Shannon Bryan

Eat and drink the Bellarine’s best

It’s hard to know where to start when it comes to food and wine on the Bellarine (not to mention beer, gin and whisky). There are so many great places to choose from, whether you’re after a casual catch up with friends or fine dining to celebrate a special occasion. 

Food Truck EOI 2024

A highly sought-after vacancy is available for licensed mobile food and beverage vendors to apply for a one-year permit to operate a food truck at the Portarlington Pier Vendor Area.

Portarlington foreshore accessible amenities upgrade

We are preparing to upgrade the public amenity building at Henderson Reserve, Portarlington, to provide accessible amenities at the busiest beach on the northern Bellarine Peninsula. Construction works are due to commence in early August 2024.

Portarlington Foreshore Cafe EOI

The Portarlington foreshore café building provides expansive views across Port Phillip Bay nestled on the lower foreshore.  The current 5-year lease and accompanying licence area for outdoor dining will expire on 30 November 2024 and Bellarine Bayside is seeking to continue the service offer at the site through a new lease and licence.

Bellarine Bayside CEO, Bruce Elliot, announces retirement

Bellarine Bayside Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Elliot, has announced his impending retirement.

Will serve as CEO until October 2024.

CEO Bruce Elliot’s statement:

After a lot of consideration, and 20 years working in senior leadership roles, I have decided that it is time for me to retire.

Three reasons to bring the family to the Bellarine this winter

We’re firing up for another fabulous winter season on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula.

If cosy fires, hot chocolates, mulled wine, hearty food and brisk sea air are your thing, then 

book a snug pod or cabin, load up your van or camper, and begin plotting your winter escape. 

Did you know you can now enjoy toasted marshmallows by the campfire at our Portarlington park?

Five cool things to do in autumn

Thinking about visiting in the cooler months, but not sure what there is to do? Here are our top five things to do in and around Portarlington this autumn and winter:


Family getaways on a budget

Explore Bellarine Bayside’s affordable campsites, family cabins and cozy pods

It’s true that rising costs are stretching the family budget and holidays can be a bit of a luxury these days.

2024 Community Foreshore BBQ

Please join us on Thursday, 16 February from 5 – 7 pm for an informal BBQ, an opportunity to meet members of the Bellarine Bayside Committee to celebrate another successful year.

Revealed: Bellarine’s top things to do this summer 

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From splashing and sliding to rocking and riding, there’s plenty to keep families and visitors of all ages entertained on the Bellarine this summer. Check out our top 5 must-do experiences: 


Portarlington Grand Hotel

Recapturing an era when paddle steamers traversed Port Phillip Bay, the historic Portarlington Grand Hotel offers a boutique experience with a local welcome for all. Stay for a while, visit for a meal, and reunite with friends and family.

A taste of things to come this summer

Ice cream at the beach … could there be anything better? Well, maybe donuts or fish and chips at the beach!

Whatever your food preference, you’ll find a great range of food options to accompany your summer holiday at Bellarine Bayside.

Bennetts on Bellarine

Known for its laid-back atmosphere and fantastic view, the Cellar Door at Bennetts on Bellarine is a must-visit on the Bellarine Peninsula. Located at the corner of Portarlington Road and McAdams Lane, it is the perfect spot to stop for a bottle of wine, delicious food and some live music while out for a day on the Bellarine. 

Holiday Park Food Truck vendor sought

A sought-after vacancy is available for licensed mobile food and beverage vendors to apply for a 10-month permit to operate a food truck at the Portarlington Holiday Park.

Scotchmans Hill

Scotchmans Hill is the oldest and largest winery on the Bellarine Peninsula and is in the top 100 Wineries of Australia, producing world-class cool maritime climate wines.

Established in 1982, Scotchmans Hill continues its tradition of producing hand-crafted award-winning wines with a reputation for producing the gold standard in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Shiraz.

Lethbridge @ Hat Rock Cellar Door

The Lethbridge @ Hat Rock Cellar Door is located at our Hat Rock vineyard on the Bellarine Peninsula. The vineyard was first planted in 1996 and is a fairly uniform black basalt-derived clay soil type.

Have you visited Portarlington lately?

