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CRUISING TO PORTLAND
PLEASE NOTE MANY TOURS OPTIONS LISTED ARE SPECIFIC TO THE ARRIVAL OF A CRUISE SHIP. ALTERNATE OPTIONS MAY BE ARRANGED FOR SOME OF THESE TOURS FOR EVERYDAY VISITING.
Next ship due: Europa - 2nd & 28th Jan 2017
Pacific Eden - 2nd Feb, Pacific Jewel - 12th Feb, MS Sirena 2nd April
The town of Portland is becoming a popular port of call for Australian Cruise Ships. As a passenger on these Ships there are a number of highly enjoyable ways to spend your day in and around Portland. Why not consider taking advantage of short day trips and our many fantastic services as an alternative to the Ship provided tours.
As your ship enters our beautiful bay your welcoming party is the Cape Nelson & Cape Grant, these tugs will escort you to Portland’s Lee Breakwater and the SL Patterson Wharf. From the wharf it is a short walk to the Maritime Discovery Centre where service such free shuttle buses are available for cruise ship passengers and will assist you in getting around town and tours of the local area will depart from.
(Contact details for tours and services are available at base of this page)
If you are looking to take in the township free shuttle buses are available to get you up to the main shopping areas where you will find cafe’s, general retail, hotels and services such a beauty therapies, banks, pharmacies and groceries.
To enjoy the Portland Foreshore one of the best options is the Portland Cable Tram. During the days your cruise ship is docked the Portland Trams run 10 trips, full trips will take around 1 ½ hours on of the two fully restored grip & saloon cars over the 3.7km of track. A great addition or alternate to the cable tram is All About Portland tour, board the coach and you access and learn details about the Port of Portland and other areas of Portland.
If making your own tour is preferred services such as Hertz will deliver vehicles to the Maritime Discovery Centre and areas such as Cape Bridgewater, Cape Nelson, Tyrendarra, Heywood and the surprises in between are all easily accessible in the typical time available for a cruise ship docking. Pre booking cars is advised to ensure sufficient vehicles are available. Details about what you can enjoy on these short journeys are available in other section of our website or we will happily make personalised suggestions via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
CRUISE SHIP TOURS
Please note these tours welcome all public but only run when a Cruise ship is in Port
ALL ABOUT PORTLAND
So much more than a trip along the foreshore. This 1.5 hour tour with full commentary allow you to visit some of the spots that make Portland what it is today. The site of the first European settlement in Victoria Portland has become a thriving centre based around the deepwater port, historic streetscapes, heritage buildings and the picturesque glistening bay.
Visit the Trawler wharf to view some of our local fishing fleet.
At the Port of Portland Temporary Visitor Permits will allow entry to this secure facility.
View the ‘Smelter in the Park’ recognised worldwide as the best project of its type.
See some of Portland wind energy project.
Learn of Portlands history and culture, the CBD alone features over 200 buildings from the 1800’s including the ‘Stram Packet Inn’ (1841) the second oldest surviving building in Victoria
Tours will depart from & return to outside the Portland Visitor Information Centre at 11am and 1pm.
Alternate disembarking at the CBD available.
Tour cost $25 Per Person
Bookings for this can be taken through the Portland Visitor Information Centre or Jones’s Coachlines
(03) 5522 2135
BUDJ BIM INDEGENOUS EXPERIENCE
Experience the beautiful country of the Gunditjmara people. In this 3-hour tour you will visit the ancient volcanic landscape of the Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area where you will see remnants of a large, settled community that created one of Australia’s earliest and largest aquaculture systems. You will be shown the remains of weirs, channels, eel traps and circular stone houses. Our indigenous guides will explain how their country provided everything they needed to weave baskets, hunt food and gather edible plants. Witness a spectacular dance performance and ceremony by local indigenous dancers and partake in some bush tucker. If you have time at the end, check out the local souvenirs and handcrafts for sale in the Gilgar Gunditj Centre.
Features include: guided tour with Gunditjmara guide, bush tucker tasting, local arts and crafts for sale, dance performance by Winda-Mara dancers.
Tours will depart from outside the Portland Visitor Information Centre at 10am and 12pm. Bookings for this can be taken through the Portland Visitor Information Centre and may be booked in advance.
If a round of Golf or an end of bowls is something you look forward to why not do it in Portland? The Portland Golf club sits high above the bay and the views you can enjoy while improving you handicap will be a great side topic even if you come in over par.
Alternately if a more relaxed game of lawn bowls peaks your interest why not stop in at the Portland bowls club. The facilities are available for groups up to 30 and enjoying the a tea/coffee and biscuit after the game will give you a chance to take in the views of the bay.
18 holes $30
9 holes $20
Motorised Cart Hire - 18 holes $30
- 9 holes $20
Clubs and Bag Hire $10
Transport from Visitor Information Centre can be arranged by contacting
03 5523 2523
January 7th & 13th
2 Greens and club house available, club bowls are available to use and any flat soled shoes or bare feet are acceptable.
$15 per head gives use of greens and bar facilities with a complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits.
Portland bowls club can be contacted at
PORTLAND VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
03 5522 2129 1800 035 567
HERTZ CAR HIRE
0419348871 or Hertz Central Reservation Centre on 133039.