Backpacking Portland

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    CHECK OUT SOME OF THE 55KM LONG REMOTE OCEAN BEACH AT DISCOVERY BAY COASTAL PARK: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    TAKE A WALK AROUND CAPE BRIDGEWATER TO SEE SOME GREAT VIEWS OF THE COAST: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    YOU CAN ALSO GET SOME EXCELLENT VIEWS FROM TOP OF THE CAPE NELSON LIGHTHOUSE: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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Portland Highlights

  • Undertake part, or all of the Great South West Walk, a 250 kilometre loop that begins and ends in Portland. Along the way you will see plenty of spectacular scenery.

  • The western end of one of Australia's most scenic drives - the Great Ocean Road begins here. This road passes by some of Victoria's most stunning scenery, including the famous 12 Apostles.

  • Go scuba diving and explore reefs, kelp forests and see an abundance of marine life.

  • Explore the extinct volcano at Mount Richmond National Park.

  • Head to Cape Nelson State Park for spectacular coastal cliffs, diverse bird life and some picturesque walks.

  • Walk around Cape Bridgewater to see some spectacular scenery including views over the white sands and deep-blue waters of Bridgewater Bay, sand-petrified forest, freshwater springs and lakes, rugged cliffs and a blowhole.

  • Learn about Portland's long seafaring history, step inside the rib cage of a Sperm Whale skeleton and discover information about the coast's shipwreck trail at Portland Maritime Discovery Centre.

  • Take a boat tour to see the largest mainland seal colony in Australia of around 1000 fur seals.

  • Explore some of the remote coastline at Discovery Bay Coastal Park.

About Portland

Population 9,600

This place is about history, discovering rugged landscapes and water activities. The town was Victoria's first permanent European settlements in 1834 and there is plenty of evidence of this with over 200 beautifully restored heritage buildings and residences.

The western end of one of Australia's most scenic drives - the Great Ocean Road begins here. This road passes by some of Victoria's most stunning scenery, including the famous 12 Apostles.

It is also one of the main access points to the Great South Walk, which travels over 250 kilometres through some stunning and spectacular landscapes.

Situated on the coast, you can get some good waves for surfing, do some fishing, or partake in some other water sports and activities.

Orientation Map for Portland


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Portland Visitor Information Centre

Lee Breakwater Rd
Portland, Victoria
Phone 1800 035 567
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