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Portarlington Pier

View of safe harbour
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  • Area:6.5ha

Fishing from the pier and uncrowded waters, swimming in safe swimming beaches and enjoying the sweeping views of Corio Bay and the Melbourne skyline are some of the activities enjoyed at Portarlington. Portarlington Pier has nearby barbecue, picnic and playground facilities.The Portarlington Pier services a number of commercial fishing vessels who offer fresh mussels on weekends.

Berthing and Anchoring within Portarlington Safe Harbour

Portarlington Safe Harbour Depths

Depths within the harbour vary from 0.5 - 4 metres. The entrance of the harbour is dredged to a minimum of 2.5 metres chartered depth. Please monitor depths carefully within the harbour as it can become shallow, particularly along the eastern and southern boundaries.

Commercial Berthing

The new Commercial Wharf is for approved commercial vessel use only. Unauthorised and recreational vessels are not permitted to access this structure. Security gates will be installed to limit unauthorised entry.

All vessels are prohibited from berthing in the Port Phillip Ferries berthing area:

  • Along the shoreward side of the commercial jetty
  • The eastern end of the timber wharf
Short Stay Berths

10 short stay berths for visiting vessels are located on the timber wharf. These berths are suitable for vessels up to 15m in length and are clearly signed. They are available on a first come, first served basis and cannot be booked.

The following berth numbers are available for short-term stays:

  • 11 (approx.: 10 m x 4 m)
  • 14 (approx.: 15 m x 4 m)
  • 21 (approx.: 15 m x 5.5 m)
  • 22 – 27 (approx.: 18 m x 5.5 m)
  • 28 (approx.: 18 m x 6 m)

Maximum stay is 2 nights.

Drop-off / Pickup Berth

Vessels must be manned at all times and not exceed 20 minutes. Vessels can tie up:

  • On the low landing within the harbour
  • Alongside the outer western berth
Anchoring inside Portarlington Safe Harbour

Anchoring within Portarlington Safe Harbour needs to be within the designated area. Vessels anchored must not impede with Port Phillip Ferries or other vessels. There is no booking for anchoring within the harbour and is available on a first come, first served basis.

The approved anchorage site is inside the eastern rock wall.  Depths vary here from approximately 1 – 2.5 metres.

Maximum stay is 2 nights.

All anchoring is done at own risk.

Anchoring outside Portarlington Safe Harbour

Anchoring outside Portarlington Safe Harbour must not impede safe vessel navigation access into and out of the harbour, or the Outer Western Berth.

No anchoring is permitted within the Swimming Only zone, located to the west of Portarlington Safe Harbour.

All anchoring is done at own risk.


Tenders can be rowed to the shore within the harbour, east of the swimming only zone.

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