Welcome, skip to the content.

Overview

Portland

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.

Whale watching

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. Keep an eye out at Port of Portland where they 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 out to Cape Nelson or Cape Bridewater.

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.

We couldn't find any results that matched your search criteria.

Try changing your filters or search terms to try again.

Things to do

Portland

6 of 8 results

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.

Museums

Portland Maritime Discovery Centre

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

National parks & reserves

Discovery Bay Coastal Park

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

Museums

Portland Powerhouse Motor and Car Museum

The Portland Powerhouse Motor and Car Museum features veteran, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, a Penny Farthing bicycle, stationary engines,...

Outdoor activities

Fishing

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.

Wildlife and zoos

Seals

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.

{{::accreditation.Alt}}
{{::item.EventDates[0]}}
{{::item.PriceRange}}
{{::item.MoreDatesText}}
{{::date}}

You may also like...

Nature & wildlife

Wildlife

See amazing wildlife in the Great Ocean Road region from whale watching to spotting koalas, seals, kangaroos and the elusive platypus.

Outdoor activities

Water sports

Take to the water along the Great Ocean Road and choose from an abundance of sporting activities including sea kayaking, surfing and scuba diving.

Outdoor activities

Walking and hiking

Walk the Great Ocean Road region's stunning coastal tracks and ancient rainforest trails and see breathtaking ocean views or dramatic waterfalls.

Nature & wildlife

Beaches and coastlines

Paddle, swim or surf in the crashing waves or take a relaxing stroll along the clean, golden sands of some of Australia's best beaches.