With a population of around 4500 residents, Portarlington still enjoys the village atmosphere cherished by locals and visitors. However recent improvements to the town, easier access thanks to the ferry service from Melbourne, as well as a post-COVID domestic travel revival, have led to new generations discovering its charms.

Food Truck EOI now open

A highly sought-after vacancy is available for licensed mobile food and beverage vendors to apply for a one-year permit to operate a food truck at the Portarlington Pier Vendor Area.

We’re all fired up for winter – here’s why!

Winter is coming, but don’t let that keep you away from the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula. In fact, it’s when things really fire up around here.

Book yourself a cosy pod or cabin, pack the van or camper, and start planning your winter getaway.

Expressions of Interest for Sirens Boathouse & Kiosk

Expressions of Interest are now invited from interested parties for a permit to provide a suitable commercial business or community activity from the Sirens Boathouse & Kiosk.

Trial of campfires and dog-friendly accommodation at Portarlington Holiday Park

Expressions of Interest are now invited from licensed mobile food and beverage vendors to apply for a two-year permit to operate a mobile donut van at the Portarlington Pier Vendor Area.

Plan your Beach Pod stay

Don’t you just love this time of year? The cooler autumn weather means cosy nights, crisp mornings and glorious days – just perfect for a mini-break by the beach.

If you haven’t stayed in one of our Beach Pods at the Portarlington Holiday Park yet, now is the perfect time, with better availability (especially mid-week) and shoulder season rates making a quick getaway even more appealing.

Community Foreshore BBQ

Please join us on Thursday, 16 February from 5 – 7 pm for an informal BBQ, an opportunity to meet members of the Bellarine Bayside Committee to celebrate another successful year.

OPEN DAY at Point Richards Flora and Fauna Reserve

Please join us on Saturday, 11 February between 10am and 1pm for an Open Day at Point Richards Flora and Fauna Reserve. Through talks, guided walks, displays and activities we will showcase all that the flora and fauna reserve has to offer.

Bellarine Estate

Bellarine Estate is one of the oldest family-owned wineries on the Bellarine and is in a wine region recognised globally as the best location to produce Pinot Noir.

Established in 1996, Bellarine Estate continues its family tradition with a second generation of the family ensuring they handcraft exceptional estate-grown wines.

 The forecast for summer is … tasty!

This summer we’re bringing guests a great range of food vans catering to a wide range of tastes.

Bell Tent Massage

Listen to the ocean as you enjoy a luxurious massage in a beautiful bell tent by the bay.

Rachel Beamish owns and works as the lead Massage Therapist at Bell Tent Massage.

Zero Gravity Health

Zero Gravity Health is a health, wellness, and recovery clinic. It has been designed to provide you with multiple different modalities to cater for your health, wellness, and recovery needs in one convenient and wonderfully positioned area.

Nature journalling workshop

🌿 Nature Journalling Workshop 🍃 Join Bellarine Bayside and the Port Arts Network for a FREE outdoor art class. Please note, this class is aimed at adults.

Colour your world these school holidays

Expressions of Interest are now invited from licensed mobile food and beverage vendors to apply for a two-year permit to operate a mobile donut van at the Portarlington Pier Vendor Area.

Expressions of Interest for Donut Van operators

Expressions of Interest are now invited from licensed mobile food and beverage vendors to apply for a two-year permit to operate a mobile donut van at the Portarlington Pier Vendor Area.

Fine food, wine and cosy fires – what’s not to love!

The air is cool but fires are roaring and hospitality is always warm at many of our favourite wineries and hotels on the Bellarine. With another month of winter still ahead, make the most of it.

Warm up this winter on the Bellarine

Excitement is high as we head into the long weekend (10-13 June) and prepare for Portarlington’s biggest party in years. The National Celtic Festival makes a welcome return with non-stop music, markets, dancing,  workshops, food, bars and fun. 

Organisers have gathered the best folk and celtic artists and performers to celebrate the long-awaited return of the festival. 

Make the most of the Festival Shuttle Bus which is free for all ticketed patrons and includes pick-up and drop-off at our holiday park in Portarlington.

Portarlington Golf Club

It’s near the beach, but it’s not a links … it has some beautiful trees, but it’s not a parklands course, either.

You can play championship events here, or just knock about on a shorter layout with your mates.

