Population 1285

Nearby national parks

  • Mount Eccles National Park

    Mount Eccles National Park is Victoria’s first co-managed national park, being managed by the traditional owners,...more

  • Brisbane Ranges National Park

    In Brisbane Ranges National Park low mountains are dissected by rugged gorges and hidden gullies with basalt grasslands and woodlands. An...more

  • Coorong National Park

    Coorong National Park is a long, narrow ribbon of saline wetlands, saltpans, coastal dunes and wild ocean beaches stretching for 150...more

Fishing spots near town

Portland 23 km

‘I reckon Portland is Victoria’s best kept angling secret,’ local angler Bob McPherson told me in 2004. At the time, I believed he was right. Within two years Portland was no longer a secret, becoming... Find out more

Nelson 55 km

The Glenelg River is situated at Nelson near the border with SA. The long river is one of the state’s premier fisheries for bream to 1.8 kg, estuary perch and mulloway to about 20 kg. Victoria has some excellent... Find out more

Port Fairy 61 km

Port Fairy is an unimposing historic seaport between Warrnambool and Portland. While it might come across as a sleepy, seaside resort, Port Fairy always seems to attract exciting piscatorial headlines. During the 1960s... Find out more

Konong Wootong Reservoir 71 km

Coleraine in the Western District is in the heart of prime wool- growing country. The small town is famous for its chocolate factory, but less well known is the trout fishery in the picturesque 60 ha impoundment just out... Find out more

Warrnambool 80 km

Warrnambool is a big, tidy city. It’s a great place to take the family for a holiday, particularly if you have fishing on your mind. All forms of angling are available, but the most popular water is the Hopkins... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Mount Eccles National Park 26 km

At Mount Eccles you can walk for 2 kilometres around the rim of a volcanic crater then descend for a swim in the lake at its heart. It is a great spot for a picnic, with koalas and kangaroos, and the camping facilities... Find out more

Picnicking at Lake Pertobe Reserve 80 km

Lake Pertobe Reserve on Warrnambool’s foreshore is known as one of the best adventure playgrounds around, with plenty for kids of all ages. There are paddleboats and canoes, a maze and flying fox, free barbecues... Find out more

Picnicking around Mount Gambier 82 km

Mount Gambier has some extraordinary picnic spots around collapsed caves that are now beautiful sinkhole gardens. Try Cave Gardens or the stunning Umpherston Sinkhole, which has free barbecues and good facilities.... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Port Fairy Golf Club 62 km

An endearing quality of the great links layouts of Britain and Ireland is their natural setting. Wild, windswept holes rolling between sand dunes that have stood tall for centuries are the norm. The links of Port... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Flying Horse Brewery 84 km

Whales and ales are now the twin attractions for the pretty seaside Victorian city of Warrnambool, following the development of the sprawling Flying Horse Bar & Brewery complex by joint owners Matt Monk, Matt Stewart... Find out more

Campsites around town

Cubbys Camp (walk-in camping) 12 km

Cubbys Camp is a 20 km trek north-west of Portland. It’s located in the eastern fringe of Cobboboonee Forest.... Find out more

Surry Ridge camping area 12 km

The Great South West Walk passes straight through this serene picnic and camping area. To get here, follow the Portland–Nelson Rd for 22 km west of Portland and take the signposted turn-off north onto the T&W... Find out more

Sawpit camping area 12 km

This old sawmill site attracts campers because of its access to ocean views. Take the easy track to Whalers Lookout and see if you can spot some passing cetaceans. To reach the site, follow the signposted Boyers Rd from... Find out more

Cut-out Camp (walk-in camping) 13 km

The 15 km walk between Cubbys Camp and Cut-out Camp leads you into Cobboboonee National Park. It’s 9.4 km from Cut-out Camp to Cobboboonee Camp.... Find out more

Annya Camp camping area 13 km

This quiet spot is nestled in the forest just off the Portland–Casterton Rd, between Drumborg and Casterton. Plentiful shade is provided by the surrounding trees, while an abundance of sites on relatively level... Find out more

Narrawong Holiday Park 15 km

This scenic place is 13 km east of Portland on the Princes Hwy. It has its own natural moat, the Surry River, which circles the campground before flowing out past the local beach. Many of the grassy campsites are... Find out more

Cobboboonee Camp (walk-in camping) 17 km

Just south of Cobboboonee camp is the Heathland Nature Trail, an easy walk that reveals colourful wildflowers in springtime. Cobboboonee Camp is in the centre of the national park between Cut-out Camp (9.4 km) and... Find out more

Fitzroy Camp (walk-in camping) 19 km

Situated on a bank of the Fitzroy River, this camp is a 12.5 km walk from Cobboboonee Camp and 22 km to Moleside Camp.... Find out more

Jackass Fern Gully camping area 19 km

Don’t take the name personally: it’s actually a wise move to pitch a tent on this peaceful stretch of flat ground. From Portland, drive west for 22 km along the road to Nelson and take the signposted turn-off... Find out more

