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Take a wander to Portarlington

You can almost watch the world go by from the beautiful bayside of Portarlington. Nestled away on the Bellarine, surrounded by award-winning wineries, Portarlington is best known for its fresh mussels, beautiful vistas and stunning coastline.  This coastal village has the most delightful atmosphere that will have you falling in love with everything it offers.

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We’ve done all the heavy lifting for you… so grab a coffee (or a wine) and have a browse at our top picks for Portarlington!

A Day Trippers Guide to Portarlington

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 wonders!  While you are there, be sure to check out these superb seaside suggestions...   The beautiful bayside of Portarlington is nestled away on the...

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Pack Your Overnight Bag For Portarlington

Pack Your Overnight Bag For 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...

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Ferry Nice Mother’s Day Gift

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...

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Bellarine Packages

We’ve unlocked some of the best local spots to wine, dine and relax by the sea.  So go ahead, treat yourself to one of our curated packages, with your favourite people this Winter. 

Approx 5 hrs, 149 PP

Bennetts Tastes of the Bellarine

Escape the city, experience the best scenic views and have a long-overdue catch-up with Bennett’s Tastes of the Bellarine.

Includes:

  • Return ferry ticket
  • Transfers to Bennett’s on Bellarine
  • Glass of sparkling on arrival
  • Two-hour dining experience
  • Choose from three food & drink experiences
  • Time to wander Portarlington
  • Return transfer to the ferry

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Approx 7.5 hrs, $80 pp

Car(e) Free – Ferry & E-Bikes

Relish a car-free day on the Bellarine with this Bella E-Bike Hire package. Sail across the bay and have your electric bikes waiting for you at Portarlington Pier. A quick fitting and instructions then off to try some of the wine and food at half dozen wonderful wineries within 5 km or pop into The Whiskery for an award-winning gin or grab a pizza, mussels, donuts, .... Or just enjoy riding around the trails or quiet roads and see the beautiful Bellarine at a leisurely pace..

Includes:

  • Return ferry trip
  • 4 hour E-bike hire
  • Helmet
  • Security chain
  • Basket or pannier bag
  • Bike adjusted for you
  • Instructions on use
  • Optional transfer to the Bellarine rail trail

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Approx 5 hrs, $60 pp

A Grand Day trip and Lunch

A Grand day out from Melbourne by ferry, with lunch and wine at a classic pub, where the country meets the sea. Enjoy the modern form of transport while visiting the historic town of Portarlington, and the Grand Hotel that sits proudly in the main street. There's plenty of time after lunch to take a walk up the main street and enjoy more of the pretty town.

Includes:

  • Return ferry trip from Docklands
  • Choice of meal
  • Portarlington Mussels, Parmigiana or Pie of the day
  • Glass of local Bellarine wine
  • Time to wander Portarlington

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Approx 5 hrs, $70 pp

Local Mussels and Seafood

Just a short stroll up the hill from the ferry you can enjoy Portarlington’s famous mussels (direct from the farmer) at Little Mussel Café. Because we all know it wouldn’t be a trip to Portarlington without a feed of what the town is most famous for.

Includes:

  • Return ferry ticket
  • Experience the Little Mussel Café
  • $40 credit for food, drink or fresh produce
  • 2-hour lunch sittings
  • Book for a 12.30pm or 1pm sitting

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Approx 7.5 hrs. , $159 - $169 pp

A Day of Gin, Wine & Cider

Join Andy’s Trails in a showcase touring the region. Leave the car keys at home and taste the finest wine, locally produced gin, fresh cider and award-winning lunches the Bellarine has to offer.

Includes:

  • Return ferry trip
  • Transport between venues
  • Gin tasting at The Whiskery
  • Wine tasting at Bennetts on Bellarine
  • Lunch at Flying Brick Cider House
  • Cider tasting, Flying Brick Cider House
  • Wine tasting at Terindah Estate
  • Return transfer to the ferry

 

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Approx 5 hrs, From $49 - $55 pp

Club Cruise

Perfect for Groups. Escape the hustle and the bustle of Melbourne with the Club Cruise package. Enjoy a scenic trip across the bay, a leisurely two-course lunch and complimentary drink at the Portarlington Golf Club, along with courtesy bus transfers.

Includes:

  • Return ferry trip
  • Golf Club courtesy bus transfer
  • Portarlington Golf Club
  • Two-course lunch
  • Glass of wine, beer or soft drink
  • Return transfer to the ferry

 

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Approx 7.5 hrs, $179 pp

Sail, Rail and Dine with the Q Train

A superbly unique experience that will see you cruising across the bay, transferring to Drysdale Station and boarding the remarkable Q Train to wine and dine. An experience not to miss.

Includes:

  • Return ferry trip
  • Transfer to the Q Train
  • The unique Q Train Experience
  • Degustation lunch
  • Spectacular dining vistas
  • Return transfer to the ferry

 

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Approx 7.5 hrs, $90 - $125pp

Jack Rabbit Long Leisurely Lunch

Spoil yourself rotten with this Wine Wheels package. Sail across the bay and enjoy a wine tasting and a long, leisurely luncheon at iconic Jack Rabbit Vineyard - the ‘must do’ destination of The Bellarine.

