Destination guide

Bayside beaches and a local culture all its own

Situated on Portland Bay on the southwest coast of Victoria, the town of Portland is renowned for its whale watching, fishing, and spas. As Victoria's oldest settlement, it's also steeped in European history and culture that dates back to the 1800s. Stroll along the beaches, take in a meal at one of the waterfront cafes, or explore the local museum and arts scene. Pick a Portland vacation rental with a view of the bay, or opt for one within walking distance to town, where you'll surely find your local vibe.

Things to do

Fancy a day of seal spotting or whale watching?

Much of Portland's main attractions are made for lovers of the great outdoors. Go fishing in Fawthrop Lagoon, feed the birds at Bridgwater Bay National Nature Reserve, or spot the seals along the Cape Bridgewater Seal Walk. Other highlights include the Great South West Walk, the Bridgewater Petrified Forest, and the picturesque Cape Nelson Lighthouse. If you'd rather spend your time inside, pay a visit to the Customs House on the historic waterfront. Other options include the Powerhouse Motor & Car Museum, the Portland Arts Centre, or the Portland Cable Tram Depot Museum.


A haven for nature lovers and history buffs alike

Portland is most certainly a nature-lover's dream and, as Victoria's oldest settlement, a haven for history lovers, too. Enjoy the beaches, fishing, and whale-watching, or join a tour of aboriginal sites. There's plenty of unique shopping to be done in town, as well as a variety of stellar seafood restaurants and takeaway spots for planning a peaceful picnic on the beach. Opt for a charming Portland vacation rental with water views, or spend a night as close to nature as possible, camping by the bay at one of the well-appointed holiday parks.


There's certainly something to see in all 4 seasons

There's no bad time to visit Portland, it just depends on what you're after! Spring is perfect for hiking, as well as roadtripping along the Great Ocean Road. Book a Portland vacation rental in the summer if you have your heart set on the beach, but know that this is also peak season. March through May brings lovely autumnal colors to the region, while winters are chilly and rainy. Don't skip the cold months entirely, though! This is also peak whale-watching season, when the different species all migrate just off the coast.

Natural features

Coasts that boast stunning views and sandy sunbathers

This coastal city sits on Portland Bay, and takes full advantage of its waterfront position. It boasts a mix of rocky and sandy beaches, offering stunning views and sunbathing spots. Tons of wildlife can be spotted in and around the Bay, between the annual whale migration, the seals that laze on the beaches, and the koalas and kangaroos that share the Great Ocean Road with roadtrippers traveling across Victoria. Fishermen will enjoy the conditions in various points along the coasts, while birdwatchers will be happy peering into the skies above the local nature preserve.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Portland

Fly into Portland, VIC (PTJ), the closest airport, located 8.2 mi (13.2 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Portland, VIC, AU?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 63 vacation rentals around Portland. From 43 house rentals to 9 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Portland?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Portland. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Fawthrop Lagoon: 64 vacation rentals
  • Great South West Walk: 71 vacation rentals
  • Portland Arts Centre: 72 vacation rentals
  • Powerhouse Motor & Car Museum: 64 vacation rentals
  • Bridgewater Bay Beach: 64 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Portland listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Portland?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 43 Houses in Portland. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Portland include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 9 rentals available
  • Cabins: 7 rentals available
  • Cottages: 7 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with internet/wifi in Portland?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with internet/wifi among our 14 vacation rentals with internet/wifi available in Portland. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.