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 AU$89 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
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! (243 reviews)
Clean and comfortaable
"Not a new place, but, really clean and quite comfortable. Very friendly welcome. Great for a stop over or for a bed before heading out to fish. Very reasonable rates."

Reviewed on 8 Jun. 2021

Mariner Motel
NRMA Portland Bay Holiday Park
NRMA Portland Bay Holiday Park
3.5 out of 5
184 Bentinck Street, Portland, VIC
The price is AU$100 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (72 reviews)
Our honeymoon
"The stay was so good we stayed an extra night"

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2021

NRMA Portland Bay Holiday Park
Admella Motel
Admella Motel
3.5 out of 5
5 Otway Court, Portland, VIC
The price is AU$113 per night from 22 Sep. to 22 Sep.
Situated near the beach, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Powerhouse Motor & Car Museum and Portland Cable Tram Depot Museum. Bridgewater Bay Beach and Cape ...
4.4/5Excellent! (160 reviews)
"Good cheapie in Portland, which is surprisingly hard to get. We could walk to supermarket, but meal joints around there (other than fast food places) mostly closed, I'm guessing as a result of it being Monday evening. We went to a pub near the wood chip docks for a lovely meal"

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2021

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
The price is AU$100 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (72 reviews)
Our honeymoon
"The stay was so good we stayed an extra night"

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2021

NRMA Portland Bay Holiday Park
Portland Tourist Park
Portland Tourist Park
2 out of 5
74 Garden Street, Portland, VIC
The price is AU$130 per night from 6 Oct. to 6 Oct.
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! (87 reviews)
"Big shower with good pressure. Booking was easy. Couch wasn’t very comfortable."

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2021

Portland Tourist Park
Quest Portland
Quest Portland
4 out of 5
66 Julia Street, Portland, VIC
The price is AU$164 per night from 24 Sep. to 24 Sep.
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! (428 reviews)
"Rooms were big & the layout was great. Separate bedroom is always a quiet retreat from the noise of the television."

Reviewed on 5 Apr. 2021

Quest Portland
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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