Nestled on the edge of a coastal village, Portarlington Harbour is a busy working harbour with commercial and recreational boat traffic, the home of Port Phillip Ferries and a popular destination offering an enjoyable day by the bay.
The Harbour offers boating visitors short term berths and swing moorings (for vessels up to 14 metres) for a maximum of 5 days within a 14 day period. These are free and available on a first come, first served basis.
Anglers fish from the Portarlington Pier, swimmers take a dip in the surrounding beaches and visitors from near and far enjoy sweeping views of Corio Bay and the Melbourne skyline. The Portarlington township and foreshore facilities, including a barbecue, picnic area and playground are nearby.
Things To Do
Fishing in Portarlington Harbour
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How to get there
Need to know
Change of Conditions
Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.
Portarlington Pier and Breakwater (Local Port of Port Phillip, Portarlington Pier)
Portarlington Breakwater - Northern arm partially closed
- A 200-metre section of the Portarlington breakwater's outer northern arm has become unstable and has been closed for public safety while repairs are planned.
- The remainder of the breakwater (280-metres) and Portarlington Pier are open and safe.
- Visitor safety is a top priority, and we ask people not to venture beyond the fenced area while the closure is in place.
- Read the Community e-newsletter here (November 2023)