Portsea is an iconic coastal town and popular destination for day-trippers, holiday-makers and homeowners. Its coastal reserves, from Police Point to Hemston Avenue include sandy beaches, low cliffs, rocky shores and the Point Franklin headland. A seaside haven, these areas are valued for stunning bay views, coastal walks and a thriving atmosphere, hosting numerous events throughout the year. Popular with snorkellers and divers, unique marine life can also be found in the seagrass, rocky reefs and further offshore. The famous Portsea Pier provides great vantage points, along with fishing and boating opportunities.

Portsea’s foreshores have experienced change in recent years, highlighting the dynamic coastal environment which presents a range of management challenges.

With ageing infrastructure and facilities, as well as increasing pressures from visitation, usage and development, there is an opportunity to improve and support how we use and enjoy our coast. Sustainable and balanced management will be essential in caring for these areas into the future.

We have developed the Portsea Coastal and Marine Management Plan (CMMP) which will help guide our management of these areas for years to come.

Find out more about the Coastal and Marine Management Plans.

Your thoughts

In March and April 2022 we asked what you love about the Portsea coast and how we can better manage these valued areas. Your responses have helped shape the Draft Portsea CMMP.

In October 2022 to January 2023 we asked you to provide feedback on the Draft Portsea CMMP.

Adopted by Council on 16 May 2023, the Portsea CMMP is now awaiting final approval from the Minister of Environment.