Port Albert

Fishing boats, John Baker / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 253

Port Albert is a tranquil port on the south-east coast. Looking at this peaceful village now, it is hard to believe that it was the first established port in Victoria, with ships from Europe and America once docking at its jetty. Ships from China arrived here during the gold rush, bringing thousands of prospectors to the Gippsland goldfields. Still a commercial fishing port, the sheltered waters of Port Albert are popular with anglers and boat owners, which sees its population swell considerably during summer.

Visitor Information

Old Courthouse, 9 Rodgers St, Yarram; (03) 5182 6553.

Nearby national parks

  • The Lakes National Park

    The Lakes National Park in Gippsland is a birdwatcher’s paradise, a tranquil retreat edged by the blue waters of Victoria and Reeve...more

  • Yarra Ranges National Park

    Lofty mountain ash bathed in mist, rare and endangered plants and animals, snow in winter and pristine pockets of bushland make Yarra Ranges...more

  • Mitchell River National Park

    Stunning river scenery, thickets of temperate rainforest, idyllic fern gullies and tracts of rugged countryside are the background to a wide...more

Nearby towns

  • Yarram

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  • Welshpool

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  • Foster

    Foster was originally a goldmining town settled in the 1870s. The town boasts close access to Wilsons Promontory – affectionately called...more

In Town

Port Albert Hotel This attractive old building has wide verandahs, and offers genuine country hospitality and a glimpse into the area's past. The hotel was first licensed in 1842, which makes it one of the oldest hotels in Victoria still operating. Wharf St.

Historic buildings: include original government offices and stores, and the Bank of Victoria, which now houses a maritime museum with photographs and relics from the town's past. Georgian and Victorian architectural styles are evident in over 40 buildings; Tarraville Rd.

Warren Curry Art: a gallery featuring country-town streetscapes; Tarraville Rd.


Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park Surrounding Port Albert and comprising the waters and sand islands offshore, this marine park is a fishing enthusiast's delight. Snapper, flathead and Australian salmon can be caught from the surf beaches or from a boat. The Aboriginal middens that dot the shorelines prove that fishing has been carried on here for many thousands of years. This park is an important reserve for migratory wading birds. Camping is allowed but permits must be obtained. Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963.

Christ Church: built in 1856, this was the first church to be established in Gippsland; Tarraville; 5 km NE.

Beaches: Manns, for swimming, 10 km NE; and Woodside, on Ninety Mile Beach, for good surfing, 34 km NE. Note that both beaches are patrolled during summer.

St Margaret Island: a protected area featuring a wildlife sanctuary; 12 km E.

Fishing spots near town

Port Albert 2 km

Port Albert in South Gippsland has become increasingly popular with anglers looking for size and variety.  The huge snapper that arrive every spring remain a major attraction, but they are just one  part of the... Find out more

Corner Inlet 39 km

The sheltered waters of Corner Inlet yield snapper, salmon, whiting and trevally, and the area is popular with game fishermen because it offers the safest ocean entrance between Westernport Bay and Eden in NSW. Port... Find out more

Shallow Inlet 50 km

Shallow Inlet is one of few places in Victoria where you can launch your boat off the beach. You can reach the inlet via Sandy Point or from the Wilsons Promontory side, turning from the Fish Creek–Yanakie road. ... Find out more

Tarwin River 64 km

Estuary perch are the saltwater equivalent of Australian bass, and are highly regarded as sport fish. The Tarwin River is among the more exalted of Victoria’s estuary systems with a solid reputation for producing... Find out more

Venus Bay 78 km

Victoria’s annual run of Australian salmon hits the surf beaches in autumn and runs through the winter. South Gippsland beaches are traditionally among the hottest for salmon action. Winter sees beaches from... Find out more

Anderson Inlet 79 km

Some would argue that Anderson Inlet, near Inverloch, isn’t an estuary but a bay. It has three creeks, Screw, Pound and Cherry Tree, plus the Tarwin River flowing in to it, and is situated about 140 km south-east... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Birdwatching around Gippsland 39 km