Fitzroy River Public Purposes Reserve camping area 23 km

Surrounded by coastal scrub at the mouth of the Fitzroy River, this campground is only a short walk from lovely ocean beaches. You’ll find it 4 km down Thompsons Rd, which is 32 km east of Portland on the road to... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Narrawong Holiday Park 15 km

This pretty park is in a fabulous, quiet beachside and riverfront position off the Princes Highway. Offering a range of accommodation, it is close to Portland and has good fishing and swimming, and a range of facilities... Find out more

Henty Bay Beachfront Van and Cabin Park 18 km

This large, spacious park is located on the beachfront 6 km north-east of the centre of town. The park has a well-stocked shop with takeaway food and a good selection of fishing tackle and bait. Bookings are required at... Find out more

Portland Tourist Park 22 km

Set in a residential area of town about 1.6 km from the town centre, this owner operated park has good facilities and a corner store is conveniently located opposite the park. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter... Find out more

Kywong Caravan Park 55 km

Located on the northern side of town, this large budget-priced park has good facilities. It is about 1.5 km from the centre of the small township. There is good value here. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and... Find out more

BIG4 Port Fairy 59 km

This quality, owner-operated park has large shade trees and informal grassy sites, and is conveniently located alongside the Princes Highway just 1.5 km from the town centre. The park has very good amenities including... Find out more

Belfast Cove Caravan Park 59 km

This is a lovely boutique park with magnificent gardens. It has very good facilities including a tennis court and a boat parking area. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and long weekends, with a minimum-stay... Find out more

Port Fairy Gardens Caravan Park 60 km

This is a large council-owned park about 5 minutes’ walk from the town centre and just 200 metres from the beach, with level grassy sites, good amenities and a tennis court. Bookings are required at Christmas,... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Warrnambool 79 km

Across the road from the beach, this well kept park is ideal for a holiday or just a few days away. With its excellent facilities, including a popular undercover camp kitchen and a movie room, the park can be busy.... Find out more

Surfside Holiday Park – Warrnambool 80 km

This is a large, very good-quality council-owned park right on the beachfront. Great for a family beachside holiday, the park has good facilities and is just 1 km from the city centre and close to Flagstaff Hill.... Find out more

Fig Tree Holiday Village 80 km

Centrally located about 600 metres from main shopping precinct, this is a very good quality and good value park in a quiet off-highway position. It has a heated indoor pool and a tennis court but cannot fit big rigs.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

The Sawpit camping area 12 km

T/O at Narrawong

In the forest 3km (partly unsealed) north of the highway.

Annya Forest camping area 13 km

T/O 81km E of Mt Gambier (L) or 7km W of Heywood (R)

In the forest 7.5km (partly unsealed) north of the highway.

Fitzroy River rest area 15 km

23km E of Portland (R) or 48km W of Port Fairy (L)

Well off the highway under trees on the riverbank.

Lake Surprise Camp Area 27 km

T/O at Port Fairy

Large campground located 48 kilometres north of the highway (9 kilometres east of Macarthur) in a pleasant open forest setting near Lake Surprise in Mount Eccles National Park. Good facilities and shade.

NOTE: Access road part unsealed.

Branxholme park area 34 km

At Branxholme

Adjacent to the recreation area in the middle of town. 

Fort O'Hare camping area 38 km

At Dartmoor

Under shady trees on the east side of town.

Glenelg River park area 38 km

33km SE of SA border (L) or 40km NW of Heywood (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Wannon Falls camping area 54 km

T/O 17km E of Coleraine (L) or 18km NW of Hamilton (R)

Large grassed area 9km north of the highway at the falls lookout.

Princess Margaret Rose Caves camping area 59 km

T/O 1km E of SA border (R) or 76km NW of Heywood (L)

Near the caves 10km (unsealed) south of the highway via Princess Margaret Rd in Lower Glenelg National Park.

Nigretta Falls park area 59 km

T/O 17km E of Coleraine (L) or 18km NW of Hamilton (R)

Large grassed area 9km north of the highway at the falls lookout.

Casterton park area 64 km

At Casterton

Under shady trees on the eastern bank of the Glenelg River.

Killarney Beach camping area 64 km

T/O at Killarney

Near the foreshore 2km east of the highway.

Penshurst park area 65 km

At Penshurst

Just off the highway and adjacent to the caravan park.

Pinnaster rest area 67 km

18km SE of Mt Gambier (L) or 70km NW of Heywood (R)

Just off the highway among the trees.

Cavendish camping area 77 km

At Cavendish

Adjacent to the recreation area on the north side of town.

Mount Gambier Park Area 81 km

North-east side of town

Parking area at the Lady Nelson Visitor Information Centre.

Nine Mile Creek rest area 93 km

41km E of Hamilton (R) or 33km W of Lake Bolac (L)

Just off the highway under some large trees.

Forestry Info rest area 99 km

16km S of Penola (L) or 35km N of Mt Gambier (R)

Just off the highway on the edge of a forest.

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