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PortlandAustralia

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.

Top Hotels in Portland

Quest Portland
Quest Portland
4 out of 5
66 Julia Street, Portland, VIC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,282 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

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! (420 reviews)

"Very handy to all businesses in town within walking of restaurants and by car"…"

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2020

Quest Portland
Comfort Inn Richmond Henty
Comfort Inn Richmond Henty
3.5 out of 5
101 Bentinck St, Portland, VIC
The price is ¥14,047 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (49 reviews)
would stay again

"Good clean hotel, great staff"…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Comfort Inn Richmond Henty
Whalers Rest Motor Inn
Whalers Rest Motor Inn
3 out of 5
714 Henty Highway North, Portland, VIC
The price is ¥7,861 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7

Situated by the sea, this motel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Whale Viewing Platform and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Nuns Beach. Bolwarra H44 Bushland Reserve and Bolwarra ...

4.3/5Excellent! (287 reviews)

"Very friendly staff and great location not too far the city centre"…"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

Whalers Rest Motor Inn
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.

Vacation Rentals in Portland

Quest Portland
Quest Portland
4 out of 5
66 Julia Street, Portland, VIC
The price is ¥11,282 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

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! (420 reviews)

"Very handy to all businesses in town within walking of restaurants and by car"…"

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2020

Quest Portland
Holiday Lifestyle Henty Bay Portland
Holiday Lifestyle Henty Bay Portland
3.5 out of 5
342 Dutton Way, Bolwarra, VIC

This Bolwarra campground is on the beach, 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Convincing Ground Historic and Cultural Features Reserve, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Nuns Beach ...

3.9/5Very Good! (124 reviews)

"I loved the location right on the beach front the cabin waa nice but there was no internet the manager and staff were all very friendly and helpful i would love to go back sometime"…"

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2020

Holiday Lifestyle Henty Bay Portland
Portland Tourist Park
Portland Tourist Park
3.5 out of 5
74 Garden Street, Portland, VIC
The price is ¥9,462 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4

Situated near the beach, this campground is within 1 mi (2 km) of Whale Viewing Platform and Nuns Beach. Powerhouse Motor & Car Museum and Fawthrop Lagoon are ...

3.8/5Good! (82 reviews)

"Clean and tidy cabin. Lots of room. Quiet location in the park."…"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2020

Portland Tourist Park
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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Apr 16, 2019

Nice quiet town with friendly people.

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