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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.

A multi-million dollar redevelopment of the Port in 2004 saw the area reinvigorated and today, 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

Council recently completed dredging works at the Port of Sale and, as a result, there are a limited number of mooring spaces available.

This is a very rare opportunity as moorings do not become available very often.

Council has a history of having a long waiting list for moorings and because of the long wait, the persons who we have contacted on the list are unable to take up this opportunity as they either no longer own a boat or they have secured a place elsewhere.

This is a great opportunity to secure a mooring at the Port of Sale where you are close to the entertainment district and town centre. There are also significant development works being undertaken at the Port of Sale Cultural Hub and Precinct that are due to be complete at the end of 2017, which will make the area a hive of activity for residents and visitors.

There is also an active boat club, a bbq area, toilets, pump out facilities and access to the slipway.

The fees are as follows:

  • Annual mooring fees for 2016/17 are $1,000.00 (Inc. GST)
  • Temporary mooring fees (Subject to availability) are $58.00 per week. (The maximum length of stay is 12 weeks (minimum stay 2 weeks), with a minimum fee payable to Council of $116.00 (Inc GST).

If you are interested in applying for a permanent mooring please complete a Port of Sale Mooring Application Form (37KB) or contact Pauline Glover, Acting 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

Please note: The Swing Bridge is currently closed until further notice for repairs due to vandalism. Anyone with information regarding the vandalism is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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 12.00noon
Requests for openings outside scheduled times can be met subject to payment and staff availability. The current fee for 2016/17 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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