosions of flavour from a great feed, the much-needed breath of fresh air on a mindful walk and the gaggle of giggles from family time. Add to your…

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November 5, 2020

Ferry Nice Mother’s Day Gift

There’s no Hallmark card that could possibly be written to describe how important THIS Mother’s Day is, in such times. But like many of us, there’s been a lot of reflecting and assessing life’s priorities.   {Here’s what we know is true}   ♥ Some Mums are going to need some “Timeout” ♥ Some Mums…

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January 1, 2020

The Ultimate Girl’s Day Out

You’ve finally set a date. The girls are locked for the next catch up. Excitement is reaching peak levels. But you have one final detail to work out……. Where to? What to do? Well, there’s good news and there’s even better news. You can hop on board a ferry at Docklands, Portarlington or Geelong. Just…

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December 20, 2019

A life changing Commute

The New Seachange The concept of a Seachange has always been to throw in your job and move to the coast.  But what if you loved your job? Can you still work in the city and live on the coast? We were living in Hoppers Crossing, which is one of the fastest-growing areas in Australia….

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October 10, 2019

Portarlington in Springtime

Cover image photo credit @d0nnspics (via Insta).   The sun is shining, the colours are popping and the weather is warming  – it’s Springtime in Portarlington and the proof is in the pictures!  Check out these vibrant snaps and get some Insta inspo for the next time you are in the picture-perfect location of Portarlington….

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October 8, 2019

Add a Little Adventure to Your End of Year Celebrations

Shut down your computers, put away those calculators and lodge those documents – it’s time to start planning your end of year celebrations (and boy, do we love a good celebration). If you’re on the hunt for the perfect way to enjoy the festive season with your team, look no further. We’ve joined forces with…

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August 9, 2019

Q Train Stars On Masterchef… Did You See It?

Oh, there’s nothing like tuning in to one of our favourite tv shows – MasterChef – and spotting our good friends from Q Train on there.  Yes, you read correctly, The Bellarine’s very own QTrain was on Masterchef Australia tonight. Did you see it? An exciting Masterchef challenge that showcased the Q Train and Queenscliff…

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July 3, 2019

Sweet Times in Portarlington

Life is like a box of chocolates;  You never know what you’re gonna get…  Except in the case of sweet treats in Portarlington.  In this scenario, you know exactly what you’re gonna get. Sizes, styles and saccharinity may vary but the consistent delivery of quality sweet treats in Portarlington is assured.  Check out some of…

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May 22, 2019

E-biking your way to the wineries

Our friends at Bella E-Bike Hire have put together some great ideas on what to get up to around Portarlington… by bike. And yep, they have baskets on board to fill up with all the beautiful produce (wines) you might come across in your journey 🙂 Here’s what Jeremy has to say…… Hiring an electric…

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May 8, 2019

Keeping With the Old and Bringing in Some New

Local winery Bennetts on Bellarine have been busy bees with a cellar door refurb this past winter and spring, bringing their dream venue to life. We’ll admit we have been keeping watch on the renovations when passing by, and have been waiting with bated breath for the big reveal. Well now we need wait no…

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December 6, 2018

Oh, We Do Love to Shop Beside the Seaside

In need a good dose of retail therapy, or just plain love the thrill of the hunt? The quaint and charming seaside town of Portarlington is a treasure-trove of unique stores boasting beautiful clothing, modern gifts and home wares – all just waiting to find their new forever homes. So go on, be hero…

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October 26, 2018

Meet Our Newest Crew Member, Wendell

  A BIG thank you to everyone that participated in and entered our “Name our Weedy Seadragon” competition.   After a huge amount of very worthy and diverse entries (including a Weedy McWeedy Face) we’re super excited to have selected a name for our friendly mascot. Congratulations to our winner, Ocea Smith who…

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October 23, 2018

Ahoy there Spring – We’ve Missed You

Can you feel it? Can you smell it in the air? That’s right, friends. Victoria is finally waking from a long and slumbering Winter. It’s time to pop on your boat shoes, seas the day and head across Port Phillip Bay to check out all the Bellarine has to offer during this magnificent season. Feature…