Portarlington Golf Club Bistro

The bistro at Portarlington Golf Club is about sharing great food, great occasions and great people!

Menu items are a tasty mix of modern and traditional cuisine, featuring flavours you’d expect from our beautiful neck of the woods, but with influences from around the world.

Toot-toot! School holidays are on again

Check out some of the great fun things to do these school holidays.

Events are back – and that’s music to our ears

While summer on the Bellarine is pretty hard to beat, the cooler months are when things really heat up – especially if you’re a music lover.

Music events are back big time, so start planning your next stay and catch a fantastic concert while in town.

Beach pods are coming to Portarlington!

Unique new accommodation is coming to the holiday park at Portarlington!

Summer of fun – and more to come!

2022 started with a bit of a wobble thanks to the Omicron COVID-19 variant, but with our robust COVIDSafe plan in place, it’s been a summer of fun so far at Bellarine Bayside.

Indented Head Beach to Bush Walk

The Indented Head Beach to Bush Walk showcases the best that Indented Head has to offer – the natural beauty of a quiet and friendly community.

Summer is looking a whole lot of twisted fun

While you’ve been away (or locked down) for the winter, we’ve been working hard to make your holiday parks even better, so you might see some changes when you return.

You’re invited to our Annual Community Meeting

While you’ve been away (or locked down) for the winter, we’ve been working hard to make your holiday parks even better, so you might see some changes when you return.

Flying Brick Bellarine Sunset Run

Held annually on the second Saturday of February, the Flying Brick Bellarine Sunset Run event is a light coastal trail event between Portarlington and St Leonards on the northern Bellarine Peninsula foreshore.

Take a peek at our park improvements

While you’ve been away (or locked down) for the winter, we’ve been working hard to make your holiday parks even better, so you might see some changes when you return.

Portarlington Community Market

The Lions Club of Portarlington/Drysdale coordinates the monthly Portarlington Community Market on the fourth Sunday of each month from September to April. 

The market hosts up to 150 traders offering a wide variety of arts and crafts, hardware, books, fashion, secondhand goods, fresh, preserved and ready-to-eat food products, and much more. 

Mobile food van Expressions of Interest NOW OPEN!

Expressions of Interest are now invited from licensed mobile food and beverage vendors to apply for a permit to operate at designated areas between Portarlington and St Leonards.

Sail Bellarine

Sail Bellarine sailing regatta takes place on the first weekend of May every year and attracts sailors from around the country to participate in a weekend of racing at Indented Head Yacht Club.

Manzanillo Grove

Manzanillo Grove is a biodynamic grove with over 4500 olive trees and 7 different varieties that was established in 1997 in the fertile valleys of the Bellarine Peninsula.

They pride themselves in producing a quality Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil that is produced on the property and pressed within 24 hours of being picked, resulting in a quality fruit product.

Lighthouse Olive Oil

The Lighthouse olive grove is located in the heart of the Bellarine with stunning views across the bay to Queenscliff. Lighthouse creates premium, extra virgin olive oils, wholly grown, picked and produced on the farm, with oils ranging from mild, to intense, robust flavours.

The Whiskery

The Whiskery is the cellar door for Bellarine Distillery, the first distillery located on the Bellarine Peninsula!

Located in the original farm shed, The Whiskery is a rustic and inviting space to have a yarn over a cocktail, gin or whisky with friends.

North Bellarine Film Festival

The North Bellarine Film Festival takes place annually in November at the Potato Shed Black Box Theatre in Drysdale.

The festival program is comprised of Australian and international feature and short films and the Emerging Filmmaker Award which is presented to a Victorian filmmaker under twenty-five.

Fishing and Boating

If the ocean is calling your name, it’s time to head to the Bellarine Peninsula!

There is a selection of boat ramps to launch from, including one within our holiday park at Portarlington for the exclusive use of holidaymakers staying in the park.

Ultimate Sea Adventures

Ultimate Sea Adventures is a family-friendly business that caters to and accommodates guests of all different ages and to their individualised needs.

Our goal is to ensure that our customers will have fun and the best experience on Port Phillip Bay.

Point Richards Flora and Fauna Reserve

Point Richards Flora and Fauna Reserve is one of the largest areas of native bushland and ephemeral wetlands on the Bellarine Peninsula. It is dedicated to the conservation of indigenous plants and wildlife.

