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W.G. Little Reserve, Portarlington

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by KJ (subscribe)
Published June 2nd 2018
Enjoy a walk or BBQ lunch at this beautiful seaside reserve

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.



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Inside the rotunda at the Newcombe Street entrance to the reserve


Playgrounds
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

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The smaller playground features a slide and noughts and crosses board


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The bouncy see-saw and fort at the smaller playground


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

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The playground was fairly empty when I visited but is usually very crowded during the summer holidays




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The flying fox and monkey bars at the playground


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

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The public barbecues at W.G. Little Reserve



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

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The public toilet block at W.G. Little Reserve


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).

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The National Celtic Festival is held each year on the Portarlington Foreshore (Image source:https://www.nationalcelticfestival.com/gallery-1/)


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.

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The popular Portarlington Bakehouse is located at 48 Newcombe Street (image source: @portarlingtonbakehouse on Instagram)


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.

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The walking track that runs along The Esplanade, behind the reserve.


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Looking west, towards Portarlington Foreshore Reserve


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.

Extra Information

Parking
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.

Toilets
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
Yes

Shade/Shelter
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 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 www.portphillipferries.com.au.

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Looking down towards the water from W.G. Little Reserve. The Port Phillip Ferry can be seen in the distance.


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Why? To have a picnic and let the kids have a play at the playground
When: Any time
Where: Newcombe Street, Portarlington, VIC
Cost: Free
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great photos KJ
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