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.
Take the Portland self-guided Historical Buildings Walk for 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 Maritime Discovery Centre for an insight into Portland’s long seafaring history.
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. Take a ride on the foreshore cable tram, spot seals at Cape Bridgewater, watch blue whales off Cape Nelson or traverse the Great South West Walk. While locals may want to keep it quiet, Portland also has some of the best surf this side of Bells Beach.
If you’re after a spot of fishing, Portland and it’s surrounds are an angler’s paradise. From a boat or the beach, there’s an extensive range of fish to be hooked, including King George whiting, flathead, snapper, tuna and mulloway.
GLENELG SHIRE COUNCIL
Address: 71 Cliff St, Portland, VIC 3305
Postal Address: PO Box 152, Portland VIC 3305
Hours: 8.30am to 5.00pm – Monday to Friday
Phone: 1300 453 635
Fax:+61 3 5522 2290
GLENELG VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES
Portland Visitor Information Centre & Maritime Discovery Centre
Address: Lee Breakwater Rd. Portland Vic 3305
Phone: 1800 035 567
Casterton Visitor Information Centre
Address: 3 Racecourse Rd. Casterton Vic 3311
Phone: (03) 5581 2070
Nelson Visitor Information Centre
Address: Leake St. Nelson Vic 3292
Phone: (08) 8738 4051