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 $21). 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 ($3.80) and train to Southern Cross ($10.60).

. Be prepared to walk at a pretty fast pace (average at least 4 kms 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.

By booking into this event you acknowledge that you agree to abide by our Code of Conduct.

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

To avoid handling cash, non-members are required to pre-pay their booking fee.
You can pay by Paypal. If you are not a Paypal member, you can use Paypal to pay by credit or debit card.

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

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.


Safety and Ambulance Insurance

We strongly recommend that you have Ambulance cover. If conditions are hazardous, the walk may be cancelled. If any doubts at all, check your emails the night before and the morning of the event. For more details refer to Joining a walk and your safety

If you are Covid-19 positive, have any Covid-19 symptoms or are a contact of someone with Covid-19, please follow the instructions in the Coronavirus Victoria website.


Still have questions?

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Contact the leader using the “Enquiry” button.

Activity Date(s)


March 23, 2024 10:15 am


March 23, 2024 10:00 pm







Doug M

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