Portarlington is an historic coastal town located on the Bellarine Peninsula. It lies 28 km from the city of Geelong, in the state of Victoria, Australia. The gently rising hills behind the town feature vineyards and olive groves, overlooking Port Phillip Bay.
It is a popular family holiday destination and offers fishing and aquaculture (mussels). At one time the town claimed the largest Fur Seal in the Southern Hemisphere.
In the 2011 census, Portarlington (including Bellarine and the rural section of St Leonards) had a population of 3,580 people. The area has a large number of Maltese, Croatian, Italian and Islander immigrants.
Getting to Portarlington is easy by road. But you can also catch the ferry from Docklands in Melbourne. www.portphillipferries.com.au
Places to eat in Portarlington
Saints and Sailors
This is a popular seafood bar and grill located in the centre of Portarlington. They have live music at the weekends and serve great food, have a look at the Saints and Sailors menu
This winery features exquisite food and award winning wines. You won't be disappointed! www.terindahestate.com
Banks Road Estate
The Banks Road cellar door is really something special. The wines are fabulous, and just next door their eatery, called The Little Red Fox offers a range of breakfast, lunch and dinner options which are sure to impress.
Places of interest in Portarlington
- The Mill is a heritage site that houses a museum. The site is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
- The Pier: Centre of economic and recreational activity in the area.
- The Rotunda: Distinctive landmark in the centre of town.
- Tall Sailing Ship top sail schooner ENTERPRIZE'' docks at the Pier Christmas/New Year period, Mussel Festival January and Celtic Festival June.(On board Celtic music by Richard Armstrong)
- Bellarine Hills: Portarlington's natural skyline, offering spectacular Bay views, wineries, olive groves, etc.
- Mussel Farms: A significant economic activity in the area.
- Point Richards Flora and Fauna Reserve: A local haven for wildlife and native vegetation around the wetlands on the western edge of the town.
Festivals and events
Bay Cycling Classic: Portarlington hosts a full day of events in this world-class criterium series held at select locations around Port Phillip Bay in the New Year.
Mussel Festival: food mostly mussels and festivities in the "Mussel Capital of Victoria", in mid January.
- Tarxien Social Club: Xalata ta' San Girgor (Saint Gregory): Maltese community gathering traditionally held over the Australia Day Weekend in January.
- Portarlington Triathlon: Described as one of the best courses in Australia, it is Victoria's oldest running triathlon event, and is held in late summer.
- Bellarine Agricultural Show: Variety of displays and activities held annually in March on the Reserve.
- National Celtic Festival: National festival of Celtic folk music, dancing, and cultural activities held all around Portarlington in mid-year.
- Portarlington Market: Bustling market held around Parks Hall in Portarlington on the first Saturday in each month.
- Annual holiday destination with seasonal caravan parks attracting families mostly from Melbourne on the foreshore.