Walking in Portarlington Harbour

Take a walk and explore Portarlington pier and harbour. There is plenty to see any day of the year, whether you explore the beach, the pier or the breakwater, lookout for artwork, wildlife or watch the sunset.  

On the beach  

Take a walk along the picturesque beach. Life at Portarlington centres around the water, with mussels being an important natural resource for thousands of years. Mussel sculptures have been placed to stabilise sand around the pier, provide a point of interest and seating for visitors. Constructed of concrete, the smallest sculpture weighs approximately half a tonne. The Wadawurrung Traditional Owner name for mussel is barnawarrabil. 


Along the walkway 

Walk along the walkway. The artwork on this walkway was created in collaboration with 105 Wadawurrung Traditional Owners.  The art captures the stories of place and journey reflected through water, sand, shells and marine life.  Take a moment to reflect that you are on Wadawurrung Sea Country and what you see in the artwork.


Along the breakwater

Walk along the breakwater. Here you can enjoy views across the harbour, watch the boats come and go and look out for wildlife including the Eleven Arm Seastar, Fiddler Ray, Red Capped Plover, Pied Cormorant and Pied Oyster Catcher. Please stay on the path and keep a safey distance from wildife, all plants, animals, historical and archaeological sites and geographic features are protected by law.

Dogs are permitted at Portarlington Harbour, but must be on a lead at all times unless confined to a vessel.

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