Located just 353 kilometres away, getting to Portland from Melbourne (or SA) is easy. After all, its landmark, the famous Great Ocean Road, cannot be missed. Coaches and rail transportation are available, as well as flights coming directly from Avalon and Tullamarine airport.

To prepare for your trip, here is some transportation information regarding Portland that will come in handy.

By Car

Portland is 353 kilometres away from Melbourne CBD and will take approximately 4 hours to drive along the inland route or 5 hours via the Great Ocean Road.

The step by step directions below should take you there:  

  • Travel from Melbourne city onto the Westgate Freeway
  • Continue onto Princes Freeway
  • Arrive Portland Alternatively, exit the Princes Hwy at the Torquay exit to travel the scenic Great Ocean Road coastal route.

Travel times to Portland from -  

  • Melbourne – 4 hours and 26 minutes
  • Adelaide – 6 hours and 15 minutes
  • Mount Gambier – 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Port Fairy– 55 minutes
  • Hamilton – 1 hour

By Train

Train services operated by V/Line are available from Melbourne to Warrnambool, stopping along the way in major towns like Geelong and Colac. To reach Portland from Melbourne, catch the Warrnambool train from Southern Cross Station. Busses to Portland connect at Warrnambool Station. See connecting bus information under 'By Bus'. Train times vary and are not available 24/7. For train stops and timetables, please visit

Website: ptv.vic.gov.au
Phone: 1800 800 007

By Plane

Melbourne Airport

Also known as Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne Airport is the second busiest airport in Australia and is the major airport servicing the city with both domestic and international flights. Transport services and
car hire are available onsite with connection to the city by public and private operators.  Airport accommodation is available and basic convenience stores, cafes and restaurants are available most hours.

Website: www.melbourneairport.com.au
Phone: +61 3 9297 1600


Avalon Airport

Located just outside of Geelong and only 45 minutes from Melbourne CBD, Avalon Airport is the closest airport to the start of the Great Ocean Road, being only a 35 minute drive from Torquay. It offers easy transport options to Geelong and Torquay as well as plenty of car hire options. Avalon Airport currently supports budget Jetstar flights to and from Sydney, the Gold Coast, Adelaide and Hobart.  

Website: www.avalonairport.com.au
Phone: +61 3 5227 9100
Toll Free: 1800 AVALON (1800 282 566)