Portland is the oldest settlement in Victoria, founded in 1834 and is the home of Victoria's first port.The port receives and sends cargo and stock all around the world and has a large industrialized area. Portland is home to Alcoa, a large aluminum smelter.
This wide sandy beach is home to Portland's surf club and a good place to swim, relax or surf. At the Western end of the beach you can trail walk over rocks and dunes and view the whales and seals during September through to April.
These quaint little trams carry passengers on a scenic route of Portland's bay.
Cape Nelson Lighthouse
This lighthouse was built in 1883 and is open for tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. From here you can view or walk through Cape Nelson National Park
Portland Maritime Discovery Centre
This modern designed museum located on the foreshore focuses on shipwreck history and maritime artifacts. You can also find good information on walks and trails here. Lee Breakwater Road (03 5523 2671).
The Great Southwest Walk
This amazing 250km circuit walk can be started in Portland and transverses forests, gorges, national parks, beaches, sand dunes and cliffs. The route can take 10 to 12 days but can also be done just as day trips. There are 16 campsites along the way and good maps and signs to follow. You can also join in tour guided walks.