3 Day

Explore the Western End of Greatopia

DAY 1:

Casterton to Portland

Start your day by heading to Casterton.

  • Visit the Australian Kelpie Centre in Casterton. Explore the interpretative display that showcases the history of the Kelpie working dog and the story of Casterton’s European settlement. Take a walk along the trail and learn more about this iconic Australian breed.

  • High above Casterton, Mickle Lookout offers magnificent views straight down the main street and provides a prime photo opportunity. You can drive to the top or opt to walk if you want to stretch your legs. Stop in at Entwined Cafe & Restaurant for lunch, or pack a picnic to eat along the trip.

  • Continue your journey to Budj Bim National Park. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the area and explore the ancient volcanic landscape. Consider booking a Gunditjmara guided cultural tour in advance to enhance your experience.

  • Visit Tae Rak Aquaculture Centre, located on the shores of Lake Condah. Learn about the historic aquaculture site and the significance of eels in the local culture. Take the time to explore the gallery, retail space, and bush tucker café. Depart Budj Bim National Park and head towards Portland.

  • Arrive in Portland and enjoy a relaxing evening by exploring the town of Portland. Take a walk along the waterfront and dine at one of the local restaurants offering fresh seafood. Prepare your own at home fresh from The Portland Fish Market or venture out and dine like a local at The Royal Hotel or Macs Hotel.

Day 2:

Discover Portland

  • Start your day early with a delicious breakfast at Bahloo Portland. Head to Cape Nelson Lighthouse. Take a guided tour to learn about its history and enjoy panoramic views of the coastline.

  • Embark on a scenic drive to the Great South West Walk. Choose a section of the trail to hike, surrounded by stunning coastal scenery and native bushland. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy amidst nature.

  • Visit the Portland Cable Tram and take a ride through the town’s historic streets. The tram ride provides a fascinating insight into Portland’s past.

  • Explore the local art scene by visiting the Julia Street Creative Space or the Portland Arts Centre, where you can view exhibitions and support local artists.

  • For dinner, try a hearty meal from The Gordon Hotel, Clock by the Bay or a delicious burger and cocktail from Groke.

Day 3:

Portland to Nelson

  • Discover the history of the region at the Portland Maritime Discovery Centre. Explore interactive exhibits, learn about the local maritime heritage, and view the historical relics.

  • On your way home, head to the beautiful Bridgewater Bay and explore the Bridgewater Blowholes. Marvel at the powerful blowholes where waves crash against the rocks, creating spectacular displays.

  • Right on the western point of Cape Bridgewater lies the Petrified Forest, an experience that simply can’t be missed. The forest was once a collection of hollow limestone tubes, eroded by millions of years of rainfall. The water would gather on the sand-covered tubes, eventually dissolving the limestone and leaving behind cemented sand forming hard, trunk-shaped pipes. Most are around three metres high, while some reach as high as twenty! The forest scales the cliff’s edge, where you can gape at the powerful, swirling water below. You truly feel like you’re standing on the edge of the world! For lunch, grab a gourmet pie or sandwich from the Bridgewater Bay Cafe.

  • Head to Nelson, and stop in at the Nelson Visitor Information Centre and organise a scenic cruise along the Glenelg River. Enjoy the tranquil beauty of the river as you spot wildlife and take in the surrounding nature.

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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.