Portland Accommodation Guide

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General Information About Portland

Portland is Victoria’s first settlement and is one of the best kept secrets. Situated on the far South West Coast of Victoria we are a perfect holiday destination for all. Portland offers a great range of activities. Fantastic beaches, fishing, Whale watching, tours of aboriginal sites, shopping, history and botanical gardens. Portland has a large range of quality accommodation to suit all needs and lengths of stays. With a great range of restaurants, cafes and take away food options as well as local shopping for those who prefer to self cater, we are sure you will be able to find all your culinary needs..

Portland Scenery

South of Portland is Cape Nelson which includes a 210 hectare state park bordering rugged cliffs with the Cape Nelson Lighthouse located on the coast's southern tip. To the west is Cape Bridgewater, which marks the start of the Discovery Bay Coastal Park.

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Portland Harbour

Portland is the only deep-water sea port between Adelaide and Melbourne, making it a major centre for sea transport of goods and produce from the surrounding areas. A large sheltered harbour provides calm waters for a marina, wharves and shipping berths. One of Portland's major industries is the Alcoa aluminium smelter which commenced operations in 1986..

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Portland History

In 1833 Edward Henty undertook an unsuccessful voyage to South Australia in search of good land for the family's rural enterprises. On the way back he stopped in at Portland Bay to pick up whale oil for the family company in Launceston and decided the land at Portland Bay was suitable for the establishment of a branch of the family firm.

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Attractions in Portland

Portland is first and foremost an industrial town with a very busy deep water port and quite a lot of heavy manufacturing industry, however it is also one of Victoria's most historic towns and although Portland is not a resort town it is an interesting place to visit and along with its history it has some very picturesque local scenery.

The First Settlement

The Hentys are widely regarded as the first Europeans to establish a permanent settlement in Victoria (in part as a result of their self-promotion on that subject). Consequently in November 1984 Victoria's 150th anniversary celebrations commenced at Portland. The Prince and Princess of Wales visited Portland the following year. However, there seems no doubt that permanent European settlement commenced with Dutton's large-scale fishery in March 1833 which was not, as some have assumed, a purely seasonal enterprise. Surveyor and explorer Thomas Mitchell visited Portland Bay during his search for good pasturage south of the Murray River in August 1836. He was amazed to find the settlement in existence. Indeed when an Aboriginal guide asserted that he could see houses and a ship at anchor Mitchell was disbelieving. However, when a boot print and broken bottle were found in the sand, and cattle tracks nearby, he was convinced and so named the beach area the 'Convincing Ground', by which name it is still known today. As the explorer approached the settlement both parties initially suspected the other of being bushrangers. Mitchell noted some 200 people at Portland. At the Hentys' request he named the nearby river the Surry after the family benefactor Lord Surry.

Portland Culture and History

Local Indigenous Culture

The Portland district was once occupied by the Kerrup-Tjmara people who called the district 'Pulumbete' meaning 'Little Lake' (a reference to what is now called Fawthrop Lagoon). Although there were thousands of indigenous inhabitants in the 1830s the usual sorry tale surrounding white impact on Aboriginal communities meant that virtually none remained by 1885.

Population

The city has a current population of around 12 000 and is situated at an elevation of 45 metres. Portland features many historic buildings and short stretches of beach fronting safe still waters, ideal for family recreation. Portland Bay is ideal for boating, fishing and sailboarding and there are many fine surfing spots in the area. The district is also profuse with outstanding natural attractions.

Mary MacKillop

Mary MacKillop, declared a saint in 1995 for her tireless work in the fields of education, social reform and assistance to the poor and disadvantaged, arrived at Portland in 1862 to act as governess to the daughters of Mrs Duncan Cameron, a relative of the family. She became sacristan at All Saints Catholic Church. In 1863 she obtained her first formal teaching position at a local common school (now All Saints Primary School)..

Portland Nightlife

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Portland Restaurants

Portland Pubs and Clubs

Richmond Henty Motel101 Bentink St

Mid Price

Comfort Inn Richmond Henty puts you in the center of Portland, within a 30-minute drive of Bridgewater Bay Beach, Seal Point, and Bridgewater Petrified Forest. Highlights at this hotel include 4 bars/lounges, a restaurant, and an outdoor swimming pool.

AVG/NIGHT$120 Web Site

William Dutton Motel 141 Percy Street

Economy

At William Dutton Motel, you'll be within a 20-minute drive of Bridgewater Bay Beach, Seal Point, and Bridgewater Petrified Forest. Highlights at this motel include free in-room WiFi. You can enjoy coffee/tea makers, hair dryers, and irons/ironing boards, featured in all rooms. Refrigerators and room service make in-room dining convenient.

AVG/NIGHT$100 WEB SITE

Whalers Rest Motor Inn714 Henty Highway

485 reviews

At Best Western Whalers Rest Motor Inn, you'll be within a 30-minute drive of Bridgewater Bay Beach, Seal Point, and Bridgewater Petrified Forest. Highlights at this beachfront motel include free self parking and a bar/lounge.

AVG/NIGHT$110 WEB SITE

Admella Motel 5 Otway Street

485 reviews

At Admella Motel, you'll be within a 20-minute drive of Bridgewater Bay Beach, Seal Point, and Bridgewater Petrified Forest. This smoke-free motel offers barbecue grills and luggage storage. Additionally, you'll find WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. There's also the convenience of self parking.

AVG/NIGHT$95 SELECT

Cape Nelson Lighthouse 119 Cape Nelson Road

423 reviews

4-star inn in Portland West with restaurant At Cape Nelson Lighthouse, you'll be 29.5 km (18.3 mi) from Bridgewater Bay Beach and 29.9 km (18.6 mi) from Seal Point. Highlights at this inn include a restaurant, and in-room kitchens and washers/dryers.

AVG/NIGHT$120 SELECT
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Goldfields Region Travel Options

Getting Here

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Local Travel

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Public Transport

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