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.


Working hours

Customs Officers 24 hours - Rebecca Hill
Quarantine Officials 24 hours - Simon Potter
Immigration Officials 24 hours - Rebecca Hill

Customs and Immigration

Passenger Manifest Yes
Embarking Passenger Manifest Yes
Crew Manifest Yes
Stores List Yes
Customs Declaration (Ship) Yes
Customs Declaration (Crew) Yes
Forms Comments  
Customs Declaration (Passengers) Yes

Port health

Health Declaration Yes


Ground Operations

The following Ground Handlers are ACA members and supply superior ground handling services throughout Australia.

Port Approach


Arrival Departure Restrictions Weather permitting else no restrictions
Tidal Variation 0.75 metres on average
Prevailing Currents N/A
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

Depth 11.6 metres
Diameter 440 metres
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


Port Services

Shipping Agents


Name Various – details on website (
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

Port Officials

Working hours 0800 to 1700 (business days)
Overtime Yes


Stevedoring Name Qube
Stevedoring Address Cnr Berth 5/6, Port of Portland, Portland, VIC, 3305
Stevedoring Telephone +61 3 5521 7775
Stevedoring Fax  
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


Fresh Water Yes
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

Dry garbage Quarantine garbage can be received
Barge alongside No
Containers available Yes
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

Wet garbage

Wet garbage Yes
Ship or shore pump Both
Sludge disposal Yes
Sludge details Fuel oil sludge can be handled


Repair facilities

Nearest dry dock Depending on size of vessels
Maximum Tonnage  
Divers Available Yes - locally
Engineering facilities Yes - locally


Dredging undertaken Yes
Dredging when Bed-levelling undertaken in April 2015


Port Operator

Port operator

Name Port of Portland Pty Ltd
Address PO Box 292, Portland, VIC, 3305
Telephone +61 3 5525 0900
Facsimile +61 3 5521 7488
Web Site
Email Address ;
Primary Contact David Shennan - Marine Manager/Harbour Master
T +61 3 5525 0980
M +61 439 209 120

Berth details

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
Security fences Yes

Nearest ports

Australia Melbourne/Geelong/Adelaide/Burnie/Hobart/Kanagaroo Island/Eden
Overseas Port Auckland/Christchurch



Terminal facilities

Terminal Building Yes
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

Tour buses

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



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