Whether you want to experience a quiet bushland retreat, enjoy a spectacular beach, dive into the history, explore a rich indigenous culture, or grab a bite at one of our many restaurants, the seaside town of Portland has something for everyone.

Introduce yourself to town by visiting the local Visitor Information Centre on the foreshore, taking a tram tour, or exploring on your own.

Beachgoers will love the family friendly Nuns Beach and the more adventurous surfers may head to Crumpets Beach to catch a choice wave. Rather be catching fish instead of looking at them? No worries! There are lots of fishing spots all around Portland – catch snapper from Lee Breakwater or squid in the evening on our floating jetties.

If walks and wildlife are more your style, be sure to check out Fawthrop Lagoon where up to 150 different species of birds and koalas can be reasonably easily found sleeping or feeding in trailside trees. Seals are often spotted playing in the harbor along with an enormous variety colourful fish that can be seen on a calm, sunny day. The famed Great Southwest Walk also starts right in Portland behind the Visitor Information Centre!

Culture and History abound here too – with more than 100 historic buildings, battery point, and several museums, you can get your history fill in Portland. If you pay close attention, you may also see the stories in the land itself and discover a rich culture that carry them with an oral tradition; shell middens, ancient villages, and aquaculture systems from a time before European arrival can be found.

With so much on offer, Portland is definitely a destination worth exploring!


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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.