Portarlington Ferry and Bayside Miniature Railway

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Posted 2023-09-18 by Nadine Cresswell-Myattfollow

Kids love riding on ferries and trains. And with this great day excursion, they can do both.

The ferry departs from Docklands, Victoria Harbour Promenade, directly across the street from Marvel Stadium.

The trip takes 1.5 hours, slow cruising from Docklands to Williamstown then faster across the wider bay until you spot the beaches and hills of Portarlington. There are lots of opportunities for great views and photos: the Melbourne CBD skyline, and going under the Bolte Bridge and Westgate Bridge. And kids love seeing the large container ships and the tug boats. Adults do too!

The ferry costs:

Adult $18.50 one-way $37.00 return
Concession & Seniors $17.00 one-way $34.00 return
Children (4-16yrs inc.) $11.00 one-way $22.00 return
Infants (under 4yrs) Free

But during the September School Holidays - Saturday 16 September – Sunday 1 October 2023

Kids 4-16 Go Free :
Using Code: PPFKidsFree in the promo code field under your children’s names during the booking process


Portarlington Bayside Miniature Railway is situated just along the Portarlington foreshore. The railway sits within 8 hectares of open picturesque native parklands and features a vintage Railway Station and Signal Box with an undercover platform. This is Australia's only foreshore railway, featuring miniature tracks in 7.25 and 5-inch gauges. It's a unique railway that showcases a vintage Railway Station and Signal Box, with a covered platform for up to 70 guests.

As the train departs from Point Richards Station you'll feel the exhilaration of the freshness of the ocean breeze, as the train winds through the picturesque parklands.

You will need to check the TIMETABLE . But sample dates include:

Wednesday, 20 September -11 am to 3 pm
Wednesday, 27 September - 11 am to 3 pm
Sunday, 01 October - 11 am to 4 pm

Rides are $4 each or you can buy a family pass.

There are BBQs, picnic tables and a kiosk.

In Portarlington, there's lots for families to do including the Portarlington Playground with views across the water. Recently redeveloped for kids of all ages, this playground features play equipment alongside nature-based play options. There are coastal-themed art installations, play sculptures, native gardens, water play, climbing ropes, a nest swing, balancing logs, a mini-trampoline, slides, and swings.

A separate play area is available for toddlers. Older kids will love the flying fox and
Skate Ramp.

Portarlington also has a variety of eateries such as Edina Waterfront Café which has picturesque views across the water. As well as adult meals Edina offers some special treats for kids.

Portarlington Pierview Lolly Shop and Daniel Donuts are fun attractions for all ages. Choose from over 150 different lolly varieties from Australia and across the globe. Daniels Donuts serves great coffee and offers 40 varieties of doughnuts!

The township is famous for its mussels and The Little Mussel Cafe is fully licenced and offers a seafood menu (as well as coffee and cakes). The venue is near the pier, so you can watch the boats come in with their catch of the day.

For more information:

Port Phillip Ferries
(03) 9514 8959
[email protected]


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