Boat Ramp Review
  |  First Published: June 2009

Another single lane ramp is in the process of being completed next to the main ramp.

PARKING: Can handle over 100 car and trailer parks, all within close walking distance to ramp. Can get very hectic if the tuna are on around Easter or public holidays coupled with fine weather. Remember do not park on or close to the tram tracks, as this is a significant tourist feature that runs all the time.

AMENITIES: Large toilet block at ramp.

WASH DOWN: At the ramp but bring your own hose. Also the locals frown upon those who wash out their boats at the town’s car wash. Please don’t do this.

FISH CLEANING AREA: Two large tables with running water at the ramp behind wire fences to keep the seals out. Keep an eye out as these sneaky sods can come from behind and knock off your catch.

TIDES: All tides, all weather ramp.

MAXIMUM BOAT SIZE: No real limit as some pretty big charter guy’s launch from this ramp.

SURROUNDINGS: Three jetties (one each side of ramp with one long jetty to the left). Tons of room to tie up for lunch or to leave the boat when parking or grabbing the tailer. There is also a playground for the kids as well as the head quarters for the Portland Yacht Club as well as the Portland Game Fishing Club. Shops a short stroll to the main drag (Bentinck Road)

BAIT & TACKLE: Portland Bait & Tackle as well as Complete Angler Portland look over the ramp on Bentinck Street. Both fully stocked with all you need to tangle with the local species.

COMMENTS: Ramp can become a little slippery so care to be taken while on foot. Suitable for 4x4 and two wheel drive vehicles. Plenty of single parking available left hand side of ramp. Great place to gather, see what has been caught and talk to anglers around 4.00pm when the charter guys start coming back in. Probably one of the busiest boat ramps in Victoria when the southern bluefin tuna are running. This ramp opens up the fishing grounds of the continental shelf from a safe and protected deep-water harbour. The fishing at times can be fantastic but make sure you check the conditions with the locals at either of the tackle stores to make sure your boat can handle it.

I rate this ramp nine out of ten.

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