After a decade of campaigning, the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape has been granted World Heritage Listing. Budj Bim, previously known as Mount Eccles, is a long dormant volcano that erupted over 30,000 years ago. This eruption created a lava flow which extends over 50 kilometres southwest and covers what is now known as the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape.
The Great South West Walk has been developed as a bushwalking trail suitable for most ages and abilities comprising short 2 hour loop walks, full day walks, or for the intrepid, the whole 250km loop that begins and ends at the Maritime Discovery and Visitor Information Centre in Portland Victoria, Australia.
Explore the range of events that the Portland region has to offer.
Portland plays home to the beautiful Australasian Gannets as well as the Cape Gannets. being one of the only mainland colonies in Australia we offer a chance to see these beautiful creatures up close and personal.
MUST DO’S IN PORTLAND
Only 20 minutes from Portland, Cape Bridgewater is a picturesque and secluded. See some of the highest coastal cliffs in Victoria overlooking the deep-blue waters of Bridgewater Bay that stretches in a perfect crescent around the rim of a huge, ancient volcano crater.
CAPE NELSON LIGHTHOUSE
The Cape Nelson State Park, near Portland on Victoria's southwest coast is a 243-hectare state park. Attractions include a 3-kilometre clifftop walk and a visit to the Cape Nelson lighthouse.
CASTERTON KELPIE MUSTER
Portland has a busy calendar of events that attract tourism and visitation. Consider including these events on your website to help your visitors plan their trip. You should also try and plan ahead to give your business a presence at them or build packages and online activity around them.
TALK TO THE LOCALS
Portland Visitor Information Centre
Lee Breakwater Road, Portland
Phone - 1800 035 567
Casterton Visitor Information Centre
139 Henty Street, Casterton
Phone - 03 5554 2440
Nelson Visitor Information Centre
Leake Street, Nelson
Phone - 08 8738 4051
SPOILT FOR CHOICE
Southern Right Whales, which often visit Portland and Cape Bridgewater Bays in winter are easily identified by large white bumps on the top and sides of the head.
An exhilarating three-minute-journey across the sea follows, delivering visitors to the striking seal colony, abundant in playful Australian and New Zealand fur seals.
If you're after a spot of fishing, Portland is literally an angler's paradise. Choose from boat fishing or beach fishing and hook yourself a King George whiting, flathead, snapper, tuna or mulloway.
GREAT SOUTH WEST WALK
The 250km trek, which weaves through the communities of Portland, Cape Bridgewater, and Nelson, across the capes of Discovery Bay and trailing the Glenelg River, is one of the region’s biggest tourist attractions.