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October 20, 2018

An insiders guide to Portarlington’s mussels

Bet you didn’t know that mussel jerky was a thing? One of the mussel farmers has even been brave enough to trial chocolate coated mussels. Say what? When your town’s most famous export is mussels, I guess it’s only natural to want to experiment with the product and see what might be the next big…

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August 16, 2018

Embrace Winter

Winter, don’t think about battening down the hatches, hiding under the doona and indulging in some serious comfort eating.  We’ll challenge you to change that perspective.  Just because winter is on our doorsteps doesn’t mean you have to be housebound.  The world keeps on spinning and a couple of our fav destinations (Docklands and Portarlington)…

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July 1, 2018

Six Reasons To Visit Drysdale

Drysdale; home to local history, produce perfection and the freshest fish in the nation!  Richard Cornish (Melbourne based food writer, author and events host) has penned the article “Six Reasons to Visit Drysdale”  for the Sydney Morning Herald. The reasons to visit Drysdale that Richard has highlighted are true-to-word, as locals will attest.  From one…

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May 18, 2018

Your Ultimate Guide to the National Celtic Festival, Portarlington

Over the three-day long weekend in June (8, 9, 10 and 11) the historic seaside town of Portarlington is alive with music, energy and excitement. People come from near and far to celebrate and experience the rich and passionate Celtic culture – at the National Celtic Festival. Portarlington plays host to international and national music…

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April 30, 2018

Are you ready to be whisked away?

The much-anticipated opening of The Whiskery,  the newest distillery/cellar door offering on the Bellarine is the perfect weekend outing for city dwellers looking to make a day trip to the coast. Avoid traffic and designated driver negotiations by making the journey aboard Port Phillip Ferries. Travel in comfort and take in sweeping views as you…

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April 27, 2018

Cruise Portarlington to the footy, via Geelong

Our Geelong Footy Ferry services have been a hit so far. We’ve also had heaps of interest from Portarlington people wanting to head on these Geelong trips as well. So we’ve come up with a special package for those wanting to cruise all the way to cheer on the Cats or their opposing teams. If…

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April 26, 2018

Cheers To Mum

Make it a Mother’s Day weekend! May 12 & 13.  It is a time for showing your precious mum how much you appreciate her unconditional love and support.  Deciding on a pressie can be tricky.  You want to give her something that takes into consideration her interests and her one-of-a-kind personality.  So, we’ve come up…

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April 20, 2018

An Epicurean Bellarine Adventure

For many, the idea of a perfect day out includes sensational local wines and indulging in local fare.  Wine Wheels is located on the Bellarine Peninsula and offers epicurean adventures to satisfy every fabulous foodie. Your Wine Wheels adventure begins from the Port Phillip Ferries dock at Portarlington, where the Wine Wheels bus is waiting to…

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February 21, 2018

Escape The City Heat With A Day Across The Bay

As our hot summer continues (and shows no immediate signs of abating) the beach is one of the best places to be. And just quietly, we think Portarlington has some of the best beaches in and around Melbourne. Jumping aboard Port Phillip Ferries at Docklands, you can travel in air-conditioned comfort and take in city…

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January 21, 2018

Relax… here’s a quick guide to summer on The Bellarine

It is summer and where better to be than on the Bellarine. As the sun shines down and the temperature heats up, take your pick and head to one of the many splendid beaches that the Bellarine offers; Portarlington, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Breamlea, to name just a few!  Book yourself in for the night,…

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January 11, 2018

Discover Bennett’s on Bellarine

One of our favourite little haunts on The Bellarine would have to be Bennett’s on the The Bellarine. Jamie and his family have created a wonderful space, where you can indulge in local wines, hearty pizza and soak up the sunshine and views from their vineyard. On our last visit, we asked Jamie to write…

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January 11, 2018

Where to stay and walk in Portarlington

The great thing about Portarlington is that everything is close by. It’s easy to access all the essentials, and finding a place to lay your head is pretty simple to do. No there aren’t any large hotels or resorts, but that’s what sort of gives the town charm. But there are heaps of Airbnb’s, traditional…

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September 8, 2017

The ultimate foodies guide to Portarlington

Being a “foodie” means a true commitment to finding the newest and most exciting places to eat and drink. Foodies want something unique, something that presents a story and of most importantly places that will offer up some pretty snappy Instagram posts! Well, Melbourne might be the foodie capital, but there is a place just…

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September 8, 2017