This stretch of Victorian coast offers some of the best birdwatching in the country. Two locations, both Ramsar-listed, are worth a visit. Protected by the northern arm of Wilsons Promontory, the wetlands of Corner... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town


Former professional fisherman Michael Hobson has set up this terrific new waterfront restaurant right on the wharf, with an adjacent fish and chippery and fresh fish sales. Guests can relax inside on comfy cushions while... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Grand Ridge Brewery 54 km

One of the country’s longest-running craft breweries began life as the Strzelecki Brewery in 1988, but operated for only a brief period before being re-branded as Grand Ridge under new ownership. Over the ensuing... Find out more

Campsites around town

Snake Island camping areas (boat-based camping) 15 km

The largest sand island in Victoria has 3 official places for campers: Swashway, Gulf and Huts. None has facilities, so you need to be self-sufficient. Surf-fishing and walking to the remote reaches of the island,... Find out more

Little Snake Island camping areas (boat-based camping) 21 km

Little Snake Island is closer to the Gippsland coast than its larger neighbour; it’s just offshore from Port Welshpool. As with Snake Island, the only access is by boat, and a permit is needed to camp here. The... Find out more

White Womans Waterhole camping area 22 km

This is a large, shady area and the only place in the forest where you can camp. Several walks radiate out from this site: the White Womans Walk highlights the diverse vegetation, while the Old Railway Walk retraces what... Find out more

Reeves Beach camping area 25 km

From this scenic camping area, you can walk into the sunrise along Ninety Mile Beach, the sand barrier that stops the Gippsland Lakes from becoming part of Bass Strait. At Reeves you might spot dolphins or whales... Find out more

Tin Mine Cove camping area (walk-in camping) 28 km

Tin Mine Cove is at the north-eastern tip of Wilsons Promontory, west of Mt Hunter. It requires 11 km of very difficult walking to get here from Lower Barry Creek. Have a swim in Corner Inlet or at the nearby Chinaman... Find out more

Five Mile Beach camping area (walk-in camping) 35 km

Five Mile Beach arrows along the eastern coast of Wilsons Promontory between Monkey Point and the headland that hides gorgeous Sealers Cove. This generous sweep of sand is a great place to go beachcombing, swimming or... Find out more

Jack Smith camping area (bush camping) 36 km

Camping in the exposed bushland around shallow Jack Smith Lake allows you to observe cormorants, swans, pelicans, teals, egrets and many other waterbirds as they pursue insects and other food around the lake; sea eagles... Find out more

Lower Barry Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 37 km

From the Five Mile Rd carpark, you’ll need to walk for 9.7 km to reach Lower Barry Creek – the route leads east down Five Mile Rd before branching north on a separate trail that starts just to the west of... Find out more

Barry Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 39 km

As with the other campsites around the national park, you can’t stay at the Barry Creek camping area for more than 2 nights. From the carpark on Five Mile Rd, which leads east off Wilsons Promontory Rd, it’s... Find out more

Turtons Creek camping area 41 km

You can camp without facilities beside Turtons Creek about 18 km north of Foster. Near the campsite, reached via Turtons Creek Rd, which branches off the Boolarra–Foster Rd, you’ll find a lovely little... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Traralgon Park Lane Holiday Park 53 km

This is a very good quality park with gleaming amenities and excellent facilities. The park is about 2 km east of town, on the highway. It is a great base to explore the Latrobe Valley and surrounding areas.... Find out more

Sale Motor Village 69 km

This caravan park is alongside the highway, just 1 km west of the town centre. It is a good base for exploring the area or a convenient overnight stop. Bookings are required during peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Traralgon park area 53 km

32km E of Trafalgar (L) or 7km W of Traralgon (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Blind Joe Creek park area 57 km

21km E of Traralgon (R) or 2km W of Rosedale (L)

Just off the highway near the caravan park.

Willows rest area 59 km

1km NE of Rosedale (L) or 25km SW of Sale (R)

Large grassed area just off the highway.

Trafalgar park area 69 km

At Trafalgar

Middle of town via the service road.

What's on around town

Fishing Contest: Mar.

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