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.

Ramp Overview

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 too darn big to “slam on the brakes.”

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!

Target Point Richards Boat Ramp Fish Species

Fish Species Quick Info
Australian Salmon
Arripis trutta
All Year Round
Common for schools to move through, chopping up the water before moving on. Can be common during cooler months.
Platycephalus sp
All Year Round
Gummy Shark
Mustelus antarcticus
All Year Round
Larger species are caught in Port Phillip & Western Port during April to July. With the Peak Month considered too be May.
King George whiting
Sillaginodes punctata
November to April
Known to migrate from Victoria to South Australian waters during cooler months.
Mugilidae sp
All Year Round
Can sometimes be the only game in town during cooler weather.
Pinky Snapper
Chrysophrys auratus
All Year Round. But much more prevalent during warmer months.
This name applies to juvenile specimens of Snapper
Chrysophrys auratus
All Year Round. But much more prevalent during warmer months.
Adult specimens often come closer towards shore to feed on reefs during rougher weather in warmer months.
Sepioteuthis australis
All Year Round.
Best fished when waters are clear with little turbulence. Top times can be during June to September.
*Some fish species vary according to time of year and local environmental conditions.

Point Richards Boat Ramp Portarlington Review Summary

Good access to Port Phillip bay makes this a great spot to launch from.

Popular target fish include 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.


  • 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

Features At A Glance

FishabilityBoat Ramp ConditionTrailer Parking
Fish CleaningBoat Cleaning FacilitiesEnvironment & Pollution


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