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