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A Day Trippers Guide to Portarlington

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Escape to Portarlington for the day.  A day of fresh sea air, wide open spaces and friendly faces does wonders!  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 coastline and scenic settings.  Discover it all at the slow and steady pace of a wandering walk…

Starting at the ferry dock, set off on The Ramblers Walk, a moderately level and easy-going walk that offers spectacular panoramic views of the You Yangs, Melbourne City Skyline and Portarlington’s famed and fabulous foreshore.

Spot and sight heritage homes, surviving mills and grand hotels on the Portarlington History Walk, an all-abilities walk that takes you on a journey past 22 points of historical significance.  A copy of the Portarlington History Walk can be found here.


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Park and play at the recently redeveloped Portarlington park.  This wooden wonderland perfectly blends into its seaside environment with an abundance of nature-based and imagery play opportunities, along with more (and much-loved) traditional play equipment.  Park features include a dry creek bed, water play, ropes course, swings, slides, trampoline, water play, flying fox, balancing logs and so much more.


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Cast your line into the wonderful waters of Portarlington.  Portarlington is an area known for snapper, mullet, garfish and whiting.  Throwing a line off the pier has been recognised to render good results, as has fishing off Steele’s Rocks (just slightly right of the pier).  Even though restrictions have eased in regard to fishing, it is still a requirement for all adults to have their fishing licence (children aged under 18 do not require a fishing license).


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Our fabulous friends at The Little Mussel Café are open and ready to serve you up scrumptious and succulent mussel dishes.  Curry, chowder, natural, Kilpatrick, smoked – whatever way you have them, they are freshest of fresh mussels, plucked direct from their farm and placed onto your plate.  Now located in the main street, these moreish morsels are a mere walk away from the ferry terminal.


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A visit to the charming Grand Hotel Portarlington is a must, be it for lunch, or a quiet beverage or two.  Their menu stars some local produce, along side a good balance of pub fare favourites – accompanied by some local Bellarine wines that are as cool as their climate.  Hot tip: we’ve teamed up with the Grand Hotel Portarlington to launch a new Grand Day Trip + Lunch package, have a peek here.

Grand Hotel Portarlington


Be sure to save some room for dessert!  Portarlington has quite the reputation for a swag of sensational sweets.  Both Daniels Donuts and Portarlington Bakehouse are open and located in the main street.   Dan, Dan the donut man has hundreds and hundreds of donuts lining the display cabinetry.  Decide your flavour and devour immediately!  And Portarlington Bakehouse has a plethora of freshly baked pastries, slices, tarts and so much more waiting to tempt you.


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And it’s true, we do love to shop beside the seaside, so post lunch, a lovely meander along the main street, will take you on a sneaky little journey to some retail therapy.  Seek and you shall find, some lovely treasures, boho-luxe clothing, homewares and hand made gifts.  You can learn more about a few of our favourites here.

Plan your Portarlington escape today and book your Port Phillip Ferries tickets.  Tickets must be purchased online.