DESTINED FOR YOUR LOVE - WITH SO MUCH TO EXPLORE.
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Delve into history and get back to nature in this thriving city by the sea. Wander streets dotted with beautifully maintained heritage buildings and dine on great pub fare while overlooking the harbour. Head out into the blue to catch the perfect wave or a tuna or two.
Grab the Portland self-guided Historical Buildings Walk map (from the Portland Visitor Information Centre) and take a closer look at the city's hundreds of heritage buildings. Portland became Victoria's first permanent European settlement in 1834 and boasts more than 200 buildings of historic significance.
Visit the Portland Maritime Discovery Centre for an insight into the region's long seafaring history, or take a ride along the foreshore in the Portland Cable Tram. The cable tram links the Portland Botanic Gardens, Portland Maritime Discovery Centre, Powerhouse Vintage Car Museum, WWII Memorial Lookout Tower and the Cable Tram Museum, whilst providing a scenic ride along the picturesque Portland Bay foreshore.
If you see the yellow flag flying outside the Portland Visitor Information Centre - it means a whale has been spotted! Southern Right Whales, which often visit Portland and Cape Bridgewater Bays in winter are easily identified by large white bumps on the top and sides of the head.
These majestic creatures put on an amazing show for visitors offering a truly spectacular experience. For the best vantage points to spot these sea-giants visit here.
EXPLORE THE REGION
During your stay, take the time to explore the townships of Portland, Cape Bridgewater, Casterton, Heywood, Dartmoor, Narrawong, Merino and Cape Nelson. Each townships offer something different from sweeping scenic views of rolling hills and productive agricultural land, to perfect pine plantations through the hinterland, and coastal beaches and rugged cliffs.
Cape Bridgewater is one of our absolute favourites (a must-do really) with it's lush petrified forests, blowholes and freshwater springs.
WHAT A CATCH!
If you're after a spot of fishing, Portland is literally an angler's paradise.
Choose from boat fishing or beach fishing and hook yourself a King George whiting, flathead, snapper, tuna or mulloway.
There's nothing like eating a fish you've caught yourself.
GREAT SOUTH WEST WALK
The Great South West Walk begins and ends at the Portland Visitor Information Centre.
You can tackle a small section or try the entire 250 kilometre walk and see stunning forests, river gorges, capes and beaches along the way.
The 250km trek, which weaves through the communities of Portland, Cape Bridgewater, and Nelson, across the capes of Discovery Bay and trailing the Glenelg River, is one of the region’s biggest tourist attractions
Take a few minutes to view our video featuring committee members of the Friends of the Great South West Walk who highlight the stunning landscape features and unique flora and fauna of the trail, which was first established 33 years ago.
View our promotional video here.
Portland Hooked on Tuna Fest
This years competition will be held over 4 weekends in April. Dates are as follows:
8 & 9 April, 15 & 16 April, 22 & 23 April, 29 & 30 April
This year's event will be more than just a fishing competition, with significant family friendly events occurring on the opening weekends that includes:
- Interactive Fishing Display Trailer
- Fish Filleting Display
- Local Food Producers Stalls
- Celebrity Chef
- Fishing Clinics for kids
- Live Music
- Beer Club Presentation
- Kids Activities
- Tours of the Harbour
- Fishing kayaks
- Jumping castles
Portland's waterfront is alive with activity – see big ships from around the world come in to load up local produce and the local fishing fleet unload its catch.
Walk the foreshore, spot seals at Cape Bridgewater, watch blue whales off Cape Nelson or traverse the Great South West Walk.
There's plenty of coastline to explore.
What To See and Do
Cape Nelson State Park
The picnic areas at Cape Nelson State Park set in quiet bush surroundings are an ideal location for a pleasant meal with family and friends.
Portland Powerhouse Motor and Car Museum
The Portland Powerhouse Motor and Car Museum features veteran, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, a Penny Farthing bicycle, stationary engines, signs, models, a 1920's cable tram and grip car, tractors...
Budj Bim Tours
Budj Bim Tours is an authentic, indigenous owned tourism company that offers exclusive guided tours through the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape, in south-west Victoria.
Portland Maritime Discovery Centre
At Portland Maritime Discovery Centre you'll experience a range of activities. Step inside the rib cage of the Sperm Whale skeleton.
Portland Cable Trams
Come and explore Victoria's birthplace by the sea onboard Portland Cable Trams. Travel along Portland's historic foreshore and enjoy the breathtaking views of the bay in the fully resorted saloon...