The thriving city of Portland is steeped in history, and as Victoria's birthplace, it also boasts the State's oldest European settlement.
With a population of approximately 10,000, the city is based around the picturesque Portland Bay, which features one of the deepest international ports in southern Australia.
With three P&O cruise vessels visiting the port in 2016, Portland is the gateway to the world famous Great Ocean Road.
Cruise ships can berth on the 1.2km long Lee Breakwater within the sheltered port for memorable half and full-day shore excursions.
Portland is the only international port that can claim such close proximity to Australia’s iconic Twelve Apostles, as well as the acclaimed Coonawarra wine region to the west, and the stunning Grampians National Park to the north.
These draw-card attractions are all within a 2 hour drive of Portland, making them a realistic day trip destination.
There are many unique experiences awaiting your passengers in Portland, with the region's natural attractions encompassing all interests, ages and budgets. The Great Ocean Road is the perfect destination for a full-day excursion.
There are two exciting options to consider.
Berth in Melbourne and allow passengers to make their own way along the Great Ocean Road by coach or self drive, and possibly meet the cruise ship in Portland. Or, simply dock in Portland and allow your passengers to experience the breathtaking Great Ocean Road with a specially designed day-trip return package. Leaving from Portland, the excursion would call though the historic towns along the Shipwreck Coast before delving into the rugged Port Campbell National Park, where you can see the famous Twelve Apostles and other spectacular coastal scenes like the Bay of Martyrs, Bay of Islands and Loch Ard Gorge.
Passengers can sample local produce, including some authentic Australian bush tucker, as they take in the extraordinary views.
Those with a nose for fine wines will love the opportunity to 'taste' their way through Coonawarra - one of Australia's finest wine regions, with rich red terra rossa soil producing world class wines. The day-trip would venture across the border to South Australia, and take in a selection of the major wineries including Wynns, Redmans, Hollick, and Rymill, as well as several smaller boutique wineries.
Stunning natural beauty goes hand-in-hand with indigenous cultural experiences at the Grampians National Park. Cascading waterfalls and amazing views from the top of the majestic Grampians are topped off with lunch at Halls Gap, the heart of the Grampians. Passengers can then view aboriginal rock art, and tour the Brambuk Cultural Centre to learn more about Australia's indigenous history. This trip could also be complemented with a delightful detour through the Grampians wine region, or a stop to admire historical ruins at the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape.Portland itself offers endless half-day excursion options.
As the retail heart of the Discovery Coast, Portland has a variety of boutique shops, great cafes and restaurants, health and beauty services, and an array of retail stores. The Portland Vintage Cable Tram is a unique experience for those who like to travel in style, linking Portland’s major tourist attractions along a scenic coastal and harbour route. The 8km return journey in a restored 1886 saloon includes full commentary. Passengers keen to stretch their legs will take pleasure in a two-hour walk to admire the many historical buildings within the city.
Portland is awash with historical buildings, and the CBD alone features over 200 buildings from the 1800s, including the oldest recorded building in Victoria still on its original site.
Passengers can also immerse themselves in the fabulous scenery and natural marvels within the area by taking a short drive or coach to nearby towns. As well as beautiful beaches, the charming hamlet of Cape Bridgewater offers boat charters to Australia's largest mainland seal colony, where up to 1000 Australian and New Zealand fur seals relax on rock platforms and inside a watery cave. Spectacular cliff-top walks and guided tours of a working lighthouse await guests at Cape Nelson, while a sunset river cruise along the meandering Nelson River provides the perfect finish to the day.
Scenic helicopter flights including Blue Whale watching tours in Summer are also available.
There are many quality hosts who would work closely with your staff to package up all of the region's unique experiences.
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|Immigration Officials||24 hours - Rebecca Hill|
Customs and Immigration
|Embarking Passenger Manifest||Yes|
|Customs Declaration (Ship)||Yes|
|Customs Declaration (Crew)||Yes|
|Customs Declaration (Passengers)||Yes|
The following Ground Handlers are ACA members and supply superior ground handling services throughout Australia.
