Portarlington Harbour Access Improvements

Project duration & key dates

Works commence - March 2020
Works complete - March 2020

Works are scheduled to take approximately four weeks, weather dependent

Project Funding


Key information

Parks Victoria will be undertaking dredging to remove 6,000 m3 of weathered rock from the seabed in Portarlington Harbour to create a channel around the head of the commercial arm, allowing for improved access for large vessels.

The works will involve a spud barge with a 35 tonne excavator mounted on it, a split bottom hopper barge and two tugs and relocated to the Port of Geelong Material Disposal Ground.

It is advised that during works, all vessels reduce their speed to 5-knots within the harbour.

Closures & access

The Port Philip Ferry will continue to operate as scheduled from the usual southern side of the commercial berth.
In times of bad weather, a relocation for passenger boarding may be used to the northern arm of the pier. Signage will be in place in this event.

The swimming beach within the harbour will be closed. Cloudy water may occur due to sediment disruption.
Silt curtains will be used on the barge and on the pier to minimise the spread of sediment through the harbour, and this will be monitored.

Works scheduled between 7am – 7pm, seven days a week. Noise may be heard during this time.

Other information

Parks Victoria is the Local Port Manager for Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell under the Port Management Act 1995. The three local ports combined receive approximately 80 million visits and include 263,000 hectares of waterway, marine protected areas, channels, piers and jetties, moorings and aids to navigation.

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