Portland is a colourful city by the seaside in Victoria, and interestingly the oldest European settlement in the state. This picturesque location has plenty of historical appeal and is nothing short of the perfect holiday destination, with mesmerising coastline and beaches, water-based activities, established gardens, diverse shopping experiences and plenty of natural attractions to enjoy. The William Dutton Motel is a short walk to the civic centre of Portland offering neat and bright accommodation at an affordable price.
A range of different rooms are available at the motel, including Adjacent Rooms with one queen bed (sleeping up to 2 guests), Executive Rooms with one queen bed and one single bed (sleeping up to 3 guests), Family Rooms consisting of one queen bed and your choice of one or two single beds (sleeping 3+ guests) and the spacious Two Bedroom Unit with one queen bed and two single beds (sleeping up to 4 guests).
The motel has DVD players available for use, and can also cater to extra and children under 12 years old whilst also able to provide a cot on request for a minimal fee.
Royal Hotel for a good meal and only 80 metres away.
The William Dutton Motel is a neat and attractive establishment with bright, nautical-style suites in central Portland. The accommodation is a short walk to Portland Bay and the heart of the city, providing you effortless access to the districts best tourist attractions.
This perfect slice of Victoria includes a number of beautiful outlying townships to investigate during your travels. Immerse yourself in the magical, undisturbed stretches of coastline in Cape Bridgewater, or tranquil and pretty village of Narrawong on the mouth of the nearby Surry River. Scour the wild untethered national parklands of Mount Richmond, or perhaps, a day trip to the township of Heywood and its lush agricultural and pastoral lands and rich farming history.
Portland and the surrounding townships in the shire of Glenelg have many points of interest to enjoy during your visit.
Take a fun ride out on the Portland Cable Tram and introduce yourself to some of Portland’s best tourism sites by linking up to the Botanical Gardens, the Maritime Discovery Centre and Powerhouse Vintage Car Museum whilst soaking up the beauty of the sparkling Portland foreshore. Departing from the local tram depot and museum will afford you the opportunity to browse through many local artifacts and displays, purchase a memento from the gift shop onsite or relax and take time out for a coffee.
Cape Nelson Lighthouse is a nearby attraction with a fascinating maritime narrative. The captivating construction sits atop spectacular coastal cliffs at the reserve’s Great South West Walk offering intimate encounters with the regions diverse bird life. The reserve has a labyrinth of walks to enjoy and the added benefit of Isabella’s Café offering coffee, cake and a vast array of gourmet lunches to cater to all tastes.
Portland is naturally home to a vast array of water-based attractions. The highly recommended Seals by Sea Tours provide tourists with the opportunity to interact with Cape Bridgewater’s large local population of Fur Seals. Delight in the playful seals as you make your way along the 45 minute tour and be sure to bring your camera to capture some unique memories!
Lovers of fishing can choose from several different fishing charters on offer locally. Seek out the best spots to fish and enjoy the knowledge and expertise of the region’s best skippers and talented fishermen.
Portland and surrounds have parks and reserves in almost limitless supply. The Portland Botanic Garden is a unique property with over 13,000 dahlias planted annually and blooming vibrantly over the late Summer and early Autumn months. Be inspired by the parks historical narrative - the 2nd oldest garden in Victoria – and explore the cottage tucked away within the gardens and its croquet lawns and brilliant examples of native and exotic plants.
Trek through the remote Discovery Bay Coastal Park and take in part of a staggering 55km of ocean beach. The parks rugged coastal cliffs, sandy plains and freshwater lakes and swamps are home to a diverse variety of native vegetation and wildlife.
The Great South West Walk is a local bushwalking trail that is suitable for most ages and levels of experience offering a choice of 2 hour loop walks, full day walks or for those with a higher level of ability a 250km trek that begins and ends at the Portland Visitor Information Centre. The walk weaves its way through national parks, forest and along the picturesque Glenelg River. Drop by the charming township of Nelson and discover the many historical sites, natural attractions and diverse flora and fauna on route. This well-loved local attraction is sure to provide you with an unforgettable experience.
The Royal Hotel in Portland is a short trip from your local accommodation producing delicious pub fare for lunch and dinner, with bar and function room. Pop into the bistro at any time of day and enjoy coffee and cake by the large open fire.
Those seeking opportunities to relax over lunch and drinks will love Fergie’s Café & Wine Bar in a beautifully restored old Portland Post Office with stunning views to the local Portland waterfront. With a steakhouse and burger restaurant and offering delicious breakfast, brunch and café style refreshments there is something for everyone here.