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Portarlington Safe Harbour Project

pier view
The new 190 metre long berthing jetty in the middle of the harbour

Exciting new infrastructure to last for generations to come

Portarlington Safe Harbour will deliver enormous benefits to local people, visitors to the Peninsula as well as the aquaculture industry.

Parks Victoria appreciates the local community’s involvement in this project, attending community open days and contributing their views through various forums.

A berthing and anchoring map of the new safe harbour is here. (PDF 318kb)

Past project updates

Final stages of the Victorian Government’s $15 million harbour investment

Parks Victoria contracted $2.75 million worth of new ferry and boating infrastructure and wave protection works for Portarlington’s Safe Harbour. These are the final stages in the Victorian Government’s $15 million harbour investment designed to support the Bellarine Peninsula's growing aquaculture industry and help boost tourism and the local economy.

Works at Portarlington Safe Harbour include:

  • the construction of two rock breakwaters to the east and north of the pier
  • a new 190-metre long concrete commercial berthing area
  • a range of marine industry access upgrades for the pier and harbour.

Two contractors secured the current $2.75 million worth of works including:

1. Mooring facilities and wave protection

P W Johnson Constructions Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to:

  • demolish the old timber finger jetty
  • install new mooring piles and fenders on the 190-metre commercial jetty for mussel farmers
  • construct 65 metres of concrete wharf to replace the old timber wharf on the western side of the end of the pier
  • install 110 metres of concrete pre-cast wave screen panels on the western side of the pier and wharf to protect vessels berthed inside the harbour from westerly winds.

P W Johnson Constructions Pty Ltd will also assist with the installation of the ferry berth pontoon.

2. Floating berth

Bellingham Marine Pty Ltd has been awarded a contract to build a 40-metre floating berth to sit alongside the inner edge of the commercial jetty.

The pontoon and gangway have been designed to support passengers boarding the ferry.

The pontoon is being fabricated in Queensland and will be delivered to the site towards the middle of 2017 for installation.

The new harbour entrance is now operational.


Artist's impression of completed work
Artist's impression of the completed project



Parks Victoria staff and contractors showed visitors around during a Community Open Day held at the harbour in December 2016.

Aerial view
An aerial view of the new jetty during construction in late 2016

Portarlington Safe Harbour Project

Recent construction during 2017