Blue Whale and Art Installation
Street Parade2
Band in Street Parade
Blessing of the Fleet
Blessing of the Fleet 2
Market stalls on Foreshore
Market - Face Painting
Art Installation

Upwelling Festival Portland

Dates: 1 Nov 2014

Address: Portland Foreshore & Bentinck Street, Bentinck Street, Portland, Victoria 3305

Phone: 03 5522 0235  |  Mobile: 0414 494 707  |  Fax: 03 5521 7212  


The Upwelling Festival in Portland offers a fantastic and vibrant way for visitors and Portland locals to celebrate and showcase the unique eco-tourism features of our beautiful coastal town, the Bonney Upwelling.

The Bonney Upwelling is a seven month long natural ocean occurrence where krill form dense swarms up to a kilometre in length. These exceptional feeding conditions trigger a feeding frenzy of whales, seals, giant crabs, tuna, crayfish, squid, fish and seabirds.

The Festival includes the Blessing of the Fleet, Street Parade, Festival markets, local entertainment, Marine Environment Talks, Whale Boat Races along with community art projects on the foreshore.

The Festival is run in conjunction with three other well-established and popular local events - the Rotary Art Show (all weekend) and the Portland Three Bays Marathon (Sunday morning) and the ORCV boat race from Melbourne to Portland (Sunday). Together these events provide a weekend-long program of activities for locals and visitors.

Content: Upwelling Festival Portland


This is a free event.

Local directions

The Festival is held on the Foreshore overlooking Portland Bay and on Bentinck Street, Portland


  • Car park
  • Child activities
  • Access with assistance for the disabled
  • Access without assistance for the disabled
  • Parking for the disabled
  • Toilet facilities for the disabled
  • Entertainment
  • First aid equipment
  • Shaded area

Opening hours

A full day of activities for the whole family. Starting at 7.30am with the Blessing of the Fleet and free barbecue breakfast, the day's activities ending at 5.00pm.

How to get here

Great Ocean Road