Bellarine Coastal Trail

The popular Bellarine Coastal Trail is the main walking connection between Portarlington, Indented Head and St Leonards. Extending for 17km, it links up with Ramblers Walk in Portarlington and Edwards Point Wildlife Reserve in St Leonards, creating a network of trails across the northern Bellarine Peninsula.

Terindah Estate

Bringing together award-winning wines, delectable food and spectacular views across Port Phillip Bay, is The Bellarine Peninsula’s most beautiful boutique venue – Terindah Estate.

Located less than 80 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD and only 20 minutes from Geelong, we offer cellar door wine tastings daily as well as lunch in The Shed Thursday through to Monday.

Portarlington Charity Carnival

The Portarlington Charity Carnival has been entertaining locals and tourists alike for more than 60 years. It is a major part of the town each summer, and gives a portion of its proceeds back to local organisations each year.

Portarlington Tennis Club

Portarlington Tennis Club is located in the Portarlington Recreation Reserve, directly opposite our year-round holiday park.

The club has newly refurbished courts, including lights for those night-time games! These courts are available for a small fee (book using the form below), or you can play for free on the older, back courts.

Indented Head Tennis Court and Basketball Facility

Indented Head is home to a recently upgraded tennis court featuring an inspirational Indigenous artwork by a local Wadawurrung artist. Titled Bellawiyn, this amazing mural has been awarded a National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Heritage Award for Interpretation of a Heritage Place, telling the story of the local area and must be seen to be believed.

Daniel’s Donuts

Daniel’s Donuts Portarlington has a beautiful offer of delicious donuts, coffee, pies and milkshakes. With over 50 varieties of donuts, there is something to suit everyone’s taste. There are also Vegan and gluten free options available.

Portarlington Bayside Miniature Railway

Portarlington Bayside Miniature Railway Inc, situated near the corner of Point Richards and Boat Roads, Portarlington, operates Geelong’s only passenger-carrying miniature railway through the voluntary efforts of its members and volunteers.

Basils Farm

Basils Farm is home to a vineyard, Café and Cellar Door, located on the shores of Swan Bay, overlooking Queenscliff.

This picturesque location invites you to share a bottle of wine, whilst enjoying a house-made dish.

Explore the Bellarine on foot with five of our favourite walks

From bush to beach, across town and wetlands, the northern Bellarine has no shortage of places to explore on foot, with something for all ages and fitness levels. Here are five our favourites.

Bellarine Railway

The Bellarine Railway is a volunteer-operated organisation formed in 1970 and features a unique collection of steam and diesel trains originating from around Australia.

Steam train trips are offered on Sundays, most public holidays and extra days during the school holidays.

Adventure Park

Adventure Park is Victoria’s biggest water theme park, located on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula, just 15 minutes from our holiday park and the centre of Geelong.

The park’s huge lineup of rides and attractions make it the ultimate destination for families in summer.

Port Phillip Ferries

Port Phillip Ferries is not just a passenger ferry service. We connect people and experiences, and we’re on a mission to transform daily travel between Melbourne and the Geelong and Bellarine regions, one cruise at a time.

Wondering what to do these school holidays?

Five ideas to keep the family busy these school holidays

Why the Bellarine is actually better in winter

Whether visiting for a weekend or a week, winter is the perfect time to soak up all the Bellarine Peninsula has to offer.

Indented Head Tennis Court and Basketball Facility officially launched

The new Indented Head Tennis Court and Basketball Facility was officially opened on Wednesday, 7 April by City of Greater Geelong Councillor Jim Mason, Bellarine Bayside CEO Bruce Elliot and Indented Head Community Association Secretary Ingrid Novosel.

Five reasons why Bellarine Bayside is the perfect base for your next family holiday

Looking for the perfect Victorian beach escape that’s close enough, yet still feels a world way? A stay-cation at Bellarine Bayside Holiday Park could just be the best family getaway you’ll have this year.

New Year’s Eve fireworks cancelled

We have made the decision to cancel the New Year’s Eve Family Fireworks display in Portarlington due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We feel this is the most appropriate decision given the current COVIDSafe requirements set by the State Government.

