On the Northernmost tip of the Bellarine Peninsula, Portarlington is only 44km from Melbourne as the seagull flies across Port Phillip Bay. On a clear day you can see the Melbourne city skyline on the horizon.
The main street climbs a slight hill, providing spectacular views as you browse through shops or eat and drink al fresco.
Many of the best food producers and wineries are clustered around Portarlington so it's an excellent base for those embarking on a Bellarine Taste Trail tour.
The pier is a fascinating stroll, with plenty of boats - including the town's mussel fleet - berthed here, some selling seafood direct from the boat. You can usually find a local fisherman or two wetting a line from pier's edge.