‘Must Do’ Family Weekend in Portarlington – Day 1
DOUBLE SHOT LATTE! – (or perhaps an English Breakfast?!) Whatever your style, start the day right and fuel up for your family adventure. Edina Waterfront Café is perfectly positioned with picturesque views across the water. After departing your vessel take the road directly in front of you for a short 5-minute stroll. Here passionate Baristas can serve you up great coffee or you can choose from a selection of teas, smoothies, milkshakes, or a hearty breakfast/brunch. Edina also has some special treats for the kiddos. Address: 1a Harding Street, Portarlington.
PLAY TO THEIR HEARTS CONTENT – Portarlington Playground is a popular play space, beckoning upon the hill in the centre of town. The views across the water also offer glimpses of the cityscape on a clear day. Recently redeveloped for kids of all ages, it features a balance of traditional play equipment alongside nature-based play options. It will keep them engaged for hours! Coastal-themed art installations, play sculptures, native gardens, water play, climbing ropes, nest swing, balancing logs, a mini-trampoline, slides, and traditional swings all feature. A separate play area is also available for toddlers. Parents will love the convenience of nearby toilets, shops, picnic and BBQ facilities, and maybe even the exercise station/outdoor gym equipment! The older kids will especially love the flying fox and adjoining Skate Ramp. Address: 1a The Esplanade, Portarlington.
TIME TO CHECK-IN – Bellarine Bayside Holiday Park is the ideal overnight destination. Featuring all a family needs – cabins with kitchenettes, a campground, BBQ and picnic areas, laundry facilities, and a restaurant. Kids will especially love the arcade/games room and the proximity to the beach and recreational reserve. Located a 5-minute stroll to the Portarlington Waterfront. Address: 2 Sproat Street, Portarlington.
HOOK, LINE, AND SINKER – carve yourself a little bonding time with the kids and take up a bit of fishing in the early evening. Whether you are a seasoned fisher or a complete newbie, there’s a huge variety of species caught from the Portarlington Pier. Locals claim to have caught snapper, salmon, flathead, pinkies, and sometimes squid and garfish. If fishing is not quite your thing, the Pier also supports a local commercial fish industry and so early evening can be a great time for watching them unload the catch-of-the-day. Note: The Portarlington Pier is currently accessible however some parts are currently being upgraded. (The old Portarlington pier, which closed in 2018, will be demolished.) Address: 2a Harding Street, Portarlington