Indented Head Tennis Court redevelopment

The Indented Head Tennis Court is set for a rebuild thanks to the Indented Head Community Association, the City of Greater Geelong and Bellarine Bayside

Bellarine Bayside appoints new CEO

Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management (Bellarine Bayside) is delighted to announce the appointment of Bruce Elliot as CEO, effective Monday, 13 July 2020. Bruce will work alongside the current CEO, John Nankervis in the preceding week.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

In response to coronavirus some of our services have changed, and will continue to do so, based on government advice.

CEO announces retirement

John Nankervis, Chief Executive Officer of Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management (Bellarine Bayside) has announced his intention to retire.

While Mr Nankervis will not be stepping down from the role until July this year, the Committee will begin the recruitment process for a new CEO this weekend.

Have your say – Draft Northern Bellarine Coastal and Marine Management Plan

Bellarine Bayside has released the Draft Northern Bellarine Coastal and Marine Management Plan (the Draft CMMP) for public consultation.

The Draft CMMP has been developed in accordance with the Marine and Coastal Act 2018 following a review of the previous strategic plan and extensive consultation with community, partner agencies and stakeholders.

December Cabin Special – kids stay and play free!

Christmas has come early with this unbeatable December holiday offer: book one of our self-contained cabins for a minimum two nights in December (up to and including Christmas Day) – and kids stay and play for free!* 

Put your feet up as the kids will be fully entertained with loads of in-park activities including one hour free use of the buggies, plus giant games, treasure hunt, jumping pillows, barbecue areas and playgrounds.

Community consultation on Point Richards boating facility upgrade

The Point Richards boating facility is getting an upgrade thanks to the State Government’s unprecedented investment in boating in Victoria through their new branch, Better Boating Victoria (BBV). This project is part of the Government’s $47.2 million commitment to deliver urgent upgrades to six of the state’s busiest public boat ramps, remove parking and launching fees and review infrastructure management at Port Phillip and Western Port.

Redeveloped Portarlington playground open!

There is a sensational new place for families to explore and play in Portarlington after the official opening of the Portarlington & Drysdale Community Bank Branches Play Space at WG Little Reserve.

Glamping available for the National Celtic Festival

Bellarine Bayside are bringing glamping to the Portarlington Holiday Park for the National Celtic Festival weekend (7-10 June).

Walking distance to the festival site, fully set up on arrival and with a range of comfortable bed setups available, this is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the winter festival and experience a unique and comfortable camping experience.

W.G. Little Reserve playground redevelopment

Bellarine Bayside are proud to announce that W.G. Little Reserve in Portarlington will soon be home to a new playground thanks to contributions from a range of funding bodies.

A primary funding partnership with the Portarlington & Drysdale Community Bank branches of the Bendigo Bank has contributed significant funding to make this project possible.

Have your say!

Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management (Bellarine Bayside) is reviewing its current Foreshore Plan (this includes The Northern Bellarine Foreshore Plan 2012 and Master Plan 2013) to create a new Coastal and Marine Management Plan (CMMP) in accordance with the Marine and Coastal Act 2018.

Glamping arrives in Portarlington!

Bellarine Bayside have partnered with Twilight Glamping to bring a new accommodation option to the Portarlington Holiday Park.

From now until the end of April you can book a unique and comfortable camping experience, all set up for you on arrival!

Tenders invited – external audit services

Bellarine Bayside, a public entity incorporated under the Crown Lands (Reserves) Act 1978, is calling for tenders from accounting/audit firms operating in greater-Geelong area to provide external audit services for an initial period of three (3) years commencing with the audit of accounts for the current year ending 30 June 2019.

A look at Caring For Our Bays

Bellarine Bayside has supported the Caring for our Bays program for many years now and we are very happy to feature in this wonderful promotional video showcasing the great things that the program achieves in our area. 

Portarlington’s Parks Hall Management Handover

Lease negotiations between the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) and Bellarine Bayside have now been completed.

January 14, 2019 saw the management of the Parks Hall complex in Portarlington change from Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management to CoGG.

Indented Head Community Hall … looking good!

The renovation and rejuvenation works on this grand, old hall have been completed bang on schedule! The much-loved and much-utilised local asset is looking all the better for the removal of its asbestos and injection of modern materials, new roof and a  few layers of fresh paint to enhance its functionality and character.

