Portland, Victoria Attractions

Portland, Victoria Attractions
Portland is located in Victoria, Australia on Portland Bay, 361km west of Melbourne. It caters to outdoor enthusiasts with its boating, sail boarding and fishing activities found along the coast. Portland is home to the Glenelg River, which flows through the Lower Glenelg National Park, where water enthusiasts can enjoy the outdoors with kayaking, fishing, canoeing and power boating. In addition to the water activities in Portland, several hiking, mountain biking and walking trails, bird watching, rock climbing and caving opportunities abound.

Portland Maritime Discovery Center

Explore Portland's history through the Portland Maritime Discovery Center. At this Portland attraction, step inside the rib cage of a sperm whale skeleton and walk along the historic Shipwreck Trail. The Portland Maritime Discovery Center allows you to see the past treasures and traditions of people who lived by the coast. The centerpiece of this museum is the Portland Lifeboat, which is the oldest surviving intact vessel in Australia, famous for rescuing 19 people from the 1859 Admella shipwreck. The park is located along the Glenelg Highway with access from Halls Gap via Stawell, Ararat, Horsham or Dunkeld.

Portland Maritime Discovery Center
Lee Breakwater Rd
Portland VIC 3305
(03) 5523 2671
glenelg.vic.gov.au

Grampians National Park

Grampians National Park has ranges that are primarily made of sandstone that are almost 100 km long and run north to south. This park features rock climbing, canoeing, abseiling, mountain biking, hiking and guided walking tours. The Grampians National Park also has camping areas that are accessible by car with pit toilets, fireplaces and picnic tables.

Grampians National Park
Parks Victoria Information Centre
(03) 8627 4699
parkweb.vic.gov.au

Portland Cable Trams

The Portland Cable Trams provide a scenic ride to the Portland Botanic Gardens, Portland Maritime Discovery Center, Powerhouse Vintage Car Museum, WWII Memorial Lookout Tower and the Cable Tram Museum. The trams are restored saloon cars and an exact replica of a grip car, driven by a concealed diesel engine. The route that the Portland Cable Trams run along is scenic as it runs along Henty Beach, providing a view of a working deep water harbor. It then climbs to the top of a cliff, giving panoramic views of Portland Bay and the harbor, and then runs along a historically significant ploughed field. The Portland Cable Trams are an attraction in itself and provides transportation to other popular attractions in Portland.

Portland Cable Trams
2a Bentinck St.
Portland VIC 3305
(03) 5523 2831
portlandcabletrams.com.au

Article Written By William Peterman

William Peterman is a registered nurse with experience in mental health, surgery, urology, drug research and critical care. Peterman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and also has a Master of Business Administration. His articles on health and nutrition have appeared on various online publications.

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