WG Little Reserve, Portarlington

WG Little Reserve, Portarlington


Posted 2018-06-03 by KJfollow
W.G. Little Reserve, Portarlington

W.G. Little Reserve is a popular recreation reserve located in the seaside town of Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula.

The reserve is part of the extensive Portarlington foreshore area and features grass areas, native trees and shrubs, plus a good range of public-use facilities.

At the Newcombe Street entrance, there is a small rotunda which displays a range of information about local tourist attractions and events, holiday accommodation, and parks and reserves on the Bellarine Peninsula.

The reserve features two separate playgrounds set over pine bark. Each playground has a good variety of play equipment that appears to be fairly well maintained.

The smaller playground includes:
  • Bouncy see-saw
  • Slide
  • Noughts and Crosses Board
  • Small Tunnel
  • Wobbly Bridge
  • Chain ladder

  • The larger playground is suited to older children and includes:
  • Flying fox
  • Slides
  • Monkey Bars
  • Balance Beam
  • Wobbly Bridge
  • Fireman's Pole

  • Other facilities
    A public barbecue, picnic tables and rubbish bins are located near the playground, making it the perfect spot for a picnic.

    Further along, there is a public toilet block and a skate park .

    Events at the reserve
    The reserve is used as a general recreation area by locals and tourists alike. It is also used as a venue for community events such as the annual ANZAC day ceremony, as well as for markets and festivals, including:
  • Portarlington Mussel Festival held annually in January
  • National Celtic Festival held annually on the June long weekend
  • Portarlington Primary School Market , held on the last Sunday of each month
  • (make sure you check the market facebook page before attending, as it is sometimes cancelled due to weather conditions).

    Nearby shops
    If you're looking for a bite to eat, Portarlington has a great selection of shops and food outlets, all within walking distance of the reserve.
  • Woolworths is located on Brown Street (approximately 150m away, in a south-west direction).
  • Bakeries and Cafes - There are a number of bakeries and cafes, plus the Grand Hotel Portarlington located on Newcombe Street, all with hot and cold food available.
  • Takeaway Shops - There are also a couple of takeaway shops on Newcombe Street, serving hot food such as fish and chips, dim sims, burgers etc.
  • Ice Cream and Sweets - For those with a sweet tooth, Pier View Lolly Shop is just across the road, and has a great range of lollies, plus slush puppies and ice cream.

  • Nearby places to explore
    The reserve is in a convenient, central location for those wanting to explore the town and foreshore without needing to jump in the car again.
  • If you'd like to go for a walk or jog, there is a road with a walking track at the northern side of the reserve. You can follow this track in either direction.
  • Heading west, Portarlington Foreshore Reserve is a short distance away and has some beautiful open grass areas, plus easy access to Portarlington Pier.
  • The old Portarlington Flour Mill is located approximately 600m west, and is open on Sundays from 12pm-4pm.
  • If you continue in a westerly direction, you'll reach Portarlington Recreation Reserve , which has a playground, off-lead areas for dogs, grass areas and sports facilities.

  • Overall, it's a great place for people of all ages to enjoy, whether they're taking the dog for a walk, visiting the markets, having a picnic lunch, or just relaxing on the grass while the kids have a play.

    [U]Extra Information[/U]
    Free parking is available along Newcombe Street, but make sure you check the parking signs for time limits. Free parking is also available in neighbouring streets, including The Esplanade.

    Yes, there are public toilets at the reserve.

    Public toilets are also located at the Portarlington Foreshore Reserve and Portarlington Pier (see the Public Toilet Map for full details).

    Rubbish Bins

    The trees provide some shade, and there is a small amount of shade and shelter in the rotunda, however there are no other artificial shade or shelter structures in the reserve.

    Dog rules
    Dogs are permitted in W.G. Little Reserve all year round, however they must be under effective control and preferably on a lead. Please also note that dogs are not permitted within 10 metres of the playgrounds or barbecue areas.

    For more information, please check the Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee restrictions here .

    Getting there
    There are a number of ways to get to the reserve:
  • By car - The journey by car takes just over 30 minutes from Geelong. After exiting the city to the east, travel along Portarlington Road, through Drysdale, until you reach Portarlington. The reserve will be on the left-hand side.
  • Public transport - McHarry's operates a bus service between Geelong and Portarlington, with the trip taking approximately 40 minutes. For more information, visit http://mcharrys.com.au/majorstop/portarlington/
  • There is also a ferry service that runs between Portarlington and Docklands in Melbourne. For more information on the ferry service, visit http://www.portphillipferries.com.au .

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