Take The Lead

The northern Bellarine dog walking regulations have been adopted by the City of Greater Geelong. The team at Bellarine Bayside have recently completed installing signage along our foreshore and we appreciate your patience during this time of transition.

Indented Head Community Hall Roof Replacement Works

Project Summary:

The roof of the iconic Indented Head Community Hall was replaced in November / December 2018 after our member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville, supported by Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management, successfully sought funding via a State government grant to fund the project. 

The roof had served its purpose well since the building was constructed in the 1950s but has reached the end of its life and required replacement.

Bayside Alive! Community Day a success

We had a blast yesterday at the Bayside Alive! Community Planting day. 

Bayside Alive! is an environmental education and engagement program focussing on our natural and ‘alive’ coastline. 

The aim of the program is for Bellarine Bayside to provide fun and informative activities and opportunities for the community. 

Convenor Mr Steve Boothroyd Retires

Mr Steve Boothroyd, who has fulfilled the role of convenor of the Friends of Pt Richards Group for the last 20 years, has recently resigned from his role.

The Friends of Pt Richards Flora & Fauna Reserve help protect and restore the biodiversity of this 62 ha reserve.

2019 National Celtic Festival

Bellarine Bayside is once again extremely pleased to be a Principal Community Partner of National Celtic Music Festival. This winter festival is regarded as Australia’s premier Celtic Festival and attracts over 15,000 people to the region over the three day long weekend event each June. 

Bellarine Sunset Run

The fourth annual Flying Brick Bellarine Sunset Run has been and gone! It all happened on the Northern Bellarine Coastal Trail between Portarlington and St Leonards. This trail showcases our very own northern Bellarine foreshore with its spectacular views of Melbourne’s skyline and the You Yangs in the distance.

Meet the new Committee at our Annual Community Meeting

Each year Bellarine Bayside presents information on the past financial year at the Annual Community Meeting. With the introduction of a new Committee in September this was delayed and will now be held on Thursday 30 November 2017.

Community Waterwatch Day

On Sunday 24 September 2017 Bellarine Bayside hosted a Community Waterwatch Day at Indented Head in partnership with Corangamite Catchment Management Authority.

The day focused on water quality in drains that flow in to Port Phillip Bay and despite the cold and windy morning about a dozen community members attended to learn more about water quality testing and soon-to-commence environmental enhancement project at the Indented Head saltmarsh.

Red-capped plover workshop

Bellarine Bayside in partnership with Birdlife Australia recently hosted a red-capped plover monitoring workshop at the Indented Head Community Hall. Not to be confused with other plover species such as the hooded plover or the commonly encountered spur-winger plover, the red-capped is the most widespread of Australia’s beach-nesting shorebirds.

Summer Vendors Expressions of Interest NOW OPEN!

Expressions of interest are now invited from licensed Food Vendors and Holiday Activity providers to provide a variety of eating options and services to Bellarine Bayside holiday park residents, day-trippers and tourists to the northern Bellarine during the upcoming holiday season.

National Tree Day at Pt Richards Flora & Fauna Reserve

On Sunday 30 July more than 80 community members came together at the Pt Richards Flora and Fauna Reserve to plant approximately 600 local, native species to celebrate National Tree Day.

St Leonards Community Environment Day

It was a beautiful Sunday morning on 9 July when almost 30 local community members gathered at Miller Boys Memorial to engage in some winter planting with Bellarine Bayside. With the weather turning it on, our enthusiastic volunteers made light work of getting 600 plants in the ground.


NAIDOC week represents a time for all Australians to celebrate the rich history, culture and achievements of our nation’s first people. It is an opportunity to reflect on and recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

Summer Holiday Activities

Bellarine Bayside in partnership with various organisations and community groups are hosting a series of activities this summer. All activities are weather-dependent. Kelly Sports activities can be booked through the Kelly Sports website, Summer by the Sea activities are FREE (just turn up on the day) and the Bellarine Party Shop craft activities can be booked at the Portarlington Holiday Park reception office, but get in quick these sessions are filling up fast!

