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Point Richards – Stage 1

Work is underway on a major project to provide more parking at Point Richards boat ramp. We’re working with Bellarine Bayside to provide 50 more car parks in stage one of a priority project to upgrade facilities at the Portarlington-based ramp.

Project update, Wednesday, 1 September

Construction is complete on an upgrade to car parking at Point Richards boat ramp.

Temporary fencing has been removed, with the project adding 50 parks big enough for your car and trailer through formalisation of the existing overflow parking area.

A total of 83 car and trailer parks are available at the ramp, with 14 new single car spaces also available.

A roundabout has also been added to assist in management of traffic in the car park and ramp precinct.

Stage two works will begin in early 2022 after the peak boating season.

The Point Richards boating facility is getting an upgrade thanks to the State Government’s unprecedented investment in boating in Victoria.

Point Richards is located on the Bellarine Peninsula and is popular with boaters and anglers who want to access the wonderful fishing and recreational water opportunities in Port Phillip.

We are upgrading the boating facility in two stages, starting with the car park. To learn more about what’s planned, click here. The final concept can be viewed here.

Better Boating Victoria is overseeing the government’s boating commitments and will work with Bellarine Bayside Coastal Management, local community groups, local residents and the boating community to upgrade the Point Richards boating facility.

The upgrade to the Point Richards facilities will be completed in two stages, with the carpark work to be finalised before improvements to reduce seagrass impact at the boat ramp are undertaken. BBV is working closely with the Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management on both upgrade packages.

The carpark expansion will add 50 parking spaces that allow for both a car and trailer. This will improve traffic flow around the busy ramp – providing unrestricted access to Port Phillip and allowing larger vessels to be launched.

There will also be six additional car-trailer parking spaces added to the existing carpark and a new standard parking area will be created to the south of the ramp and adjacent to the beach to significantly boost capacity.

Extensive consultation with community members and local user groups has been undertaken, including the Bellarine Miniature Railway, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and City of Greater Geelong.

Construction began in mid-June, timed to occur outside the busy boating season to limit disruption to boaters. BBV and the Committee of Management will continue to update boaters and the local community on any specific impacts to access at the ramp as the project progresses.

Planning work on the marine side infrastructure will continue as the carpark upgrade is carried out, with work on a rock groyne expected in 2022. This is designed to reduce impact of seagrass at the ramp and the requirement for closure of the facility while seagrass is removed.

The design works to marine side infrastructure are progressing, based on the results of a coastal processes study undertaken to better understand the issues associated with the seagrass build up currently impacting the ramp. A summary of this study and the proposed concept can be viewed HERE. We will release more information about next steps in upgrading the marine side infrastructure at Point Richards soon.

Downloads: To find out where things are at, just download our update flyers below.

September 2020. Download our Point Richards Upgrade Update September 2020

May 2021: Point Richards Upgrade Update May 2021

Project Name

Point Richards boating facility upgrade


Point Richards


  • More parking
  • Better traffic flow
  • Improve pedestrian safety


  • Car park concept designs (spring 2020)
  • Detailed designs and approvals (late-2020)
  • Completion of construction (winter 2021)
  • Coastal processes study (mid 2020)
  • Marine side infrastructure concept designs – (July-September 2020)
  • Detailed design – late 2020
  • Approvals – 2021
  • Completion of construction – 2022
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