Explore Portland and Discovery Coast and spot seals at Cape Bridgewater, watch blue whales off Cape Nelson or traverse the Great South West Walk. Discover a colourful history, get back to nature, surf some great waves, catch a fish, wander historic streets and dine on great local food and wine.
Take the Portland self-guided Historic Buildings Walk for a closer look at the city's hundreds of heritage buildings. Portland became Victoria's first permanent European settlement in 1834. Wander the streets boasting more than 200 beautifully maintained heritage buildings and private residences. 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 and watch for whales during the winter months. If you're after a spot of fishing, Portland is an angler's paradise. From a boat or the beach the range of fish that can be hooked is extensive, including King George whiting, flathead, snapper, tuna and mulloway. While locals may want to keep it quiet, Portland also has some of the best surf this side of Bells Beach.
Things to do
See some of the highest coastal cliffs in Victoria overlooking the deep-blue waters of Bridgewater Bay and see the large breeding colony of fur seals.
Target snapper, tuna and kingfish along some of the best ocean fishing grounds along the Great Ocean Road or cast a line for river bream or whiting.
Discover the dramatic coastline of the Great Ocean Road region that has claimed more than 180 ships in its colourful maritime history.