During your stay, take the time to explore the townships, each one offer something different from sweeping scenic views of rolling hills and productive agricultural land, to perfect pine plantations through the hinterland, and coastal beaches and rugged cliffs.
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. Take in the surreal landscape of the petrified forest which looks like a forest of tree roots turned into rock. Watch as the sea spray blasts metres skyward at the blowhole. See the large breeding colony of fur seals from a look out above.
Nestled in the valley of the Glenelg River, Casterton recognised as the birthplace of the Kelpie breed of dog and celebrates this each June long weekend with the Kelpie Muster, Festival and Working Dog Auction. Casterton is centrally situated to the wineries of the Coonawarra, the Grampians National Park, Portland and Mount Gambier's famous Blue Lake. Locally, Casterton offers historical buildings, including Warrrock Homestead station, and unique geographical attractions.
Dartmoor is situated on the banks and floodplain of the scenic and peaceful Glenelg River. In 1918, an avenue of Atlantic Cedars were planted as a memorial to those that served in the first World War. The Dartmoor Community and a local chainsaw artist, joined together to create nine tree carvings in the avenue of Honour, depicting service men and women in the army, navy and air force.
The town of Heywood services a wide area, and has a bustling town centre, complete with lovely streetscaping and an abundance of rose bushes. Part way between Portland and Casterton on the Princes Highway, Heywood is a place of significant cultural importance, and is also home to the popular Wood, Wine and Roses Festival.
The picturesque town of Narrawong is on the northern shore of Portland Bay. The foreshore is a popular spot for Summer holidays. The local boat ramp at the camping ground is a popular launching spot for Anglers. Narrawong's historic cemetery is home to William Dutton, Portland's first European Settler.
Narrawong boasts Timandra By the Sea a significant, award winning sustainable garden. Owned and designed by a multi award winning landscape designer, patrons are invited to visit the garden any day of the week.
Visit the beautiful township of Nelson that is situated on the Glenelg River, only two kilometres from the mouth of the river and 4 kilometres east of the South Australian Border. Nelson is a small town that is ideal for tourists that want a joyful and rather peaceful experience without the crowds of people to go fish, go for a canoe or swim or simply just relax on the beach or by the river.
Take your time to explore the beautiful Lower Glenelg National Park by taking a cruise up the Glenelg River or adventuring on the sand dunes at the gorgeous remote beach where the river meets the ocean. Spend a few hours experiencing the amazing Princess Margaret Rose Cave or take a day trip to one of the surrounding towns.
Delve into history and get back to nature in this thriving city by the sea. Wander streets dotted with beautifully maintained heritage buildings and dine on great pub fare while overlooking the busy harbour. Portland's waterfront is alive with activity – see big ships from around the world come in to load up produce while the local fishing fleet unload its catch. Walk the foreshore, spot seals at Cape Bridgewater, watch blue whales off Cape Nelson or traverse the Great South West Walk. There's plenty of coastline to explore.