|Arrival Departure Restrictions||Weather permitting else no restrictions|
|Tidal Variation||0.75 metres on average|
|Prevailing Winds||Varies depending on time of the year – refer to Admiralty Sailing Directions|
|Depth of Channel||13.6 metres|
|Comments||Naturally deep water port|
Depth and Breadth of Turning Basin
|Location of Turning Basin||Just inside the breakwaters|
|Other points||Maximum Vessel Length: 265 metres|
|Pilotage Name||Port of Portland Pty Ltd|
|Pilotage Address||PO Box 292, Portland, VIC, 3305|
|Pilotage Phone No||+61 3 5525 0999|
|Pilotage Fax No||+61 3 5521 7488|
|Is Pilotage Compulsory||Yes|
|Position of Pilot Pickup||2.1 miles ENE of the main breakwater|
|Distance from Berth||2.3 miles|
|Pilot VHF Channel||12|
|Description of Pilot Boat||Orange hull with white topsides|
|Pilot Hours||24 hours|
|Pilotage Fees||Varies depending on vessel’s GRT|
|Name||Various – details on website (www.portofportland.com.au)|
|Services||Full agency services|
|Are tugs available||Yes|
|Are tugs compulsory||Yes|
|Tug operator`s name||Port of Portland Pty Ltd|
|Tug operator`s fax||+61 3 5521 7488|
|Ship or tug lines||Tug lines|
|Tug working hours||24 hours|
|Working hours||24 hours|
|Working hours||0800 to 1700 (business days)|
|Stevedoring Address||Cnr Berth 5/6, Port of Portland, Portland, VIC, 3305|
|Stevedoring Telephone||+61 3 5521 7775|
|Working Hours||24 hours|
|Name||Coast to Coast Services|
|Telephones||+61 8 8240 0450|
|How many||Other provedores from Melbourne and Adelaide service Portland|
|Notice required||48 – 96 hours|
|Fuel Grades||Diesel oil|
|Quay or barge||Quay|
|Suppliers||Shell, Caltex, BP, Mobil|
|Exquay or barge||Quay|
|No of hoses||2|
|Capacity per hose/hour||45-50 tonnes, 2 hoses 22-28 tonnes|
|Tonnes per hour guaranteed||50 tonnes|
|Type of connect||CFA|
|Connect size in inches||2 1/2 inches|
|Dry garbage||Quarantine garbage can be received|
|Size of containers||200 litres|
|Number available||20 – more can be made available by prior arrangement|
|Incineration or dump||Dump at registered quarantine waste landfill|
|Facilities to transport||Yes|
|Ship or shore pump||Both|
|Sludge details||Fuel oil sludge can be handled|
|Nearest dry dock||Depending on size of vessels|
|Divers Available||Yes - locally|
|Engineering facilities||Yes - locally|
|Dredging when||Bed-levelling undertaken in April 2015|
|Name||Port of Portland Pty Ltd|
|Address||PO Box 292, Portland, VIC, 3305|
|Telephone||+61 3 5525 0900|
|Facsimile||+61 3 5521 7488|
|Email Addressfirstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com|
|Primary Contact||David Shennan - Marine Manager/Harbour Master|
|T||+61 3 5525 0980|
|M||+61 439 209 120|
|Berth||S L Patterson Berth|
|Maximum draft||9.0 metres|
|Tidal variation||0.75 metres on average|
|Berth length||76 metres (wharf face) – can accommodate vessels up to 250 metres long|
|Guaranteed berthing for cruise ships||Yes|
|Are other ships able to dock||Yes this berth is available as a layup berth on request.|
|Cargo ships at dock||No|
|Meet and Greet Facilities||No|
|Toilet Facilities||No – available 700 metres walk away|
|Telephones||No – available in town|
|Availability of Maps and/or Brochures||Yes|
|Souvenir Shopping||No – available in town|
|Money Exchange||No – available in town|
|Is the US Dollar Accepted?||No|
|Closest Airport to Pier||Portland Airport|
|Distance to Airport||20 kms|
|Transport to Airport||Taxi / Coach|
|Can Passengers Walk to Town||Yes|
|Drive Time from Pier to Shuttle Stop||3 minutes to Visitor Information Centre|
|Distance from Pier to Town Centre||5 minutes|
|Are Shuttle Buses Necessary||Yes - for mobility limited passengers|
|Suggested Shuttle Stop in Town||Visitor Information Centre|
|Availability of Taxis at Pier||Yes|
|Availability of Public Transport at Pier||No, but available 500 metres from pier on request|
|Other Forms of Transport at Pier||N/A|
|Distance from Ship to Tour Buses||50 to 500 metres|
|What is the Normal Coach Capacity||45 persons|
|Are Tour Buses Air Conditioned||Yes|
|Are Refreshments Provided on Buses||By prior arrangement|
|Are Cold Towels Provided on Buses||By prior arrangement|
|Are Step Stools Provided on Buses||Yes|