Activities in Portland
With so much history and opportunities for exploring and relaxing in Portland, it's hard to work out what to do first! Here is a list of a few things that might be of interest...
Watch the whales from your balcony at Centreport units.......
- Visit the Portland Maritime Discovery Centre allows you to see one of the oldest lifeboats in the world and sit inside the ribcage of a giant sperm whale skeleton - plenty of other marine associated things to explore
- Visit the World War II Memorial Lookout Tower and enjoy the view
- Visit the PowerHouse Vintage Car Museum
- Catch the Portland Cable Tram along the foreshore
- Visit the Botanical Gardens
- Visit the Portland Arts Centre or Arts Company for your fix of art
- Have a dip at the Portland Leisure and Aquatic Centre (heated pools)
- Simply walk the streets and imagine what it was like when the building were built
- Visit the Cape Nelson Light Station
- Keep an eye out for whales during Summer
- Bird watch at Point Danger and Fawthrop Lagoon
- Enjoy as much of the 220km Great South West Walk as you can handle
- Plenty of self-guided tours including the trails of Mary MacKillop
- Enjoy a round of golf at Portland Golf Club
- Vist Portlands Strawberry Farm - delicious!http://portlandstrawberries.com.au/
THE TUNA ARE RUNNING
Portland Victoria has been a major fishing port since before its settlement in 1834.Fortunately, whaling and sealing ceased in the last century, however the local industry and recreational fishing are still strong.
Operating under a sustainable theory , local industry ensures the survival and ongoing species that habitat the waters off Portland.
Deep sea trawling operates from the harbour and supplies are sent throughout the world of such fish as Blue Grenadien, Ling, Trevally and Orange Roughy. All local catches can be sampled at an abundance of restaurants.
Portland is also the largest Victorian port for Lobster, Though a majorioty of the catch is exported, a cooked fresh lobster can be purchased from the pier.
March to June brings the squid out on a still night and is a popular catch along the harbour piers.
Half of Victorias Quota for Abalone is delivered from Portland and most is exported to Asia though the locals may be able to help with some samplings.
Currently Tuna are in abundance in Portland and local fishing tips can be obtained at the Bait and Tackle shops along the front street of Portland or visit www.portlandbaittackle.com.au
After trying some fishing from the surf beaches or wharves, a fishing charter to land some Southern Bluefin Tuna is a great option. Contact Joe Mob 0419 100 324 www.gameoncharters.com.au