Things to do with Kids in Portland

Bike Hire; Logan’s Cycles  Percy Street Portland  Ph.  03 5523 3056

$35 half day  $45 full day hire

 

Portland Kayak Hire  Kayaks and Bikes  Ph.  0437 660 933

BMX Track  Alexander Park  Park Street West Portland

Funky Hearts Indoor Play Centre & Cafe.

Open Wed 9.30 am – 3 pm. Frid 11 am – 6 pm  Sat 10 am – 3 pm

$5 first child & $2 for each additional child

20 Fern Street Portland  Ph.  5521 1381

 

Fauna Park   Cape Bridgewater Road  Free fauna park with guarantee to see Emu’s and White Kangaroos. Has great playground including tube slide and covered BBQ”s.

 

Leisure and Aquatic Centre   Ph.  03 5521 7144 Cnr. Bentinck and Glenelg Sts

Outdoor and indoor heated pools and child care centre.

Mon- Fri 6 am – 8pm Sat 8 am – 6 pm Sun and Public Holidays 10 am – 6 pm

Library  Ph.  03 5522 2265  40 Bentinck St. Includes IT Centre

Open Mon -Thur  10 am – 5.30 pm Fri 10 am – 6 pm Sat 10 am 1 pm

 

Skate Park  Lee Breakwater Road Includes outdoor Basketball Court right on the foreshore “Kids recreation with a view”

 

Cinema and Performing Arts Centre. Corner of Bentinck and Glenelg Streets

Catch the latest movie releases. Check program and session times

Ph 1300 734 014   www.twilightcinemas.com.au

 

Playgrounds

All Playgrounds in our town have free BBQ’s

Fauna Park

Children’s playground and family BBQ park which includes fenced area with White Kangaroos , Emus. Cape Bridgewater Road.

Henty Beach  Foreshore  Lee Breakwater Road

Dutton Bluff    Hanlon Parade

 

Ploughed Field   Opposite Portland Hospital and adjacent to the Caravan Park

 

Narrawong Recreation Reserve  Caravan Park Road Narrawong

Museums

All prices are subject to change

Heywood Model Trains

Take a short drive to Heywood and let the kids go wild over some fantastic displays of model trains  Ph 5578 6331 or 0438 006 171.  Old School House  Edgar Street Heywood  Gold coin donation   Open second sat of the month or by appointment

Portland Maritime Discovery Centre

A great interactive display to be found here. From learning the signals of life saving flags to getting up close and personal with a sperm whale skeleton. an added bonus treasure hunt is available. Can your family find bidden treasure?

Ph. 1800 035 567  Open every day except Xmas day 9 am – 5 pm. Adults $7.50 Concession $6.40   Children free

Powerhouse Motor & Car Museum

Another place that can be fun for both young and old. This museum has some great artifacts from when the Powerhouse was in use, as well as vintage cars and stationary motors. Ph 5523 5795.  Glenelg Street  Adults $ 8  Concession $ 6 Families $16  Children $ 1

World War 11 Memorial Lookout Tower

Memorial displays and a 360 degree scenic view of Portland from the top. Ph 5523 5690  Wade Street Portland  Open Daily 10 am – 4 pm   Adults Concession $3 

 

Attractions

 

Fawthrop Lagoon

See an abundance of birds. plants and aquatic life even the odd koala. There is 5 km of sealed pathway suitable for prams, strollers and wheelchairs. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours. Head down to the Visitor Information Centre and collect a map of the walk including historical information.

 

Historic Buildings Walk

Take a walk around some of Portland’s many historic buildings.  More information  is available under Tours and Day Trips /  Stone of Settlement   on this web site or a map is available at the Visitor Information Centre.

 

Portland Lighthouse  Lighthouse Road Portland

 

Portland Strawberries

Take a wander around the Strawberry Farm where at the right time of year you can pick your own strawberries. The farm shop includes strawberries, ice-cream, wines and chocolates.  Ph  5523 1834  Henty Highway Open daily 9 am – 6 pm

Nature Tours

Portland Harbour Tours

Enjoy the 35 minute Portland Harbour tour with  exclusive access to the shipping berths or the 1.15 hour tour out to Lawrence Rock. Keep a look out for seals.  Ph 0438 392 197

Seals By The Sea

A great tour for the whole family, operating in the only mainland breeding colony of seals in Australia. Home to over 2000 Australian & Long nosed Fur Seals this colony is full of playful seals. A three minute boat ride from our jetty will take you alongsde the rock platform and into the watery cave where you will experience a unique interaction with seals in a natural habitat

Bookings essential  Ph 03 5526 7247 Cape Bridgewater 18 km from Portland

Gannets

The Gannet Colony may be viewed from a platform outside the fence where there is an interpretive board. Arrangements for a closer viewing may be made at the Portland Visitor Information Centre

The Gannets arrive in July and nest from Aug to March. with chicks hatching from late Oct. The fledglings leave from March to early April as do the adults