Portarlington Hilly & Historic Walk

24-40 Newcombe St, Portarlington VIC 3223, Australia

Portarlington Hilly & Historic Walk

24-40 Newcombe St, Portarlington VIC 3223, Australia
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13 m
1 km
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Walk from the shopping centre to one of the highest points in the town, see traditional timber houses and modern mansions and enjoy a sunset looking over Corio Bay to the You Yangs.

Portarlington Hilly & Historic Walk

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Start outside the Ol' Duke hotel (1855), the town's original hotel and a lovely National Celtic Festival venue.

Walk up steep Harding St, past the picturesque RSL building (heritage listed, former National Bank) and the small memorial garden.

Across Fenwick St, past St Patrick's Hall (1942) a centre for community activities for many years, heritage listed and a National Celtic Festival venue.

At the intersection of Harding St and Smythe St cross the road with care. You have left the 19th and are now in the 21st century. These mansions are part of the Arlington Rise development.

Turn left into the development and proceed up the path to the pleasant small garden and viewing point. Enjoy the view. Return to Newcombe St.

You can find out more about the history of Portarlington by visiting the Bellarine Historical Society's link (see above).

Although Google estimates that this walk will only take 13 minutes, we recommend that you walk at your own pace as this route does involve a hill!


Points of Interest

1. The Ol' Duke Hotel

The hotel and related buildings are a part of Portarlington's history. Enjoy music by an open fire at the National Celtic Festival.

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2. The Ol' Duke - Harding Street side

Admire the excellent restoration and redevelopment of an historic building.

3. The Portarlington RSL Memorial Garden

This building was formerly a National Bank and houses a collection of military memorabilia.

4. St Patrick's Hall

This church hall dating from the 1940s has unusual, harlequin glass windows and is still an important community meeting place.

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5. Traditional timber houses

This is a small enclave of traditional timber houses, especially lovely in autumn when the leaves are on the ground.

6. Intersection of Harding and Smythe Streets

Be careful crossing this road!

7. Crossing Smythe Street

You are leaving behind timber 19th century domestic buildings for large modern mansions.

8. Arlington Rise Development, turn left at the flags

Experience a good footpath on this side of the road.

9. Across the roundabout take the upwards curving footpath

This path will take you to a delightful small rest place and garden, with a spectacular view over Corio Bay to the You Yangs.

10. The park at the top of the hill

Catch your breath and take a well-earned rest here!

11. Breathtaking views

A beautiful view at any time, but a great sunset experience! Return to Newcombe Street where there are a number of enticing places where you can enjoy your choice of food and drink.


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