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.

Mariner Motel
Mariner Motel
3.5 out of 5
196 Percy Street, Portland, VIC
The price is Rs4,318 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb
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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (249 reviews)
"Was easy to get to"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2022

Mariner Motel
Comfort Inn Richmond Henty
Comfort Inn Richmond Henty
3.5 out of 5
101 Bentinck St, Portland, VIC
The price is Rs8,424 per night from 24 Feb to 25 Feb
Located in the heart of Portland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Portland Arts Centre, Nuns Beach and Powerhouse Motor & Car Museum. Portland Cable ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (59 reviews)
"Good rooms, quite & cosy. Friendly staff, will stay again."

Reviewed on 16 Jul 2021

Comfort Inn Richmond Henty
Victoria Lodge Motor Inn And Apartments
Victoria Lodge Motor Inn And Apartments
4 out of 5
155 Percy Street, Portland, VIC
The price is Rs6,462 per night from 25 Feb to 26 Feb
Located in the heart of Portland, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Nuns Beach and Whale Viewing Platform. Powerhouse Motor & Car Museum and Portland ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (226 reviews)
Great place to stay at
"We had very good clean room the bed was great we had no traffic noise at all"

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2021

Victoria Lodge Motor Inn And Apartments
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Annesley House
Annesley House
4 out of 5
60 Julia Street, Portland, VIC
The price is Rs8,747 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb
Located in the heart of Portland, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Powerhouse Motor & Car Museum, Portland Arts Centre and Nuns Beach. Portland ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
"Beautiful furniture in historic house ,quiet,clean excellent location . Super helpful host telling us of local french bread and croissants ,as well as food options .could not ask for more from a host"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2021

Annesley House
Quest Portland
Quest Portland
4 out of 5
66 Julia Street, Portland, VIC
The price is Rs9,184 per night from 11 Feb to 12 Feb
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.
4.3/5 Excellent! (431 reviews)
A great stay
"One small problem that was beyond control of the manager was promptly discussed and rectified, friendly staff from manager to front desk. A great property, comfortable, quiet and convenient."

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2021

Quest Portland
Portland Holiday Village
Portland Holiday Village
3 out of 5
37 Percy Street, Portland, VIC
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (139 reviews)
"Excellent location, very clean and quiet"

Reviewed on 1 Jan 2022

Portland Holiday Village
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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