Portarlington PS Environmental Education Day

On Friday 30 June 2017, Portarlington Primary School Grades 3 through 6 participated in an Environmental Education Day with Bellarine Bayside, Bellarine LandcareBellarine Catchment Network and the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre.

Community Consultation Phase for the Northern Bellarine Dog Orders

Bellarine Bayside would like to thank the community for the very high standard of submissions received in response to the exhibition of the draft dog orders for the northern Bellarine.

Successful tenderer for Port Pier Cafe

The successful tenderer for the Port Pier Cafe site is local businessman, Mitchell Kovacic, who currently operates the popular Saints and Sailors venue in Portarlington. Mitchell’s new venture on the foreshore will be a cafe-style venue open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with takeaway options.

Community Environment Days

Bellarine Bayside is encouraging our local communities to come along to our upcoming Community Environment Days and other environmental interest days such as film nights. Our first event kicks off on Sunday 9 July (coinciding with NAIDOC Week) at the Miller Boys Memorial in St Leonards from 10am to 1pm.

Environmental education with our local schools

Each year Bellarine Bayside partners with local, environmental organisations (Bellarine Catchment Network and the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre in 2017) to educate our primary school children on their local coastal environment and encourage the kids to become environmental heroes for the Northern Bellarine.

World Environment Day

Breathe in the beauty and remember that by keeping our planet healthy, we keep ourselves healthy too.

In recognition of this year’s World Environment Day theme ‘explore the nature you love’, Bellarine Bayside is asking our community to get acquainted with your environment and explore the amazing species in your everyday world!

Draft Dog Control Orders released for public consultation

Bellarine Bayside in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong is currently reviewing the Dog Control Orders for the Northern Bellarine reserves between Portarlington and St Leonards.

Indented Head Boat Sheds

The iconic boat sheds on the Indented Head foreshore have always attracted a lot of interest from locals, visitors and holidaymakers, but available permits were few and far between with a large wait list.

Expressions of Interest for new Committee members now open

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change is seeking expressions of interest from additional community members to join the Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management.

Nurturing nature with the Bellarine Nature Cadets

Twelve local schoolchildren aged between 9 and 13 years were inducted as Bellarine Nature Cadets at Portarlington Neighbourhood House on Wednesday 8 February 2017. The Bellarine Nature Cadets is a joint program between Bellarine Bayside and Portarlington Neighbourhood House and aims at getting kids involved with nature, learning about environmental values and conservation issues in their local region.

FOR SALE: Licence to Boat Shed No. 11

Did you ever want to own a prime patch of beach real estate?

The licence to Boat Shed No. 11 at Indented Head is now for sale. Contact Luke Campbell at Neville Richards Real Estate on 03 5257 1778 to find out more about the purchase of this boat shed licence. 

Green Army Graduates!

In 2015 Bellarine Bayside together with Barwon Coast, Parks Victoria, Bellarine Landcare and Bellarine Catchment Network secured funding for a Green Army team to work on the Bellarine Peninsula in various aspects of conservation and environmental management.

Tree Removal Update

As many of you are aware from our social media posts, a large number of at risk trees were recently removed from the Portarlington Holiday Park. The removal works were completed well ahead of schedule which means that the landscaping plan and other additional works in this area will be completed well before Christmas.

Trees uprooted in freak storm

On Sunday 9 October a freak storm event lashed Victoria with gale force winds over 100km/h. This event brought down several large trees in and around the Portarlington Holiday Park. A risk assessment of nearby trees is currently underway.

PHASE 2 SURVEY NOW OPEN Camping and Accommodation Strategy

Do you holiday on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula?

Are you interested in the future of Bellarine Bayside camping reserves and holiday parks?  

Do you have ideas to share?  Comments to make?

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Camping and Accommodation Strategy

Do you live or holiday on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula?

Are you interested in the future of Bellarine camping reserves and holiday parks?  

Do you have ideas to share?  Comments to make?

Captured Coasts: Conference Field Trip

The recent Coast to Coast conference held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from 29 August to 1 September included a field trip to the Bellarine Peninsula that was sponsored by Bellarine Bayside. This field trip was guided by geomorphologist Neville Rosengren and geotechnical engineer Tony Miner together with local land managers.

