Portland VIC, Australia

Portland VIC, Australia

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 66 vacation rentals near Portland. From 41 houses to 0 , find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Portland for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.