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Attractions to Visit in Portland, Victoria

Updated on January 19, 2013

Situated in a historic town, Portland is on the south-eastern coastal region of Victoria, Australia, and offers a wide-range of appealing attractions. Portland is home to a vibrant waterfront where locals or visitors can admire the vast fishing fleets or watch for whales. A tourist to the region is likely to explore such attractions as the historic building walk to view the original settlements dating back to 1834, with its many heritage constructions.

Below are some of the finest attractions to appear in the city of Portland:

Cape Nelson State Park

There is an exciting choice of outside activities, such as the large-sized state parks and the self-guided bushwalking trails available to those visiting this delightful region of Victoria. At approx 243-hectare (or 600-acre), the Cape Nelson State Park is able to offer a great selection of natural walks across a choice of terrains, from inland to coastal trails. Once inside and exploring the park, you are likely to come across a range of local wildlife, such as the echidna, wallaby, and kangaroo. One of the most favoured attractions is the daily tours of the Lighthouse Reserve, which a change to glimpse out across the bay and view the seals, dolphins, and whales playing or feeding.

Portland Maritime Discovery Centre

A perfect stop-off point for the tourist is the Portland Maritime Discover Centre which is home to the maritime museum and visitor information area. Constructed in 1998, the exhibits contained within the centre delve into the culture of the first inhabitants and the ocean mysteries of the Portland harbour area. Its museum offers several key focal points to explore, from a scale model of a 2-ton great white shark to the skeletal remains of a whale. A wide range of information is available on the many different styles of historic accommodation Portland. Also, discover all-types of information on the local shipwrecks – which for the adventurous can be viewed in person if willing to go on a dedicated scuba diving or snorkelling trip.

Seal Point

If able to, you really want to look at the possibility of joining a seal watching tour which includes a 40-minute return boat ride to Cape Bridgewater with the ability to view the most impressive mainland habitat of seals. It is believed that up to 1000 fur seals have taken up residency in this region of Australia among the many rocky platforms and sand dunes. A seal watching tour gives a great opportunity to get up close and personal to the local wildlife while being able to interact and take photos. Whilst exploring the local waters it might be possible for tour guests to get an eye full of other local wildlife, such as the whales, albatrosses, penguins, and dolphins.


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