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.


Portland plays home to a range of Gannets throughout the months of September to March each year. Being the only mainland colony in Australia, Portland has the ability to give you a rare experience to see both the Australasian Gannet alongside the Cape Gannet.
The Gannets are here 24/7 throughout these months with some nesting while others go fishing. You can see these beautiful creatures from a lookout at any time of the day however if you wish to get up close to these stunning birds it is possible by organising a guided visit. The Portland Visitor Information Centre organises the visits and a volunteer will meet you out at the designated time to get within 10 metres of the birds.

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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.

An action packed 45 minute tour by boat where you can get up close and personal with the largest mainland breed seal colony in Australia. Watch the adult and baby seals surf, slide down the rocks and jump beside the boat. If your lucky you will even see dolphins and whales as well.


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.

Take advantage of some amazing fishing points around the harbour, along the Breakwater or even out amongst the Capes.  Or if you would rather try and tackle the big fish out towards the continental shelf get in touch with one of the many fishing charters or even bring your own boat and tackle the task of catching a big Tuna or Salmon. 

Fishing in Portland