Walking Since 1939

Portarlington to St Leonards with dinner in Geelong


Walk Description

Distance: 20km

Enjoy views of Port Phillip bay with dinner afterwards in Geelong! Here’s the plan:

. We travel to Portarlington by passenger ferry, departing from Docklands mid-morning.

. Once we disembark at Portarlington, we will walk the coastal trail to St. Leonards.

. From St Leonards, we will visit Edwards’s Point Nature Conservation Reserve, the last remaining stand of coastal woodland on the Bellarine Peninsula.

. From St Leonards, we will travel by the regional bus service to Geelong.

. Indulge in dinner and drinks at Geelong (venue to be advised).

. Return to Melbourne by train to Southern Cross station. Expect to arrive around 9 or 10pm, depending on which train we catch.


Do join this walk, you must:

. Book in via our website (see below).

. Once you have been accepted for this walk, you need to book and pay for your ticket via the Port Phillip Ferries website (the fare is $17.50). If you need to cancel for any reason, they only provide a credit, not a refund, so you may not want to book too early. It’s unsure whether the ferry will book out, but if you book Thursday or Friday that should be OK – of course that will depend on the demand at the time.

. Bring your MYKI with you to ensure you can pay for the bus to Geelong ($3.60) and train to Southern Cross ($13.80).

. Bring your face mask for public transport.

. Be prepared to walk at a pretty fast pace (average 4kms an hour) to ensure we complete the walk as planned prior to boarding the bus to Geelong.



Make your own way to the walk location by car or public transport (your choice).



Booking is required for this walk. Please indicate what similar walks you have done recently (i.e. in the past few months) to give the leader confidence that you are capable of doing this one. Refer to Walking Grades which, in conjunction with the walk description, will help you assess whether you have the required walking fitness and experience to do this walk.

The Leader will confirm your acceptance on the walk, or not, via email.  The leader will provide details of where and when to meet.

Booking Fee:
Members: free.     Non-members: $7.

To avoid handling cash, non-members are required to pre-pay their booking fee.
Payment by Paypal or card is the quickest method, but if you choose to pay by EFT please follow the instruction to email the Treasurer with your payment details.

If you need to cancel, please advise the leader as soon as possible, so that someone else has the opportunity.
There will be no refunds, so please do not book unless you are fully committed to walking.


What to bring

• Day pack
• Sufficient water (2 litres, more on hot summer days)
• Lunch and snacks
• Hat, sun screen
• Suitable outdoor clothing (no jeans/sneakers!)
• Rainwear & warm jacket
• Proper walking shoes/boots
• Hand Sanitiser
• Face Mask (for public transport or other required settings)

Refer to our Gear Checklist page for more details.   If you are not properly equipped, the walk leader can decide not to let you participate on this walk.


COVID-19 Requirements

We need to follow all state government requirements regarding COVID-19 as explained here:   Coronavirus Victoria: How we live

  • You should not be attending this walk if you are Covid-19 positive and/or are required to be in quarantine or isolation.
  • If you have any Covid-19 symptoms, you should get tested and follow the instructions in the Coronavirus Victoria website.
  • If you are a Household Contact (Close Contact) or a Social or Workplace Contact, you must follow the instructions in the Coronavirus Victoria website.

Check out our Covid-19 status.


Safety and Ambulance Insurance

We strongly recommend that you have Ambulance cover. For more details refer to Joining a walk and your safety


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Contact the leader using the “Enquiry” button.

Activity Date(s)


March 25, 2023 10:15 am


March 25, 2023 10:00 pm







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March 4, 2023