One of Victoria’s best-kept secrets, Portland is a town full of history, captivating landscapes and is the gateway to the magnificent twelve apostles and the great ocean road.
Portland’s history begins thousands of years ago, at nearby Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape, home to the only remaining permanent houses built by an Indigenous community in Australia. Portland’s more recent history can be seen at every turn, thanks to the town’s more than 200 beautifully maintained heritage buildings. If you’re curious about the town’s long seafaring history, the Portland Maritime Discovery Centre offers a great insight and the chance to step inside a sperm whale skeleton’s ribcage. Southern right and blue whales - the largest mammal that’s ever lived - regularly drop by Portland’s shore, thanks to its natural deepwater harbour. For a spot of nostalgia and an offbeat way to explore Portland, the Portland Cable Tram links the town’s most popular attractions including the Portland Botanic Gardens, Portland Maritime Discovery Centre and Powerhouse Vintage Car Museum.