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Project update, Tuesday 21 June

Work has started 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 ramp.

Excavation has been completed on a new parking area and expansion to existing parking.   All up, the work will add 50 parks to the facility including 44 spaces big enough for your boat and trailer in a new carpark. The existing car park will also score an extra 6 parks and a roundabout will be added to assist with keeping traffic on the move.

The base for the new parking area has been laid and compacted, with drainage work to be carried out by construction crews in coming weeks.

It’s expected the carpark works will be completed by mid-August. Access to the boat ramp is available while the work is ongoing, but parking at the facility is limited due to construction. For information on nearby boat ramps, head to the Boating Vic website.

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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