Green Army: Jessica

Based in Geelong, Jessica is currently working in the Northern Bellarine Green Army Team that is supported by Conservation Volunteers Australia and hosted by Bellarine Bayside, Barwon Coast, Parks Victoria, Bellarine Landcare and Bellarine Catchment Network.

Gordon TAFE student designs educational signs

In 2014 Bellarine Bayside was allocated $4800 as part of the Coastcare Community Grants Program to improve the natural condition of the Indented Head saltmarsh.  The funds were allocated to weed and litter removal, revegetation with indigenous species, and community engagement to increase environmental awareness of the saltmarsh-wetland, which is a nationally protected ecological vegetation class.

Planting tradition continues at Indented Head

n the 1950s, Josiah Windmill planted two pine trees in front of what is now the Indented Head Community Hall to commemorate the opening of the Indented Head boatshed. This honour was bestowed upon Josiah, a blue stone quarry worker, due to his instrumental role in the development of the popular community space.

Green Army Helps Preserve Critical Coastal Habitat

Bellarine Bayside, together with Barwon Coast, Bellarine Landcare, Bellarine Catchment Network, and Parks Victoria, are currently hosting a Green Army team with support from Conservation Volunteers Australia.

Fauna surveys to commence at Pt Richards

A series of fauna surveys will be undertaken at the Pt Richards Flora and Fauna Reserve over the coming months with the Geelong Field Naturalists Club. The first set of surveys will commence on Thursday 7 July.

Creating an Indigenous Garden with St Leonards Primary School

Bellarine Bayside, together with Bellarine Landcare, supported St Leonards Primary School Grade 4 class in the establishment of a starfish-shaped indigenous garden. The garden has been created around their commemorative 1975 centenary sundial and will provide a diverse habitat to support native bees and butterflies.

St Leonards Pier Clean Up

On Saturday 18 June, Bellarine Bayside supported The Dive Victoria Group and Bellarine Catchment Network to clean up litter at St Leonards Pier. While a group of dedicated divers braved the cold water to collect litter in and around the pier, a group of community members collected litter along the foreshore and in the car park.

Winter Community Planting Days

Every winter, as part of our on-going conservation effort, Bellarine Bayside hosts three winter community planting days, one in each of our three local communities. Bellarine Bayside relies on your help to ensure the success of our winter planting program and we encourage you to actively participate in these days.

Have you ventured into the Point Richards Flora and Fauna Reserve?

The Friends of Pt Richards received funds in 2015 from Bellarine Bayside that have been allocated towards the construction of a picnic rotunda at the Point Richards Rd entrance to the Point Richards Flora and Fauna Reserve.

Bellarine MP Lisa Neville announces local boat ramp funding

Bellarine MP, Lisa Neville announced a $520 336 investment into recreational boating infrastructure for the Bellarine on Monday 22 February at the Indented Head boat ramp.

Local schools learn about their environment

St Leonards and Portarlington Primary Schools each participated in an environmental education day with Bellarine Bayside and Bellarine Catchment Network to learn more about the nature of their local environment.

Green Army coming to the Northern Bellarine

Bellarine Bayside is excited to announce that as part of a multi-stakeholder partnership we have successfully obtained funding from the Federal Government in round four of the Green Army programme. The Green Army is a hands-on, practical environmental action programme that supports local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia.

New Boating Zone Pile Installation Works

Pile installation works over the next two weeks.

As part of the rollout of the new Boating Zones for the Northern Bellarine the following proposed works will be in operation, subject to the review of weather conditions.

35 Years Service at Portarlington Holiday Park – Wayne Trewin

In July 2015 our Caravan & Camping Manager at Portarlington Holiday Park, Wayne Trewin (affectionately known as Pud), clocked up 35 years service working for Bellarine Bayside and it’s predecessors. Wayne started with the organisation as a fresh-faced 17-year-old.

Beach Profiling at St Leonards

The Northern Bellarine coastline is a highly dynamic environment susceptible to coastal processes that drive erosion. In an effort to mitigate the consequences of erosion, Bellarine Bayside implements strategic best management practices across the coastline.

2018-19 Summer Activity Program Providers and Food Vendors

Expression of Interest applications are invited from interested parties for the following 2018-19 holiday season opportunities:

a variety of eating options and services a variety of holiday activities and entertainment options.