Located 200 metres from the town centre, Annesley House is just a short 2-minute stroll to shops, cafes and beaches. Portland is on the Great Ocean Road, half-way between Melbourne and Adelaide. If travelling directly from Melbourne allow a good 4 hours for the 356km journey and from Adelaide allow close to 6 hours for the 540km drive.

Local Attractions

Our website provides a little information on some of the highlights, but we recommend that you check out Trip Advisor or www.iamportland.com.au for a huge range of options and places to book.

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Explore Portland's Waterfront

Stroll around the trawler wharf, watching the local fishing boats unload their catch.  

The trawler wharf makes an excellent vantage point to watch the chip trucks unloading. Each truck only takes a few minutes as it tips nearly vertical to unload.

However, fishing is its true drawcard whether it’s deep-sea fishing from the shore, taking a fishing charter in the hope of catching a prized Tuna or having some fun squid fishing – it is a fishing enthusiast dream.

Another must-see location around Portland harbour are Nuns’ Beach 88 steps to a white sandy beach (don’t forget to take your SUP!).

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Local Gourmet Delights

Make your way to Portland Seafoods on the Trawler Wharf Deegan Seafood and grab a crayfish or some fresh fish to cook up! 

Pop into Admella’s Fruit n Fruit at 100 Percy Street and pick up some local gourmet delights and artesian breads.


Bridgewater Bay & Shelly Beach

Take a drive to Bridgewater Bay and walk to Shelly Beach or alternatively Fur Seal Colony. Reward yourself with a coffee from the café located on the beachfront.

This forms part of the Great South West Walk, a 250 km loop walk that will take you on an unforgettable adventure via the forests of the Cobboboonee National Park, the majestic river gorges of the Lower Glenelg National Park and the picturesque coastal town of Nelson. The return leg meanders along sublime bays, high rugged cliffs and capes, a Fur Seal colony at Cape Bridgewater, the Point Danger Gannet Rookery and back to  of Portland.


"The Enchanted Forest"

Wander “The Enchanted Forest” on Scenic Rd, Cape Nelson. A 45-minute round trip walk through a dense, almost tropical vegetation which creates a unique and enchanting canopy to lookouts and boardwalks with views over the ocean and spectacular cliff formations.

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Budj Bim Tour

Budj Bim cultural landscape is made up of a series of locations including Lake Condah, Muldoons Trap Complex and the Tyrendarra Indigenous protected area. The Budj Bim cultural landscape features the earliest living example of aquaculture in the world, with a history of eel farming dating back over 6,000 years.

The best way to experience the history and culture of the Gunditjmara people is via a guided tour. Book today https://www.budjbim.com.au/

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Portland Strawberry Farm

Pop into the Portland Strawberry Farm for the sweetest and tastiest strawberries and the most delicious ice-cream going around. They also make their own jam, sauces and preserves.

Located at 87 Princes Hwy, Bolwarra.