Portland is located 99km west of Warrnambool on a beautiful bay. The harbour-side town offers a less crowded coastline to escape to and enjoy recreational water activities, beaches, fishing, gardens and wildlife.
There are several beaches
in and around town suitable for swimming and popular surf beaches are located at Cape Sir William Grant, Cape Nelson and Cape Bridgewater, not far from town.
Fishermen can enjoy throwing a line in at the Breakwater which is a popular land-based spot, launch a boat at the marina and try your luck in the harbour or have a go at game fishing with a local charter and haul in some impressive catches for your brag board.
Harbour and town views can be seen from high above in the World War II lookout tower. The panoramic views can be appreciated from the tower viewing deck daily between 10am and 4pm and a nominal entry fee applies. The interior of the tower has also been converted into an armed service museum.
The Botanical Gardens are a beautiful attraction in the town. Featuring a stunning array of bright roses and dahlias, manicured croquet lawns and barbeque and picnic facilities, the colourful gardens are worth a visit. Open daily between sunrise and sunset.
Cape Bridgewater and its remarkable scenery and resident seal colony is just 18km from town via Otway St. The beaches here are magnificent and the coastal walk over headland and the highest coastal cliff in Victoria at 130m above sea level to the seal viewing platform is thoroughly enjoyable. The scenic walk takes about 40 minutes at a steady pace and has steep sections requiring moderate fitness. The seals are very intriguing, basking in the sun on the rocks, calling to each other, swimming, playing and fighting. It’s a fabulous experience to observe nature at work. Tours by boat are also available and run for 45 minutes after a 15 minute walk to the departure jetty.
Another scenic attraction at Cape Bridgewater is the Blow Holes
. A 200m walk to the rugged coastline finds the blow holes which spray when the swell is high enough. Also located on the coast here is a wind farm
, part of the local Wind Energy Project, utilising nature to produce green energy.
This region is blessed with scenic coastline, a thriving seafood industry and excellent recreational fishing opportunities. Portland is a great location to enjoy the Southern Ocean in a quieter part of the state.
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