Victoria’s first permanent settlement in 1834, Portland is set around the port where Lieutenant James Grant sailed into on the Lady Nelson in 1800. With a strong maritime history, the city itself is lined with over 200 gorgeous heritage buildings. History-buffs can indulge in the self-guided Historical Buildings Walk to get a closer view and a detailed insight into the historical significance of the city.
A thriving harbourside city today, Portland is also proud to be the retail heart of the Discovery Coast. Boutique shops, mainstream stores, great cafes and restaurants mean it’s always bustling with activity. Head to the mall, a shopping centre, or explore the streets dotted with opportunities to browse and give that credit card a workout. Then a cold drink in the sun by the harbour is always going to satisfy.
Of course, if you’re coming to Portland it would be a crime to leave without even getting your toes wet. Excellent surfing and beautiful beaches make it hard to resist. If you’re angling for a bite, this fisherman’s paradise will have you hooked on fresh King George whiting, flathead, snapper and tuna. But if you’d rather a little splashing, take a whale watching tour or say hello to the playful Australian fur seals waddling around on rocks nearby. Once you’ve seen it all firsthand, get a bit of history to the water at the Portland Maritime Discovery Centre. Get photos that’ll wow your friends when you step into the rib cage of a Sperm Whale skeleton and uncover treasures from the many shipwrecks off this rugged coastline.
Back on dry land, pull on those joggers and traipse a section of the 250-kilometer Great South West Walk, or take a day trip out to the amazing Grampians. The Grampians National Park boasts impressive rugged mountain ranges, eye-grabbing wildflowers and many Aboriginal rock art sites. If you’d rather an urban day trip, head to Port Fairy, just under an hour away. The charming fishing village has a buzzing local art scene, interesting old stone churches and gorgeous wide streets lined with Norfolk pines. But the biggest prize on your doorstep in Portland is the entire world-class Great Ocean Road!
Perfectly located between Melbourne and Adelaide, getting to Portland is super easy. Just follow the Great Ocean Road signs! If you’re in a rush, alternatively you can drive straight up the Princes Highway from or Adelaide. If you’re looking to channel your inner explorer, some people even ride the journey. Whatever you do, you won’t regret it! Check out our range of Portland hotels today!
Hotels in Portland start at AU$81 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.