Includes:

  • Return ferry trip
  • Wine Wheels transfers
  • A day at Jack Rabbit
  • Wine tasting at Jack Rabbit
  • One or two-course lunch
  • Optional upgrades
  • Return transfer to the ferry

 

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Approx 7.5 hrs, $149 pp

Port Phillip Bay Wildlife Boat Tour

Cruise across Port Phillip Bay from Melbourne and spend a day on the water with Sea All Dolphin Swims, where you will meet the friendly (but wild) locals of Port Phillip Bay

Includes:

  • Return ferry trip
  • Bus Transfers to and from Queenscliff
  • Sightseeing Boat Cruise
  • Tasting plate at Queenscliff Brewhouse

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Approx 7.5 hrs, $150 - $170 PP

Luxury Foodies Delight

Sail across the bay and spoil yourself with a long & leisurely degustation lunch, at the award winning Merne at Lighthouse restaurant.

Includes:

  • Return ferry trip
  • Luxury transfers to Merne
  • Merne grazing lunch + coffee
  • Olive Oil tasting & voucher

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Tours

Portarlington and The Bellarine offer some of the best touring you will find in regional Victoria.
We’ve done the heavy lifting for you and compiled some of our absolute favourites. 

ANDY’S TRAILS

Andy’s Trails are full immersion tours across Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula. Andy’s showcases the regions unparalleled produce and craft beverages. They are dedicated to celebrating local produce, gourmet beverages and breathtaking scenery with an informative guide and designated driver whose passion will take this experience to a whole new level.

PORTARLINGTON WINE TOUR

When you get off the ferry in Portarlington look for the Portarlington Winery Tours bus at the end of the pier.
Three of the Bellarine’s most exciting wineries are on this tour, so you’re sure to find wines that suit you. See Scotchmans Hill, the Bellarine’s first winery with its multi-award winning wines and generous platters; Bennetts On Bellarine with some classic and alternative varietals; and Terindah Estate with quality single vineyard wines and spectacular bay views. 

FOR THE LOVE OF GRAPE

Relax and unwind with friends, family or colleagues as you allow For The Love Of Grape to chauffeur your party around the magical sights and sensory delights of Geelong and The Bellarine. Choose your own wineries and local producers from our enticing array or leave it to us to seamlessly organise a tour guaranteed to charm.

GO ROAM TOURS

Step off the ferry and head down the Great Ocean Road. Or hit up Bellarine hot spots like Bellarine Distillery, Terindah Estate, Oakdene Estate, Scotchmans Hill, Flying Brick Ciderery, Queenscliff Distillery, Banks Road, McGlashan’s and Basils Farm.  Or perhaps indulge in a craft beer tour or whisky tasting?
We have plenty of options to choose from including the popular Art Gallery day tours, that put you up close and personal with local artists in the regions.  Custom itineraries, private tours and group discounts available. Operates 7 days a week.

MUSTANG & CO

Mustang & Co. were recent finalists in the “Tourism” category of the Geelong Excellence awards – they know how to look after you and your group with full VIP treatment.
They have a range of vehicles, so they can cater for multiple groups or larger bookings. The pride of their fleet is the 1966 Mustang Convertible; the experience of cruising around with the top down, in a vintage car puts a smile on everyone’s face.  The car can seat three adult passengers, plus driver.  There is also an option for a “Mustang Mover” (seats 7 passengers) or a “Mustang Mini Bus” (seats 11 passengers).

WINE WHEELS

Wine, cider, food and fun are guaranteed when you join Wine Wheels to indulge in an epicurean adventure. Options abound with this dynamic new addition to the Bellarine culinary scene. Exclusive tours from Port Phillip Ferries will see you shuttled in comfort to local Bellarine hot spots Flying Brick Cider Co, Leura Park Estate and Jack Rabbit Vineyard before returning to the ferry for a splendid voyage back across the bay. Great discounts on all Take Away wine and cider purchases as well.

Transport Options

PORT PASSENGERS

Personalised ride share service. Bookings are essential so please get in early.

P: 0401 309 905 

FRANSCENE BELLARINE

Personalised tours in a luxury vehicle (Mercedes Viano) for up to 7 guests.
P: 0427 664 888 

ACCESSIBLE TAXIS

Geelong Taxi Network has a special services team dedicated to providing accessible transportation services on the Bellarine Peninsula.
P: 0401 309 905 

BELLARINE RIDESHARE

Tour The Bellarine in style with your own personal driver.
P:  0414 414 731 or 0409 577 108

PORTARLINGTON GOLF
CLUB COURTESY BUS

Offering direct transfers between the Ferry and Portarlington Golf Club, for all passengers with a valid ferry ticket.

HIRE A KOMBI

Live the dream and hire a Volkswagon Kombi or Beetle.  Self drive only.

BELLA-E BIKE HIRE

These electric bikes are ready for you to ride, explore, adventure and have fun.

PORTARLINGTON BEACH
MOTEL COURTESY BUS

Book a room at Portarlington Beach Motel – and be greeted with a comfortable courtesy bus when you disembark the ferry.

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