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Visiting Portland

Discover Victoria’s Birthplace by the sea when you visit Portland. Established in 1834 by Tasmanian Edward Henty, the town was Victoria’s first permanent European settlement.

Portland is situated around the picturesque harbour and working port. It offers great accommodation, places to dine and things to do and see.

The town’s historic past is to thank for the hundreds of beautiful historic buildings scattered throughout the coastal town, many of which date back to the early 1800s.

The area’s maritime history is showcased at the Portland Maritime Discovery Centre. This centre, which has been built alongside a shipwreck on Portland’s foreshore, showcases numerous maritime artefacts, as well as highlighting the many ships that came to grief as a result of the unforgiving Southern Ocean.

For more information on things to see and do in Portland, contact the:
Portland Visitor Information Centre, Lee Breakwater Road
Open daily 9.00am-5.00pm (except Christmas Day)
Phone: 1800 035 567 (toll free)
or Email:

Portland - Destined for Your Love

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