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Portarlington Cruise Ship Anchored

2018 Geelong Cruise Ships February

Category : Events

Information on the Cruise Ships scheduled to visit Geelong for February 2018.

Each cruise ship has themed tours which are pre-booked by some of the guests before arrival to various locations around the Geelong and Bellarine region.

Many visit the Portarlington area Wineries on some of these pre-arranged tours.

Saturday 17th February
The Seven Seas Navigator is tendering into the Royal Geelong Yacht Club from 8am – 7pm.  This ship has approx. 450 guests on board.

Tuesday 20th February
The Seabourn Encore is tendering into the Royal Geelong Yacht Club from 7am – 3pm.  This ship has approx. 800 guests on board.

A shuttle bus will be provided which goes around Central Geelong (The Gardens, Gallery and National Wool Museum), this will run every half hour with a volunteer guide on the bus.

Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine also have volunteers to offer meet and greet to the passengers as they disembark and embark the ship.
The volunteers are briefed and have sound knowledge of things to see and do in the region – this includes tours, wineries, attractions etc.

They also have access to visitor guides and maps which list all members of tourism.

Portarlington Looking South

Portarlington in FEB 2018 Jetstar Magazine

Category : Blog , Ferry News

Just to let you know of a fantastic article featuring Portarlington in this month’s Jetstar Magazine.

Freelance journalist Tim Richards travelled to Portarlington on Port Phillip Ferries in November 2017 and did a couple of activities and stayed in Port as organised by Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine.

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Tim’s article that now appears in all Jetstar Magazines inflight for the whole month of February – starting today.

Inflight magazines cater to a very captivated audience. I’m one of them, always flicking through the magazine when I travel and getting inspired. As researched by Jetstar, nearly 70% (68.6%) read as an activity when they are taking their flight.

As of 2016, 1.6m passengers travelled with Jetstar on average each month. The magazine is available in every seat pocket of the Jetstar Airways fleet on every flight. There are 75 aircraft travelling to 34 destinations.

Happy reading! There is mention of some great local businesses in there.

The whole article equates to $40K in advertising spend.

Narelle Needham
Marketing & Communications Officer
Level 1, 48 Brougham Street, GEELONG VIC 3220

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Portarlington Cruise Ship Jan 2018

A cruise ship in Portarlington JAN 2018

cruise ship in Portarlington? That is something to see!

by Pauline Campbell, Portarlington resident, 23rd Jan 2018

I am standing on our balcony looking at this! I missed the spectacle of seeing her sail past but there she is, sitting serenely out there, the very first cruise ship to visit the township of Portarlington, Victoria. Not Geelong – as I heard on the radio (SmoothFM!)

A hint of Melbourne’s skyline for contrast.
Gotta go throw on a frock and head down there for a much closer look. I can do that because I am not in working tour guide mode! However if I spot a microphone……

Portarlington Cruise Ship Jan 2018

Naturally I will be having a look tomorrow. As an interested party! Having worked with the various cruise lines over the years, this is not a ship I’m familiar with or have worked with as a professional Tour Guide over the last 15 years.

It is an exciting time for the town.

Cruise ship visit Portarlington, Victoria.

Over 2000 plus passengers. With the ferry there, I am sure there will be photo opportunities for me to capture some of the excitement. It will be bumper to bumper traffic of all kinds! Geelong was cancelled as an anchor point, something about the lack of depth in the shipping channel to Geelong.

First cruise ship to visit the township of Portarlington, Victoria. Not Geelong

Passengers will be tendered to shore to the recently completed Portarlington Safe Harbour floating berth they have to share in turn with the Ferry.

At the Rockpool cafe at the Pier on the day we chatted with two crew members. One told us he was able to disembark, while his colleagues had to remain on board. He said the passengers came from The USA, Canada, Germany, The UK and Australia.

Very first cruise ship to visit the township of Portarlington, Victoria.

There is often a moment you wish didn’t happen. I mentioned the kangaroo costume meeting and greeting by the Pier, inviting the passengers arriving on the new Safe Harbour pier for photo opportunities. “That kangaroo is very ordinary.” I said. “Oh… that was me” the young lady smilingly answered, standing with the friendly crew member mentioned previously.

Cruise ship visit Portarlington, Victoria.

Learn the instant art of backtracking at these moments.

A Canadian woman also spoke to us, asking relevant questions about the local area and City of Melbourne and recommending her home town of Vancouver for a visit.

Visiting the shops in the main street later, all seemed happy with the increased patronage and subsequent sales on the day.

portarlington cruise ship
Images by Pauline Campbell

PBDA-Business Breakfast

March 2017 PBDA Business Breakfast

Category : Blog , Events

March 2017

Our first PBDA Business Breakfast went off really well.

With special thanks to President John Rae as MC, and our three great speakers; Cameron, Connie & Lyndsay.

We filled Saints and Sailors in Portarlington, and many PBDA Members said they are looking forward to our next PBDA Breakfast.

The Northern Bellarine Transport Action Group (NBTAG) are holding a public meeting

Your assistance is required to support the upgrade of public transport services on the North Bellarine.

The Northern Bellarine Transport Action Group (NBTAG) are holding a public meeting on Friday, 10th March 2017, 2:00-3:00 at the Bayview Room Parks Hall in Portarlington, and your attendance and support would be greatly appreciated.

Lisa Neville – Member for Bellarine will be the guest speaker.

Portarlington Ferry in Safe Harbour

Proposed ferry service from Portarlington into Collins Landing

“We are interested in running a ferry service from Wyndham, Portarlington and Williamstown into Collins Landing.”


Mr Little told Fairfax Media on Tuesday 20th OCT. 2015.

The ferries would dock in the heart of the Docklands precinct in Melbourne and Mr Little says the economics and viability of the services are being rigorously modelled.


SeaLink is eyeing expansion into other cities and in Melbourne is working on several options including a trial of a passenger service from Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula across Port Phillip Bay to Melbourne. Mr Ellison said the company has held preliminary discussions with Mr Little’s private companies. The trend for state governments to want to get cars off increasingly clogged roads in Sydney and Melbourne delivers strong growth opportunities for ferry passenger services, he said.

Fast forward to February 2018 –  A daily dedicated Docklands to Portarlington Ferry is now part of the seascape.

The Portarlington Safe Harbour has just been officially completed with a dedicated floating berth for the Ferry and Cruise Ship tenders if visiting.

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