Point Richards Boat Ramp Portarlington

Ramp Overview The Point Richards Boat Ramp Portarlington is located just outside of Corio Bay, directly onto Port Phillip Bay. While now free to use, sadly like…

Ramp Overview

The Point Richards Boat Ramp Portarlington is located just outside of Corio Bay, directly onto Port Phillip Bay.

While now free to use, sadly like so many other Victorian Boat ramps, Point Richards boat ramp could use some TLC.

On my last visit, one lane was only usable with a four-wheel drive, while the other was choked with washed-up seaweed that looked as if it’d been there for months.

In terms of access, once launched, you’re on the cusp of Corio Bay, within Port Phillip. There’s plenty of flathead, pinkies and snapper action to be had. As well as calamari, Australian Salmon, Trevally and even gummy sharks.

Keep an eye out for the big container ships and tankers coming out of the Geelong port system. They are too big to move out of your way and to darn big to “slam on the brakes.”

Point Richards Boat Ramp Portarlington
Point Richards Boat Ramp Portarlington

I don’t recommend fishing off boat ramps unless a designated area is available.

Give the boaties some room.

Beyond basic courtesy, they do pay their boat & trailer registrations after all!

The beach area adjoining the boat ramp, however, is fine for shore-based fishing.

  • Use a beach rod or surf to get out from the shallows.
  • Keep lines reasonably light.
  • Choose a sinker according to conditions.
  • Just enough to keep it down on the bottom without too much drift.
  • Either a running sinker or a paternoster will work just fine here. Don’t forget berley. Either use a berley cage in place of a sinker – or a berley bucket staked out with a rope and left to wash around in the surf.

Kayak Launching Point Richards Boat Ramp

Look – you certainly could launch from the boat ramp. But given the great beach launching available right around this area you may want to consider forgoing the hustle and bustle and taking that option. That’s tended to be my own preference.

Just keep in mind that when squalls blow up in this area they do so with little warning. So keep an active eye on Meteye please!


Address: Point Richards Boat Ramp, Portarlington VIC, Australia
Lat: -38.1086147
Lng: 144.6305526
Proximity: 103 km from Melbourne via the Princess Highway

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  • Day Trip From Melbourne
  • Plenty of great local accommodation
  • Two boats can launch at a time
  • Small but adequate Docking Area
  • Generally Calm Launching Conditions
  • Free Trailer Parking
  • Free Non-Trailer Car Parking
  • Access Port Phillip Bay


  • Ramp sometimes suffers from sand build-up making 4WD access recommended
  • Can get very busy during peak season

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Good access to Port Phillip bay makes this a great spot to launch from for Snapper, Squid, Whiting and even Gummy Shark fishing.

Can access the central Port Phillip Bay region as well as Corio Bay.

The ramp can get heavily silted with sand.  This can make it tricky for rear-wheel-drive only vehicles.  I wouldn't attempt it at all with front-wheel drive only vehicles.

In my opinion, a 4WD is a good option on this ramp.  Especially when it's silted up.

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I'm Dave, I live and fish in and around Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
When it comes to fishing I love going out to land-based fishing spots, heading out in the tinny (aka an Aluminum Boat) and kayak fishing.

I've been fishing since I was a teen. Beginning way back in the 1970s. It was a hobby I picked up myself as my family certainly had no interest. Making me the black sheep! My favourite fish is Flathead and Snapper. Though I'm partial to Flake (Gummy Shark) and Calamari too! While I enjoy fishing for freshwater species like Redfin and Murray Cod I prefer eating saltwater species. They're just so mouth-wateringly tasty!

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