The National Celtic Festival

The National Celtic Festival

The National Celtic Festival

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About Portarlington

Portarlington, Victoria

Portarlington is a historic coastal township located on the Bellarine Peninsula, 30 km from the city of Geelong and 105 km from Melbourne in the state of Victoria, Australia. On the northernmost tip of the Bellarine Peninsula, the seaside town is only 44 km from Melbourne as the seagull flies across Port Phillip Bay and on a clear day, the Melbourne city skyline is visible on the horizon.

Gathering people from near and far, connecting through the stories of ancestors and the richness of Celtic Culture is what gives meaning to this mighty celebration. To all our artists who have come to perform and share their talents, knowledge and passion; and to all of our festival community who have come along to be entertained, participate, and explore all that is on offer we hope that you are touched and inspired by the spirit of Celtic culture.

A scenic drive is along The Esplanade which is a coastal route of around 10 km in length that runs alongside the foreshore between Portarlington and the nearby beach towns of Indented Head and St Leonards.There is also a walking or bicycling track along the same route if you are feeling energetic.

Portarlington is a popular holiday destination, offering sheltered swimming beaches and an attractive foreshore featuring a pier, BBQ and picnic area, and a large camping area. Parks and recreation reserves occupy the sloping foreshore between the shops on Newcombe Street and the beach, providing spectacular views across the bay and towards the You Yangs mountain range north of Geelong. The town’s main street is dominated by the landmark Grand Hotel built in 1886 and there are plenty of shops to browse through and places to eat or drink al fresco.

The gently rising hills behind the town feature vineyards and olive groves, overlooking Port Phillip Bay and the town is a centre of fishing and aquaculture (mussels). The mussel fleet is berthed along the pier, some selling direct from the boat and there are often local fishermen dangling a line from the pier’s edge.


Book your accommodation early to save disappointment.

Portarlington is situated in the heart of the Northern Bellarine and is close by to many other coastal towns which are a small drive away. Choose from Holiday Rentals, Motel Accommodation,Caravan Parks – you can’t go past our partner, Bellarine Bayside.


Celtic Camping Packages: On sale soon

  • 2 night x 2 adult camping and weekend Festival ticket package
  • 3 night x 2 adult camping and weekend Festival ticket package

 A limited number of Festival Ticket and Bellarine Bayside Camping packages are available for purchase online on TryBookings.

These are greatly discounted promotional packages and will be available from 1st January until sold out.
Available for either a 2 night or 3 night stay, the packages include:
• 2 Adult Festival weekend tickets (refer ticket terms and conditions)
• Either 2 or 3 nights on a powered camping site at Bellarine Bayside Portarlington Holiday Park in an area set aside for likeminded Festival goers.
The park has excellent facilities and is located on the picturesque waterfront, within an easy walk of the main street and Festival site.

For park information visit
The Festival Bus will again be stopping regularly at the park entrance.
For booking information for additional people or extra nights, please contact the friendly staff at the Portarlington Holiday Park on 1800 222 778 or email

Cruise To The National Celtic Festival

Take to the bay with Port Phillip Ferries for a unique way to travel from Melbourne, Docklands, direct to Portarlington for the National Celtic Festival.

The 400-seater ferry operates 3 return services per day, running 7 days a week, and can deliver you right on the doorstep of the June long weekend festival. The ferry is fully enclosed and offers free Wi-Fi for the journey. Visit for the weekend or simply for the day, but be sure to pre-book your ticket on line to avoid missing out on a seat. To view the schedule and how to book head to

Port Phillip Ferries are proud partners of the National Celtic Festival and look forward to having you on board.