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Portland
Travel Guide

The first permanent European settlement in Victoria is a picturesque coastal city, dotted with heritage architecture, maritime attractions and pleasant beaches.

Portland is a cosy little city by the sea and marks the site one of Victoria’s earliest settlements in 1834. Stroll through Portland’s heritage city centre and learn about the area’s Aboriginal and European history or explore beautiful local beaches and botanical gardens. The city’s waterfront is an exciting hub of maritime industry and history and its nearby shores are known around the state for fishing and surfing.

Take the Portland Historical Buildings Walk to get a closer look at Portland’s collection of over 200 National Trust buildings. See old hotels, shops and houses, many of which were constructed from bluestone. Check out the waterfront and watch big ships come into Portland’s natural harbour. A visit to the Maritime Discovery Centre will uncover a treasure trove of history and information about Portland’s fascinating seafaring industries.

Climb aboard the foreshore Cable Tram, a historic tramway that takes passengers along a scenic route past Henty Park, the Botanic Gardens, the Portland Powerhouse Car Museum, the Maritime Discovery Centre, Whalers Bluff Lighthouse, the World War II Memorial Lookout and the North Portland Water Tower. You’ll also be able to see the tidal wetlands of Fawthrop Lagoon Park and the city’s coastal cliff tops.

Grab a meal on Bentinck Street, the city’s foreshore boulevard, where pubs and restaurants overlook the marina and the open, sandy expanse of Nuns Beach. In the cooler months, head to Cape Bridgewater to spot seals or Cape Nelson for the chance to see migratory blue whales. Fans of fishing will love the King George whiting, flathead, snapper and tuna that can be caught from Portland’s beaches or offshore boats.

Take a stroll along some of Victoria’s highest cliffs at Bridgewater Bay, a coastline formed by an ancient volcano rim. Keen hikers might want to take on the Great South West Walk, a 250-kilometre (155.3-mile) loop that begins and ends at the Maritime Discovery Centre.

Portland is just over 4-hours’ drive from Melbourne. Victoria’s regional V/Line railway and bus services connect Portland to other cities in the region. Visit Portland in summer to make the most of the city’s beaches or in winter for your best chance at spotting whales.

Quest Portland
Quest Portland
4 out of 5
66 Julia Street, Portland, VIC
The price is Rs9,132 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 7.5 mi (12 km) from Bridgewater Bay Beach and 9.2 mi (14.8 km) from Cape Nelson Lighthouse.
4.3/5Excellent! (420 reviews)
"Close to all amenities. Accommodation was very comfortable and well appointed."

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2021

Quest Portland
Whalers Rest Motor Inn
Whalers Rest Motor Inn
3 out of 5
The price is Rs4,801 per night from 8 May to 8 May
Situated by the sea, this motel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Whale Viewing Platform and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Nuns Beach. Bolwarra H44 Bushland Reserve and Bolwarra ...
4.3/5Excellent! (294 reviews)
"Very restful place, quite & spa was so invigorating. Has Netflix so that is also a good thing with variety."

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2021

Whalers Rest Motor Inn
Mariner Motel
Mariner Motel
3.5 out of 5
196 Percy Street, Portland, VIC
The price is Rs4,893 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Whale Viewing Platform and Nuns Beach. Powerhouse Motor & Car Museum and Portland Arts Centre ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (224 reviews)
"Close to the centre of town, these units are very good value. The rooms have all the usual facilities expected."

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2021

Mariner Motel
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Portland Tourist Park
Portland Tourist Park
2 out of 5
74 Garden Street, Portland, VIC
The price is Rs6,784 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Situated near the beach, this campsite is within 1 mile (2 km) of Whale Viewing Platform and Nuns Beach. Powerhouse Motor & Car Museum and Fawthrop Lagoon are ...
3.8/5Good! (81 reviews)
"Wonderful array of native wildlife. Koalas in the gumtrees in our front yard and beautiful kookaburras"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2021

Portland Tourist Park
Portland Holiday Village
Portland Holiday Village
3 out of 5
37 Percy Street, Portland, VIC
The price is Rs6,888 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Located in the heart of Portland, this cabin is within a 10-minute walk of Powerhouse Motor & Car Museum, Portland Arts Centre and Portland Cable Tram Depot ...
4.1/5Very Good! (133 reviews)
"Conveniently located across road from supermarket, quiet location, centrally located within walking distance to Main Street."

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2021

Portland Holiday Village
NRMA Portland Bay Holiday Park
NRMA Portland Bay Holiday Park
3.5 out of 5
184 Bentinck Street, Portland, VIC
The price is Rs5,200 per night from 7 Jun to 7 Jun
Situated near the beach, this campsite is within a 10-minute walk of Nuns Beach and Whale Viewing Platform. Portland Arts Centre and Powerhouse Motor & Car Museum ...
4.4/5Excellent! (69 reviews)
"Come here every year and booked the same cabin too which opposite the beach. It was lovely. Reception wasn't as friendly as we had being welcome before."

Reviewed on 2 Jul 2020

NRMA Portland Bay Holiday Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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