The Portsea Camp


Please always confirm accommodation before your stay. There may be changes to rooms which have been made, or unforeseeable closures.

Parade Ground bed layout
Bayside rooms


Bayside Units – views, views, views

These units are located in the northern lawn area of the camp. The lawns and gardens in the front of these units provide unsurpassed views up Port Phillip Bay to Queenscliff and the City of Melbourne . Ships, ferry boats, dolphins and the Portsea pier are all just offshore and serve to make a magical setting both day and night. Units sleep from 4 – 8 people, mostly in bunks. All units are carpeted, heated and have their own ensuites. A continuous verandah encircles the building. Total accommodation for 80 people.

Couta Cottage – more great views

Couta cottage is a fully self-contained, refurbished 1950’s beach cottage. Adjacent to the Bayside Units it sleeps up to 6 people with one double bed bedroom and an adjacent room with two bunks and is ideal accommodation for teachers. The cottage has views equal to, if not better than those of exclusive Portsea properties.

    Parade Ground (Franklin Barracks)


All Parade Ground (Franklin Barracks) buildings are constructed of rendered bluestone and local limestone and have well trodden Baltic pine floors. Rooms are situated around a large central Parade Ground area and are cool in summer and warm in winter. With a classic Australian veranda around all rooms, the area is Heritage listed in recognition of the age of the buildings, their unique architecture and original purpose as Fort Franklin barracks. There are 3 dormitories sleeping between 36 and 42 people in bunk beds. Toilet and shower facilities are located off the dormitory rooms. There are also 12 en-suite rooms accommodating 4 to 6 people each in bunk beds. Room 1 is ideal for small groups of teachers, having a comfortable sitting room. In all the Parade Grounds (Franklin Barracks) can accommodate up to 180 people.

Boon Wurrung Wing – classic bunkhouse architecture




Built in 1970, the wing provides dormitory style accommodation. Built out of brick in a style to reflect the architecture of the Franklin Barracks buildings, the wing comprises 6 dormitories sleeping between 18 and 26 people in bunk beds. Two single bed units are located above each dormitory. Two centrally located shower/toilet blocks are located within the central courtyard area of the wing. There are three discrete toilet/shower rooms. Heated bunkhouse rooms. In all accommodation for up to 180 people.

Accessible rooms

There are four, purpose built rooms for people who have a disability and require improved access and facilities. Each room is large enough to allow attendants to sleep within the same room. Two rooms are located within the Parade grounds (Franklin Barracks) and have Ensuite bathrooms, two are located in the separate Nautilus Centre and have an accessible shared bathroom across the hall.

Sharing the site

The Portsea camp is a 7 acre site with vast views across 180 degrees. There is plenty of physical space and a great sense of openness to ensure that large groups can enjoy the site without feeling cramped, while small groups can appreciate their own discrete areas of the site. Occasionally in winter small groups will have the site to themselves. Typically we will discuss arrangements for sharing communal areas, notably Winwood Hall for meals, with smaller group bookings.

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