The Portarlington Mussel Festival needs no intro. Deliciously famous throughout The Bellarine community and increasingly renown in the rest of the state; the reputation of this foodie Festival is growing and rightly so. 120 food and drink stalls, market stalls, five stages showcasing live and local talent, roving performers, cooking demonstrations, local tastings, art exhibitions and of course mussels, so many mussels!
Already daydreaming about munching on some of Portarlington’s mouth-watering molluscs? Add a few of these extras and make a weekend of it. Come for the Portarlington Mussel Festival, stay for…
Mussels aren't the only thing Portarlington produces, there's also plenty of fine wines to wash them down.
Cool climate chardonnays, ripe cherry-flavoured pinot noirs, earthy shirazs and crisp sauvignon blancs are all hand-crafted, served and sold at Bennets on Bellarine Winery. This family-run vineyard and cellar door is perfectly positioned to take in views over the vines, across the bay and to the You Yangs.
Award recipients at the International Cool Climate Wine Show, National Wine Show of Australia, Melbourne International Wine Competition, Boutique Wine Awards and many more, Terindah Estate passionately produces Sparkling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Shiraz. Wine tasting here is delightfully difficult as there is just so much to choose from.
Enjoy a classic at The Whiskery. The Whiskery have fashioned their very own (deeply guarded recipe) for small-batched gin; Teddy and the Fox. Originally a farm shed, now a renovated (but still rustically-charming) watering hole. The Whiskery is the ideal spot to enjoy a gin, cocktail or whisky with a mate including some of their own, soon (we all know that great whisky takes time).
Because of Portarlington’s unique placement on The Bellarine, the views include the You Yangs, Melbourne City skyline, Corio bay and much more. It is truly a 360-degree experience, and to take in optimal sights, here are a couple of walking suggestions that best present Portarlington’s views.
The Ramblers Run is a quaint walking trail that runs between Rambler's Road and the water's edge. Starting at the jetty, the tracks winds along the foreshore, taking in sights of the You Yangs and Melbourne City skyline.
The Portarlington History Walk not only allows you to take in the expansive outlooks but also Portarlington’s striking history. Commencing at the Ol’ Duke Hotel (1855), the walk continues to traipse around other significant and charming historical points including the Portarlington Harbour and the National Trust Mill (1857) plus numerous antique town streetscapes & buildings, all the while soaking up that 360-degree view.
We mean this in the nicest possible way. Although you'll be hard pressed to fight the urge to stay (with all the above on offer), you don’t have to. Port Phillip Ferries conveniently sails from Portarlington, travelling right to the heart of the city; Docklands, Victoria Harbour. Operating 365 days of the year, this service offers comfort and style; over 400 seats (indoor and outdoor), free WIFI, charging stations and licensed onboard café.
So, if after a long day enjoying the sights and sensations of Portarlington (and too many mussels), all you want to do is head home, you don’t even need to drive! Just grab a glass of something sweet and take in those final spectacular views one more time.