Portarlington Mill

Constructed of local sandstone and timbers, Portarlington Mill is a significant example of the earliest mills.

Announcement:  18 March 2020

 Please note this property is temporarily closed until further notice. Make sure to visit our website for all up to date information.


At one time there were over 250 flour mills in Victoria and the Portarlington Mill is one of the oldest to survive.

Built in 1857 from locally quarried stone, the mill used steam-driven machinery to prepared flour from grain grown around Geelong’s Bellarine Peninsula, then known as the ‘granary of the Colony’.

The mill only operated for 17 years, closing in 1874, its machinery was sent to the Wimmera which had become increasingly used for growing grain crops. Its original builder then used the building for his brick works. In the later nineteenth century, it was a factory, first processing seaweed for use as upholstery stuffing, later producing printing ink then artificial fertiliser.

After conversion for residential use in the twentieth century as flats for holiday makers the building was condemned in 1962 but saved from demolition when it was purchased by the Shire of Bellarine and presented to the National Trust.


Portarlington Mill - Planning your visit

Portarlington Mill


Turner Court
Portarlington 3223 VIC


September to May, Sunday, 12 pm to 4 pm.


Closed during June, July, and August.
Christmas Day, New Year's Day and other public holidays.

03 9656 9800 (Monday to Friday)
Entry Fees:

Adults: $5,
Concession :$4,
Children: $3,
Family: $12 (2 adults + 2 children)

National Trust members enter FREE

What we offer:

Weddings and Functions at Portarlington Mill

For weddings and function inquiries, please contact our National Trust team.

Email –  functions@nattrust.com.au or phone (03) 9656 9889.


More information can also be found in the following brochures:

Download The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Wedding Brochure.

Download The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Functions and Venue Hire Brochure.

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