DESTINED FOR YOUR LOVE - WITH SO MUCH TO EXPLORE.
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.
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.
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.
Where To Stay
Victoria Lodge Motor Inn and Apartments
If you are looking for a good night’s sleep, then you need to look no further than the Golden Chain Platinum Victoria Lodge Motor Inn & Apartments.
Portland Tourist Park
Portland Tourist Park is set on five hectares of natural landscape, just 1.7 kilometres from the centre of Portland, and offers a range of modern cabins and various powered site...
Experience the charm of one of Victoria's oldest heritage listed properties. Relax in the friendly atmosphere of a fully restored bluestone Georgian private hotel of historical importance.
Alandra Holiday House
Alandra is a beautiful fully refurbished three bedroom period residence in the heart of Portland and offers guests a level of comfort and style that they will long remember.
Quality Hotel Bentinck
Built-in 1856, the Quality Inn Bentinck has been tastefully restored to its former grandeur, boasting original heritage decor, coupled gracefully with modern luxury.
Harbour Views Portland
The Old Bond Store is situated in the heart of the CBD a short walk from the main street with uninterrupted harbour views.
What To See and Do
Cape Discoveries private guided tours provide a personal nature-based scenic tour, exploring six bays and four capes and the only mainland breeding colony of Australasian Gannets.
Portland Seaview Holiday Stays
Portland Seaview Holiday Stays is a booking agent for over 45 properties located in and around Portland.
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 restored saloon...
Australian Kelpie Centre
Casterton, known as the birthplace of the kelpie, is now home to the newly built, all purpose Australian Kelpie Centre.
Cottage in the Gardens
Situated in the Botanical Gardens, this two storey bluestone cottage was the home of the Portland Botanical Gardens' curator.
Game On Charters
Based in beautiful Portland, Victoria, Game On Charters offer half and full day fishing trips, sightseeing and wildlife tours and also private charters.