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Local Port of Portland Bay

The Local Port of Portland Bay is located in the Portland Harbour and is managed by the Glenelg Shire Council. In April 2013 the Local Port Boundary was extended to accomodate all Marina facilities.

The Local Port currently comprises a number of different elements including:

  • The Trawler Wharf including floating pontoon,
  • A Single Lane Boat Ramp,
  • A Three Lane Boat Ramp,
  • A Four Lane Boat Ramp,
  • Swing Moorings, and
  • The Portland Bay Marina.

    Parking for vehichles with boat trailers using the boat ramps requires a daily ticket or annual pass.


    For further information on the Port of Portland, which is separate from the Local Port of Portland Bay, please click on the link listed directly below.

  • Boat Launching Ramps

    Portland –There are two boat ramp launching sites in the harbour. Near the Yacht Club there are two ramps and 4 lanes in total with 4 fish cleaning tables and designated parking for around 26 vehicles and trailers. Further to the north past the Visitor Information Centre is the new boat ramp with 4 lanes and 8 fish cleaning tables with designated parking for 70 vehicles and trailers, and an overflow parking area for around 100 vehicles and trailers. Parking fees apply on the foreshore for vehicles with boat trailers. Several ticket machines are located on the foreshore for day parking and annual passes can also be purchased from the Council.

    Trawler Wharf

    In July 2009 Glenelg Shire Council was appointed as Manager of the Portland Bay Local Port (Trawler Wharf) on behalf of the Crown (under the Crown Land Reserves Act 1978).

    The $14m redevelopment upgraded the existing trawler wharf, effectively doubling its length to 268m metres, to berth around 9 vessels, some of which can be up to 300 tonnes. It also has a separate, 100m parallel floating jetty to accommodate slightly smaller boats.

    The Wharf is reserved for the commercial fishing industry and from time to time, accommodates other vessels for special events, exceptional circumstances, or emergencies.

    Port staff have continued to put a major emphasis on implementing the Port’s Safety and Environment Management Plan (SEMP) as quickly as possible. SEMP Certification was achieved in March 2013. A copy of the report can be downloaded via the link located at the bottom of the page.

    Capable of parking multiple semi trailers and even B Doubles alongside the fishing vessels, the wharf has seen a vast increase in boats wishing to unload. Supplying nearly 40% of Victoria’s wet landed fish worth around $30m, Portland is an integral hub for the fishing industry operating in Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. The Port also sees oil/gas rig tenders, tugs, tall ships, patrol boats and other types of vessels.

    Click here for a list of the current Trawler Wharf Fees.

    Swing Moorings

    There is a moratorium on new swing moorings while review of marine facilities is underway.
    There are no visitor swing moorings.

    Portland Bay Marina

    Near the Portland Visitor Information Centre, the Portland Bay Marina is a floating marina containing 70 berths. The Marina includes facilities for electricity and water as well as having a full time security system. This marina opened to the public on 2 April 2013.

    The Marina has commercial and recreational boat berths between 5 metres and 18 metres but can accommodate larger visiting boats up to 40 metres. Please contact a Port Officer to determine availability and suitability. The Marina has ample depth for yachts. For details of the fees for the Portland Bay Marina, please click here. For plans of the Portland Bay Marina with depths, please click here.


    For more information or to contact the Local Port of Portland Bay, Lee Breakwater Road, please call (03) 5522 2140 (BH)
    or email: the Local Port of Portland Bay Manager (E: gbebbington@glenelg.vic.gov.au) or the Port Officers (E: seasson@glenelg.vic.gov.au or proberts@glenelg.vic.gov.au). After hours contacts, emergencies & pollution reports contact Local Port Officers on 0403582492, 0408627296 or 0437697474

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