Portland Maritime Discovery Centre

Great Ocean Road

Visit for excellent displays on shipwrecks and Portland's whaling history. Other highlights include a sperm-whale skeleton that washed ashore, a giant squid caught in 1997 and the original 1858 wooden lifeboat used to save 19 passengers after the disastrous wreck of the SS Admella. The cafe has one of the best views in town.

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1. Historic Waterfront

0.44 MILES

The grassy precinct overlooking the harbour has several heritage bluestone buildings. The Customs House (1850) is still a working office, but on weekdays…

2. History House

0.46 MILES

Located in the former town hall (1863), this interesting museum details Portland's rich colonial and maritime history. There's also info on the drama…

3. Powerhouse Motor & Car Museum

0.55 MILES

Set in a massive shed decorated with motor paraphernalia is this car enthusiast's dream, featuring 40 vintage and classic Australian and international…

4. Botanical Gardens

0.59 MILES

The third-oldest botanical gardens in Victoria (behind those in Melbourne and Geelong), this peaceful spot is a lovely place to stroll or enjoy a picnic…

5. Portland Cable Tram

0.65 MILES

This restored 1886 cable tram (now diesel powered) does four to five trips a day, plying a circular 7.4km route on a track laid in 2002 that links the…

6. Whale-Watching Platform

0.85 MILES

Set along the Great South West Walk is this superb purpose-built whale-viewing platform that looks out to stupendous views of the ocean. Free mounted…

7. World War II Memorial Lookout

0.85 MILES

While the old water tower (c 1932) houses an interesting WWII collection donated by locals, it's of most interest for its commanding 360-degree views of…

8. Point Danger Gannet Colony

4.01 MILES

Bird-lovers won't want to miss the opportunity to visit Australia's only mainland gannet colony, which can be viewed from a platform at Point Danger…