Top things to do

Fish & Chips in Portland

Deegan Seafoods

This fish and chip shop famously serves up the freshest fish in Victoria. Whether you go the flake or the calamari rings, you're in for a serious treat.
Waterfront in Portland

Historic Waterfront

The grassy precinct overlooking the harbour has several heritage bluestone buildings. Customs House (1850) is still a working office, but you can ask to see its fascinating display of confiscated booty in the cellar…
Landmark in Portland

Portland Cable Tram

This restored 1886 cable tram (now diesel-powered) does five trips a day, plying a 7.4km circular route on a track laid in 2002 that links the vintage-car museum, botanical gardens, Maritime Discovery Centre and WWI…
Seafood in Portland

Captain's Galley

Sharing space with the Portland Maritime Discovery Centre, directly overlooking the ocean, this cafe boasts unquestionably the best view in town. Its highlight is the fresh, locally caught seafood, including fish an…
Museum in Portland

Portland Maritime Discovery Centre

Excellent displays on shipwrecks and Portland's whaling history, plus a sperm whale skeleton that washed ashore and an original 1858 wooden lifeboat. There's also a cafe here with one of the best views in town.
Museum in Portland

Powerhouse Motor & Car Museum

Set in a massive shed decorated in motor paraphernalia is this car-enthusiasts’ dream, featuring 50-plus vintage and classic Australian and international vehicles, motorbikes, tractors and trams dating back to the e…
Museum in Portland

History House

Located in the former town hall (1863), this is an interesting museum detailing Portland's rich colonial and maritime history. There's also info on the drama-filled period St Mary MacKillop spent in Portland teachin…
Pub Food in Portland

Mac's Hotel

Portland's best pub for a cold beer and a feed is this historic hotel that's most popular for its $10 counter lunches. There's also its more upmarket Admelia's dining room, with historic charm and a good selection o…
Books in Portland

Paper Nautilus Bookstore

A rambling secondhand bookshop in a building dating from 1852. Has an excellent selection covering all genres. It's of most interest for its Australian history selection, including books about the immediate Portland…
Cafe in Portland

Cafe Bahloo

Housed in the original bluestone watchkeeper's house, across from the harbour, vibrant and arty Bahloo serves all-day breakfasts, toasties, Mt Gambier–roasted single-origin coffees and juices, and has a well-stocked…