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Port of Sale

With the growth of shipping on the Gippsland Lakes and the establishment of a railhead at Sale in 1879, schemes emerged to develop Sale as a Port. The cutting of the 2.5 kilometre long Sale Canal in 1886-1888, linked the town to the Thomson River and established it as a busy port for steamers plying the 400sq kilometres of waterways which comprise the beautiful Gippsland Lakes system.

The Port of Sale is located at the northern end of the man-made canal, which has historically provided shipping and pleasure boats with excellent access into the heart of the township. It connects into a network of natural waterways and the Gippsland Lakes - in effect connecting Sale to Lakes Entrance by water.

In 2018, a major $14.53m redevelopment was undertaken which saw the former Sale Civic Centre, which overlooks the Port, transformed into the new Wellington Centre. This Centre presently houses the Sale Library, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale Visitor Centre, Council Chambers, café and community spaces.

The precinct also showcases The Wedge Performing Arts Centre. The Centre hosts a great variety local, national and international acts throughout the year. The Wedge is a contemporary hub for performing arts and entertainment complete with theatre, versatile meeting rooms and modern café.

East of the Centre, the Borun & Tuk Aboriginal cultural walk was created, providing pedestrian access from Foster Street to the Port itself. The path includes lighting, landscaping and culturally significant canoe seating, whilst also telling the Gunaikurnai creation story of Borun the pelican and Tuk the musk duck.

West of the Centre, the Sale Skate Park received a significant facelift and expansion to become one of the best skate facilities east of Melbourne. This area also includes a multi-court facility, BBQ shelter and an all-ages play space.

Today, the Port Precinct is regarded as Sale's cultural and entertainment hub and is considered one of Gippsland's must-visit tourism locations. 

Conveniently located in the Heart of Gippsland and in the centre of the City of Sale, the Port of Sale is an unforgettable experience with something for everyone.




  • Street: Canal Rd
  • City: Sale
  • Postcode: 3850
  • State: Victoria



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