Suburb Profiles


Portarlington is situated on the Bellarine Peninsula about 100 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD approximately 80 minutes driving time by road and 30 kilometres from Geelong. The town was established in 1854 and is situated on Corio Bay with safe beaches and is a popular holiday resort and retirement area. The town has a permanent population of about 4000 with a further 2000 in the adjoining townships of Indented Head & St. Leonards. During the summer school holiday periods another 10,000 to 12,000 people holiday in the area. Portarlington is in the municipality of the City of Greater Geelong and is serviced by a regular bus service to Geelong. Most areas of the township enjoy magnificent views over Corio Bay and also take in the highrise buildings of Melbourne on the horizon and the You Yangs to the west of Portarlington. We also enjoy a northerly aspect taking full advantage of the winter sun. Homes in the area are very affordable with 3-4 bedroom brick veneer homes averaging $250,000 to $400,000 and holiday homes from $200,000, building allotments from $110,000. On the edge of the township, the outlying farming area of Bellarine was originally one of the main market areas that serviced the residents of Melbourne with vegetables and farm produce. This area is now being developed as a thriving viticulture area with Scotchmans Hill, Bellarine Estate, Kilgour Wineries and a number of new wineries being established. There are also a number of properties in the area planting olives. Portarlington has a small commercial shopping area with two supermarkets and a number of small specialty shops. Portarlington is definitely a pleasant place to live with good sporting facilities such as golf, bowling, football and cricket clubs. Elderly citizens facilities and medical centre also available.