Portland is rich in history and enjoys links with significant personalities including the pioneering Henty brothers and William Dutton, explorer Major Mitchell, Artic explorer Sir John Franklin, mariner and harbour master James Fawthrop, reformer Vida Goldstein, acclaimed World War 11 photographer Damien Parer and Mary MacKillop. When Victoria commemorated its centenary in 1934 Portland led of the state’s celebrations. Portland became a town in 1949 and the redeveloped port was opened in 1960.
Take one of the most spectacular driving routes in the world; "The Great Ocean Road" in Australia. Combine with a Rental Car and visit; Melbourne (the cultural capital of Australia); next is Lorne (one of the first towns on the Great Ocean Road, and surfing destination); after that, Warrnambool (known for its safe, sheltered beaches, its moderate climate, its parks and gardens, and Logan's Beach where southern right whales come to give birth each year between June and September); and then, Portland (with historic buildings, beaches and Portland Bay which is ideal for boating, fishing, sailboarding and surfing). From there, drive to Apollo Bay (entry point for some of Australia's most celebrated short and multi-day walks, and is the perfect base to explore the Great Ocean Walk and surrounding Otway's rainforest). End this trip with a couple of spectacular nights, again in Melbourne before heading back home. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.