Portarlington Pier and Breakwater (Portarlington Pier (Addition), Portarlington Pier)


Portarlington Pier and Breakwater (Portarlington Pier (Addition), Portarlington Pier)

Portarlington Pier and Breakwater offers visitors a leisurely walk whilst anglers can fish from the pier all taking in the sweeping views of Corio Bay and the Melbourne skyline.

Nearby, there are barbecue, picnic and playground facilities on the foreshore.

Port Phillip Ferries operate daily services from Portarlington to Docklands in Melbourne
Jumping and diving off the pier and other structures is prohibited for public safety. There are shallow areas and often unexpected submerged objects
Ensure dogs are kept on lead at all times and clean up after your dog.

How to get there

Portarlington Pier and Breakwater (Portarlington Pier (Addition), Portarlington Pier)

Need to know

Portarlington Pier and Breakwater (Portarlington Pier (Addition), Portarlington Pier)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash


  • No jumping or diving off piers or jetties
  • Boating zones apply
  • Load, weight restrictions
  • Speed restrictions apply


  • Water hazards
    • Deep water
    • Strong currents
    • Shallow water
    • Submerged obstacles
  • Terrain hazards
    • Slippery surface
    • Slippery rocks
  • Other warnings
    • Vehicles

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

Dredging works at Portarlington Harbour

A dredging operation will be conducted in Portarlington Harbour during November and December 2020 to remove a build-up of sand. 

Approximately 15,000m3 of sand will be dredged during the process which will be used to renourish the beach to the west of the pier and within the harbour.

A notice to mariners will be in place during these works.

Freshly dredged sand contains organic material, mostly seaweed, giving it a dark colour and sometimes a mild odour. While the dredged sand may smell when it first comes out of the water, after a few days’ exposure to the air and sun, the sand will bleach to the normal colour and lose its odour.  Visitors to the beach should not be concerned as the sand is regularly tested.

The quality of water will not be affected during the dredging but may appear cloudy until the sand settles. 

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