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Port of Sale and Swing Bridge

Port of Sale

The Port of Sale was established in the late 1800s due to the growth of shipping on the Gippsland Lakes, and the establishment of a railhead at Sale in 1879. The Port linked Sale to the Gippsland Lakes system, and ultimately, the open water of Bass Strait. At the time, it was visioned that Sale be developed as a Port, however the gradual demise of water transport over time led to the decline of the port precinct.

The Port is one of Sale's most picturesque and recognisable areas. It is surrounded by a boardwalk, walking path, jetties, BBQ shelter, grassed areas and gardens and is a popular stop for tourists.


Port of Sale Mooring

limited number of mooring spaces are currently available.

The fees are as follows:

  • Annual mooring fees for 2018/19 are $918.00 (Inc. GST)
  • Temporary mooring fees (Subject to availability) are $54.30 per week. (The maximum length of stay is 12 weeks (minimum stay 2 weeks), with a minimum fee payable to Council of $108.60 (Inc GST).
  • Transfer of Mooring Fee $45.90

If you are interested in applying for a permanent mooring please complete a Port of Sale Mooring Application Form (37KB) or contact the Commercial Property Officer on 1300 366 244 for further information.

If you are seeking a temporary berth, you may complete the Port of Sale Temporary Use of Annual Mooring Form. (463KB)

If you have a mooring permit, and have sold your vessel and wish to transfer the permit across to the new owner please complete a Port of Sale Mooring Licence Transfer Application. (56KB)


Swing Bridge

The National Trust classified Swing Bridge is located at the junction of the Thomson and Latrobe Rivers. It is the oldest surviving swing bridge in Australia, being constructed from 1880-1883, and is regarded as one of the engineering wonders of Gippsland.

As the name suggests, the bridge was designed to swing open to allow shipping to and from the Port of Sale. The bridge, built of cast iron cylinders and fittings and wrought iron trusses is 61m long, with a central swing span of almost 46m.

The bridge still opens today, and is a wonderful experience to see. The scheduled opening times are as follows:

Saturdays and Sundays: Between 3.00pm and 4.00pm
Second Wednesday of every month: Between 11.00am and 12noon
Requests for openings outside scheduled times can be met subject to payment and staff availability. The current fee for 2017/18 is $469.00 (Inc. GST). Requests for special openings must be made a minimum of 7 days prior to required opening time and should be directed to Council on 1300 366 244.


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