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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.

Days of old

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 and then climb aboard the Portland Cable Tram and roll on through the Botanic Gardens, the Powerhouse Vintage Car Museum, WWII Memorial Lookout Tower and the Cable Tram Museum. 

Whales and furry seals

Visit between June and August for a chance to get within just metres of a mighty southern right whale. Watch from the port, head out into the harbor, or make your way out west to Cape Bridgewater to see these giants of the sea on their annual migration through the Southern Ocean. While out on Cape Bridgewater, be sure to check out the colony of Australian fur seals, which number more than 600.

Peer out from Port of Portland where the whales often come to play within metres of the Lee Breakwater. For a glimpse of the blue whales that come in to feed on the local krill from November to May, head to Cape Nelson or back up to Cape Bridgewater.

Waterfront activity

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 and watch blue whales off Cape Nelson.

If you're after a spot of fishing, Portland is 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.

While locals may want to keep it quiet, Portland also has some of the best surf this side of Bells Beach.

Walk this way

See some of the highest coastal cliffs in Victoria overlooking the deep-blue waters of Bridgewater Bay, where the coastline follows the rim of a huge, ancient volcano crater. Discover more natural landmarks and native flora and fauna along the Great South West Walk.

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Things to do


National parks & reserves

Discovery Bay Coastal Park

This remote coastal park protects 55 kilometre of ocean beach. Inland, the park encompasses high coastal cliffs, huge rolling sand dunes and...

National parks & reserves

Cape Nelson State Park

The picnic areas at Cape Nelson State Park set in quiet bush surroundings are an ideal location for a pleasant meal with family and friends. A range...


Portland Cable Trams

Come and explore Victoria's birthplace by the sea onboard Portland Cable Trams. Travel along Portland's historic foreshore and enjoy the breathtaking...

Wildlife and zoos


See playful Australian fur seals waddle, lumber and tumble down off rocks and into the sea on a Lady Julia Percy Island or Cape Bridgewater cruise.

Wildlife and zoos

Whale watching

Watch breathtaking southern right whales and blue whales as they make their annual migration to the coastal waters off Warrnambool and Portland.

Beaches & coastlines

Cape Bridgewater

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.


Portland Maritime Discovery Centre

At Portland Maritime Discovery Centre you'll experience a range of activities. Step inside the rib cage of the Sperm Whale skeleton. Unfold the...

Walking & hiking

Cape Bridgewater Trail

Trace the carved shoreline of Bridgewater Bay to a viewing platform overlooking a busy seal colony or continue the trail through the petrified forest.

Outdoor activities


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.


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