Photos And Useful Information About Port Welshpool
You’ll find this quaint and peaceful little water side town nestled on the shores of Corner Inlet between The Toora Boat Ramp and Port Albert, approximately 195 kilometres south-east of Melbourne. Travel along the South Gippsland Highway, past Leongatha, Meeniyan, Foster and Toora until you come to the Welshpool township. Turn right at the sign post to Port Welshpool and you’ll find it at the end of the 6 kilometres of road. Port Welshpool is a small and fairly quiet town on the shores of Corner Inlet with views of Wilsons Promontory. The slightly larger township of Welshpool lies 6 kilometres inland on the South Gippsland Highway between Foster and Yarram, and a walking track now joins the two towns. Port Welshpool itself is home to the historic Long Jetty and the Seadays Festival held in January each year. Predominantly a fishing village with its own commercial fishing port, it also attracts some holiday makers that enjoy a more peaceful family waterside holiday at a cheaper price than most.
Port Welshpool Township
With a General Store, The Pier Port Hotel, two caravan parks, a Maritime Museum, boat storage, garage, the historical Long Jetty, a busy commercial Fishing Port and very reasonably priced real estate, Port Welshpool is one of the best kept secrets on the coast. There are tennis courts, a skate park, children’s playground and a barbecue area along with a large 3 boat ramp that’s used as the facility for recreational boating. The two caravan parks in the town are generally quite full over the warmer months and the local pub, takeaway café/general store/bait shop, small museum, playground and wharf with boat ramps provide most of the facilities for the town. The well constructed playground and barbecue area is situated in easy reach right next to the water and across the road from the pub and general store and café. The beach is safe for children to play and swim as it sits in the bay with only gentle waves washing on the shore.
Great Fishing Spots
Many of the permanent residents make their living from fishing but as more and more people discover the area, some of them make it a place to retire and enjoy life or holiday for extended periods of time. You can fish from the wharves and the rock wall, take a boat trip from Port Welshpool pier, launch your own boat at the public boat ramps and gain access to Bass Straight via the Lewis and Singapore Channels, though you do need to be aware that all fishing without a licence is illegal in the Corner Inlet Coastal Park region, to ensure that fish numbers in these protected waters, remain sustainable.
History Of Long Jetty
This jetty was originally constructed during WW11 to facilitate the berthing of Naval ships during war time. It was then used as a commercial shipping port up until 2003. Following a fire on the pier in June of that year, Worksafe issued a notice to close the pier and instructed that the structure be made safe before it could be reopened. At the same time, various people raised questions about the structure and safety of the pier and several reports of people tripping and falling confirmed to the Gippsland Port Authority that further repairs, other than to the fire damaged section, were needed. After inspections of the decking, it was decided that “… the pier had come to the end of its safe and useful life for commercial shipping”, as written by Geoff Kohlman (CEO Gippsland Ports). The Port Welshpool Working Group has had the Jetty proclaimed a heritage site and applications for funding for it’s restoration were submitted. It has now been fully restored, and is once again open to the public.
Sea Days Festival
Each year, on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday after New Year, Port Welshpool is host to the Sea Days festival. Activities and competitions for the children, displays of artwork, horse drawn carriage rides, displays of underwater sea life and explanations of the ecology to be found in Corner Inlet all work together to make this an informative and fun day for all the family.
Organizations, Clubs And Groups
At Port Welshpool you will find a Boat Club, Tennis Club and Fishing Club, Port Welshpool Bowling Club, The Maritime Museum and the Pier Port Social Club.
The Walking Track
An enjoyable 6 kilometre walk between Welshpool and Port Welshpool has found the need to have a walking track constructed to add to the enjoyment of people who frequent the location. The first stage was completed through to the recreation reserve but the trail now runs the entire distance between Leongatha and Port Welshpool. The gates between sections have been made secure so users are unable to open the gates, however, they can get through using the chicanes. To find out more you can visit The Welshpool Community website at www.welshpool.vic.au
The Real Estate
Town blocks, homes and rural properties are generally quite affordable in and around Port Welshpool and there are some real gems to be found there. The only thing I’ve ever heard the locals complain about is the sand flies. One tip when you visit the beach … don’t wear blue, as for some reason it tends to be more attractive to the sand fly. Once they strike, you will most likely want to head for the car or dash inside … they can be relentless.
Waterfront properties have genuine views directly to the peaceful waters of Corner Inlet and out over Wilson’s Promontory. The boating facilities here are excellent and very reasonably priced. There are also regular sailing and fishing competitions to make life even more interesting.
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Photographs Of Port Welshpool
Because Port Welshpool is such a beautiful place to take interesting pictures, we have also created this page for you to view them easily. High quality photos on this page include the historic long jetty, Australian flag, people fishing, old boats, shells, sandy beach, no-entry sign, locks on the jetty entrance, Gippsland Ports signage, the closure of the jetty notice, seagulls, sea eagles, black swans, the shops, the newsagent, garden flowers, lifesaving rings, the pub and more.