Things to do around Portarlington
Gateway to Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula
Portarlington, Victoria, is a small seaside resort on the northern tip of the Bellarine Peninsula. This low-key Australian resort town has long been a favourite holiday destination for Melburnians. In the old days, families would catch 19th-century paddle steamers from Williamstown; a one-hour trip down the coast of Port Phillip Bay by paddlewheel.
The Ozone, sank offshore in 1925 and now forms a breakwater where a paddlewheel can still be seen above the water-line.
Portarlington has a rich history with heritage-listed buildings, museums, pier and marina and restaurants. The region boasts an array of fine wines; be sure to set aside a time to check out wineries such as Scotchmans Hill, Bellarine Estate and Terindah Estate. Ask us about bus tours and Portarlington minibus hire for safe and comfortable transport to and from the wineries.
Naturally, you’ll also enjoy fine cuisine in Portarlington’s diverse cafes and restaurants. Portarlington celebrates the Mussel Festival in January. Fresh local mussels are a feast not to be missed.
Portarlington is superbly placed on the Bellarine Peninsula. Portarlington Beach Motel is a short walk to the town and beaches. Your hosts are always happy to give tips on the best fishing locations for both beach and rock fishing.
Portarlington is a hilly town with a large flora, fauna and recreation reserve. Attractions include sailing, golf, excellent fishing, a safe swimming beach; all within walking distance to our motel accommodation. If you bring along bikes, a lovely track leads around the foreshore to Indented Head, as does the roadway known as The Esplanade.
The surrounding area produces vegetables, poultry and dairy products. Markets are held opposite the primary school in Newcombe Street on the last Sunday of the month, from September to April. Craft markets are held at Parks Hall in Newcombe St on the last Sunday of the month. An Easter Art Show is held annually.
Portarlington Beach Motel’s office contains a number of visitor information brochures should you wish to explore region. Our staff will only be too pleased to share their knowledge of the area.