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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.

Tours conducted twice daily. Climb all of the steps to the top of the lighthouse and see views of the wind-towers, the Capes and the Southern Ocean. Watch gannets, seals and whales from the top of the lighthouse. Hear stories of our fascinating and sometimes tragic maritime history.


Whale watching in and around Portland is at its peak over the winter period where the coastline plays host to many of the wonderful creatures.   The whales vary with sightings of Humpback Whales, the occasional Orca or two but mostly Southern Right Whales.

The Southern Right Whales, which often visit Portland, Cape Nelson and Cape Bridgewater Bay in winter are easily identified by large white bumps on the top and sides of the head.

Diving Whale Calf taken by Bob McPherson Permission Required August 2009