The Portarlington Holiday Park Boat Ramp is provided for the caravan and camping patrons.   So it is not a public ramp.

I’ve not personally launched from this ramp.  However, reports from those who have indicated it’s generally in pretty good condition.

My last inspection, October 2019, showed it to be nice for 4wd’s but risky for 2wd vehicles.  This is due to the sand build-up on the ramp.  So I’d advise caution.

Portarlington Boat Ramp Sand Build Up

Like most bayside ramps Portarlington Boat Ramp can get a bit of build-up from washed-up weed and sand.  Watch the back tyres for slipping at low tide. This is why I tend to lean towards recommending it to 4WD users. Especially with heavier boats.

Generally, I carry a bag of kitty litter with me when launching a boat.  It gives my back tyres something to grab if conditions on the ramp warrant it. It’s a cheap, simple and environmentally harmless solution.  Just be sure you buy the fired clay varieties as the newspaper recycled kind isn’t going to work.

On my inspection, at that time, of the Portarlington Holiday Park Boat Ramp, the kitty litter trick wouldn’t have worked this boat ramp. To much sand and weed for my RWD Ford Falcon. Particularly at low tide. I’d not attempt a Front Wheel Drive on this ramp at all!

Given the amount of available beach that’s close by and away from the boaties I recommend choosing another spot for shore-based.

Crowding out boaties is unnecessary, unfair and dangerous to them, you and other members of the public.

Courtesy and consideration will always go to improve our hobby.

To the north and south of the boat ramp are ample clean and clear beaches for casting from the shore.

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.


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