Upwelling Festival

Street parade

The Upwelling Festival Portland is a community celebration of the Bonney Upwelling, presented by the Upwelling Festival Incorporated and including a partnership with other community groups.

The Upwelling Festival celebrates what is unique about Portland and the community and show cases an important environmental phenomenon – the Bonney Upwelling.

The Bonney Upwelling is a unique and epic natural ocean phenomena where the spring winds shift to the south-east driving a change in ocean currents that powers a seven month feeding frenzy of tuna, crayfish, giant crabs, squid, fish, seabirds, seals, krill and blue whales. An incredibly rich ecological food web, the Upwelling is at its greatest off the coast of Portland and is the cornerstone of the lucrative local fishing and tourism industry.

The Festival is a free event maintaining the key elements of the Blessing of the Fleet, Street Parade, Festival markets, local entertainment, Marine Environment Talks and community art projects on the site.


  • Saturday, 04 November 2023 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM


Portland Foreshore, Lee Breakwater Road, Portland, 3305, View Map

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