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, 3305
The price is AU$97 per night from 23 Jul. to 24 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star motel in Portland. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a business centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (263 reviews)
"Clean"

Reviewed on 14 Apr. 2022

Mariner Motel
Quest Portland
Quest Portland
4 out of 5
66 Julia Street, Portland, VIC, 3305
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$165 per night from 4 Aug. to 5 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Portland. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a business centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (437 reviews)
"Nothing to complain except pillow was too soft."

Reviewed on 31 May 2022

Quest Portland
Admella Motel
Admella Motel
3.5 out of 5
5 Otway Court, Portland, VIC, 3305
The price is AU$125 per night from 7 Jul. to 8 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star motel in Portland. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (182 reviews)
Great stay
"Room was very modern and comfortable"

Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2022

Admella Motel
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.
NRMA Portland Bay Holiday Park
NRMA Portland Bay Holiday Park
3.5 out of 5
184 Bentinck Street, Portland, VIC, 3305
The price is AU$102 per night from 17 Jul. to 18 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star campsite in Portland. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (78 reviews)
"Friendly staff. Dark at night and hot water what more could you ask for. 😄. I did manage to stay in the wrong cabin so keys need to be sorted but I’m sure they will rectify that now they now."

Reviewed on 27 Feb. 2022

NRMA Portland Bay Holiday Park
Portland Holiday Village
Portland Holiday Village
3 out of 5
37 Percy Street, Portland, VIC, 3305
The price is AU$116 per night from 25 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Stay at this 3-star cabin in Portland. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (144 reviews)
"Excellent location, very clean and quiet"

Reviewed on 1 Jan. 2022

Portland Holiday Village
Harbor Views CBD 1 Bedroom Unit
Harbor Views CBD 1 Bedroom Unit
Portland, VIC
The price is AU$189 per night from 26 Jul. to 27 Jul.
Stay at this apartment in Portland. Enjoy a beach locale, on-site parking and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Nuns Beach and Portland Arts Centre are ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (5 reviews)
Relaxing Rental
"The apartment was clean and had great views of port plus close to local restaurants and retailers. Also the owner was very helpful. Our only thing that was a little invasive was passing traffic."

Reviewed on 27 Apr. 2022

Harbor Views CBD 1 Bedroom Unit
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.