Welcome to the Portland Upwelling Festival
A celebration of the natural wonders brought to the town of Portland by the Bonney Upwelling.
The Bonney Upwelling is the epic natural ocean occurrence that powers a 7 month ( November – May ) feeding frenzy of marine animals, supporting an incredibly rich ecological food web. The Upwelling is at its greatest off the coast of Portland and is the corner stone of our lucrative fishing and tourism industries.
Presented by the Upwelling Festival Committee Inc. The Upwelling Festival is a free one day event that brings the community and visitors together to celebrate what is unique about our beautiful coastal environment in Portland Victoria.
Held on the first Saturday in November each year there is music, market stalls, whale boat racing, street parade,blessing of the cross, just to name some of the days activities. This event is free for all to attend and starts at 7-30 am with Lions & Rotary holding breakfast at Henty Beach
7-30 am Free breakfast at the trawler wharf by the Rotary & Lions clubs of Portland Bay
8-30 am Blessing of the Cross Trawler Wharf
The tradition of “blessing the fleet” dates back many centuries, to the Mediterranean. Proudly supported by the Mission to Seafarers. The blessing ceremony is at 8-30 followed by the competitive swimming for the cross.
9 am – 5 pm Market Stalls – Bentinick Street lawns and Henty Beach
This year there will be over 100 market stalls selling a huge array of interesting products
9 am – 5 pm Museum Victoria Marine Display Located on the foreshore lawns
Museums Victoria will offer a unique opportunity to investigate the museum specimens first hand. The hands on stall will allow you to see real marine fossils,extraordinary shells, taxidermy animal specimens and view unique Museum Victoria photos and video footage of the basking shark caught of the Portland coast in June 2015.
10 am Street Parade Bentinick Street
This not to be missed event is a highlight of the Festival, which sees Bentinick Street filled with floats from various community groups, schools and more. The road will be closed from 8-30 am till noon. The parade features the Call of the Sea at Henty Beach after the parade. Everyone is invited to participate
10 am – 2 pm Sand- sphere sculpting workshop
People of all ages are invited to participate in free sand-sphere sculpting workshops which will be conducted by Portland sculptor Andrew Walsh. Located on the foreshore the workshops will be held at 10 am & 2 pm. They are free to participate in but there will be a materials charge if you wish to keep your sculpture.
11-15 am Jacob West Lawn Stage
Jacob draws musical influence from neo-soul R&B and funk styles
11-15 am David Croser Beach Stage
David a singer, songwriter ,& guitarist plays country and bush ballad music
12 pm Portland Yacht Club free short sail for members of the public
Portland Yacht Club Commodore Micheal invites members of the public to join his members in a short sail around Portland Harbour. Look for the yachts moored at the boat ramp jetties adjacent to the Portland Yacht Club
12 – 4 pm Whale Boat Races
Whale boat racing is a reminder of Portland’s rich maritime heritage. It is also time to reflect on the devastating impact whaling had on the southern right whale population and the gradual return of the species to Portland today.
Rowing skillfully as a team those tough men of yesteryear would row many exhaustive miles, in all weather and seas to capture a whale and tow it back to shore.
Today whaleboat rowing is still a test of team skill and the competitive spirit is still as strong but the emphasis is on fun.
12 – 4 pm Port of Portland tours departing at 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm.
Experience on of the few opportunities to view the Port of Portland activities up close and personal while you enjoy an entertaining commentary from Jonesy on the Port of Portland tours. Jones’s Coachlines will once again be offering free tours on the hour at 12, 1, 2 & 3 pm You must get a ticket from the Upwelling Festival Committee information tent at the festival to secure your seat.
12-15 pm Lawn stage address from Glenelg Shire Council mayor Cr Anita Rank
12-30 Cooper Lower Lawn stage
Cooper is an Australian singer / songwriter and acoustic guitarist playing pop/soul
12-30 pm Dean Outtram & Damon Yuill Beach stage
Dean and Damon are an acoustic guitar duo. playing cover music from across the ages.
1-30 pm Triple Srandards Lawn stage
A local jazz trio playing popular jazz from the 1930’s and 1940’s
1-30 pm Soulsleuth Beach stage
Melissa & Aaron perform a wide variety of musical genres from throaty blues, jazz melodies, soul/pop and rock anthems
2 pm Portland Yacht Club free sail for members of the public
Portland Yacht Commodore Micheal invites members of the public to join his members in a short sail around the Portland Harbour. Look for the yachts moored at the boat ramp jetties adjacent to the Portland Yacht Club
2 pm – 3 pm Portland Yacht Club radio controlled lasers
Portland Yacht Club members are presenting the spectacle of racing radio controlled yachts around a short course located adjacent to the boat ramp jetties. The races can be viewed from the jetties or the lawn in front of the yacht club.
2 pm Sand-sphere sculpting workshop
People of all ages are invited to participate in free sand-sculpting workshops which will be conducted by Portland sculptor Andrew Walsh. Located on the Portland foreshore they are free to participate in but there will be a materials charge if you wish to keep your sculpture.
2-30 pm Kimberly Gill lawn stage
Described as having a “voice like an angel” Kimberley is a 17 year old from Casterton
2-30 pm Darren Ely beach stage
Darren performs intimate solo acoustic shows, playing a mixture of personal favorites
3 pm – 5 pm Marine environment talks at the Angling Club
Ash Burns; Ah has been trained in large whale disentanglement’s. He will provide an overview of his role, including as a crew member of the “Point Boats” during the recent successful operation of rescuing a southern right whale nick-named “Tangles” which was entangled of the coast of Portland.
Jo Austin ; Jo will talk about his journey over the past 2 decades operating Seals By The Sea Tours at Cape Bridgewater. In this time the fur seal colony has grown considerably and changed from a non-breeding to an established breeding colony.
Dr Lauren Veale; Aquqtic Ecologist with the Glenelg Nature Trust Lauren applies her knowledge to assisting in the wetland restoration and monitoring activities in the South East of South Australia and Western Victoria, as well as working with community groups to restore populations of threatened native fauna.
3-30 pm Worm Lawn stage
Four piece alt-rock/indie punk band perform music with energy that’ll turn you into a pro air drummer
3-30 pm Jess Skye Beach stage
Jess ‘s style is very unique described as indi,folk,pop with a touch of blues
All Day Bonney the Inflatable Whale