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Public Opening of the New Corkscrew Observatory

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Portland, VIC 3305

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You are invited to Port of Portland’s opening of the new corkscrew observatory on Sunday, 2 December 2018 commencing at 10.30am. Buses will be available for boarding at the Portland Visitor Information Centre, Lee Breakwater Road, Portland and will travel through the port precinct prior to disembarking at the Smelter Berth where a short walk of approximately 400 metres is required to access the corkscrew. You must book a seat on the bus to gain entry to the corkscrew. Click here to view the bus timetable.

History of the Corkscrew

The corkscrew was constructed on the main breakwater of the Port of Portland in around 1960. The structure was erected in a show of goodwill from the port developers to the port and the townspeople of Portland. The corkscrew was designed by Godfrey and Spowers, Hughes, Mewton and Lobb, and had a unique, corkscrew-shape, over a continuous graduation, providing three viewing platforms. The corkscrew was originally designed to be an iconic landmark, as well as a beacon at the end of the main breakwater.

The New Construction

Todays corkscrew has been constructed by local engineering firm Fechner Engineering and is constructed predominantly of steel, making it suitable for the harsh marine environment. These materials will stand the test of time and the corkscrew will continue to be an iconic landmark for Portland and its community.

NOTE: This is a litter free event. Guests are encouraged to dispose of litter prior to boarding buses. No food or drink should be brought into the port precinct. Please assist us in keeping the port a litter free zone.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

  • Security at the Port of Portland is governed by the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003. The Port of Portland has an approved Maritime Security Plan which covers security based risks to the Port and the local community. Access to the port security zone is permitted to authorised permit/ticket holders only. Port of Portland is required to maintain a register of all visitors. As you will be entering a Port security zone, you will be required to provide your full name and show photo ID (adults only) prior to boarding each bus.
  • Children under the age of 4 are not permitted to climb the corkscrew.
  • Children between the ages of 5 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult when climbing the corkscrew.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

  • Please arrive at the bus 10 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.
  • Buses will be leaving from the Portland Visitor Information Centre every 20 minutes commencing from 10:30am.
  • Pedestrian access to the corkscrew from any port entry gate is not permitted. You must book a seat on the bus to gain entry to the corkscrew.
  • Parking at or near the Port of Portland is prohibited.
  • Buses for disabled passengers are available and can be booked through the Event Coordinator jmarra@portofportland.com.au or telephone (03) 5525 0911.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

  • Telephone Port of Portland on (03) 5525 0900 or visit us at 23-25 Kunara Crescent, Portland.
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