Longitude: 144.653426 Latitude: -38.115135
Metres above Sea Level: 22 m
Area: 39.5 km² Perimeter: 28.4 km
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The beautiful and historic seaside village of Portarlington is the northern-most town of the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria. Though it is only 42 km across Port Phillip Bay from Melbourne, it is approximately a hundred kilometre journey by road. Being an easy 90 minute drive from the capital city of Victoria, it is easily accessible and a mecca for sporting enthusiasts, food & wine buffs, beach & nature lovers, just to mention a few . . .
With free Wi-Fi within the village, visitors and residents alike can investigate the many interesting and beautiful POI in and around the town.
The lovely parks and reserves provide public amenities, some with shaded and expansive lawn areas, play equipment for the children, picnic and barbeque facilities, public toilets; whilst the streets and numerous parking areas provide ample parking for large vehicles, caravans, boats and trailers. The town centre features, cafes, eateries, supermarkets, and a variety of retail outlets.
Surrounded by vineyards, farmlands and the bay wherever you go, the views across the Port Phillip present the You Yangs to the west, Melbourne to the north and the Mornington Peninsula to the east – the scenery is absolutely breath-taking.
Portarlington’s north facing beaches are perfect for sporting enthusiasts offering water sports, snorkelling, canoeing, fishing, sailing, boating, swimming as well as bike & walking paths that stretch for over 15 km along the shoreline from Point Richards right through to St Leonards. Hang-gliding and Paragliding from the north facing cliffs are also a popular pastime.
The seaside village ambiance of Portarlington, which overlooks the stunning parks and Port Phillip Bay, boasts el-fresco dining, unique boutiques and gift shops, supermarkets, hotels, cafes, restaurants, take-aways, wine bars with live music, monthly Sunday markets, festivals – so much to explore . . .
Enjoy the local produce from both the farm and the sea.
Portarlington has retained many historical POI and the essence of its colourful past. From the early maps of Matthew Flinders and John Helder Wedge, Hat Rock located on the eastern end of the Portarlington harbour, has been a landmark. Sketches of its early beginnings are represented in plans and maps drawn from as early as the 1840’s. Though the census of the 1850’s state a population of 151, plans from this period specify few landmarks and existing structures. Perhaps structures from squatters claims were not considered legal and hence not included? There were, however, at least 151 residents living somewhere at the time. The following plans indicate the growth and potential that the early investors had hoped for:
Of more recent times, developers are discovering the treasures of this historical seaside village. It is with great sadness that much of the charm of yesteryear is falling prey to the lure of the dollar. Portarlington may well retain one of the only remnants of the Batman legacy – yet to be proven beyond reasonable doubt, but most certainly the “coincidences” are too numerous to ignore . . .
Let us hope the value of these last remaining legacies are recognised are saved – before it is too late.
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