Portarlington Caravan Park Beach – Shorebased Fishing

The Portarlington Caravan Park beach is just in front of the park. I recommend at and after dusk and then before and just after dawn can be great…

The Portarlington Caravan Park beach is just in front of the park. I recommend at and after dusk and then before and just after dawn can be great for flathead.

Rig either a paternoster or running sinker. Use a beach rod – 10 or more – to get out of the shallows.

Some pretty decent flathead are taken off this area each year.

Sometimes by campers located inside the caravan park – on the beach in front of them.

This is a great spot to introduce the kids to some evening flathead fishing from the beach.

You might like to read my How To Catch Flathead guide for some tips and hints about this awesome table fish.

Seriously – you can’t ask much better than that!

Portarlington Caravan Park Beach – Shorebased Fishing
Portarlington Caravan Park Beach – Shorebased Fishing

While camping here on several occasions I’ve reeled in flatties from the beach – right in front of the tent.  As have other fisho’s I’ve seen who’ve stayed there.

Best times are before and just after dawn and the hours during and just after sunset.

The caravan park is well equipped with ample powered and unpowered sites.  There’s a camp kitchen that’s well-appointed too.  The all-important toilet blocks have always been spotless and well maintained.

One note.  If camping with a tent or annexe directly in front of the beach please do be wary of sudden squalls!

Holding a large tent’s awning extension down by hand with the missus was an experience I’m not likely to want to repeat.

I’ve stayed in a tent and rented one of their cabins. I highly recommend this park for a night or more. It puts you in the centre for a variety of fishing action.

Kayak Launching Off The Beach

Launching a kayak off the beach here is pretty easy. Especially if you’re staying at the caravan park itself. Plenty of options.

You can launch from the beach area itself, or one of the many close-by ones. There’s also the boat ramp available within the Caravan Park itself.


Address: Edina Avenue, Portarlington VIC, Australia
Lat: -38.1085939
Lng: 144.6359043
Proximity: 40 km from Melbourne via Princess Highway

Location Review & Rating


  • Fish from within the Caravan Park. 
  • Good for supervised fishing with the kids
  • Some good flathead taken at times
  • Possible to fish from your campsite if you book a beach frontage site.
  • Excellent park toilets, BBQ's etc
  • Very clean environment.


  • Very busy in peak season. Can make fishing less attractive due to crowds

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The fishing and atmosphere in Portarlington make it one of my favourite overnight fishing destinations.

The township is not large, but well services with shops, restaurants and accommodation.

There are a number of fishing opportunities for land-based fishos right of the beaches and nearby pier and Rockwall.

I highly recommend it.

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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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