The city of Portland is the oldest European settlement in the state of Victoria, Australia. It is the main urban centre of the Shire of Glenelg and is located on Portland Bay. It is around 360 kilometres from Melbourne.
The Portland area was once occupied by the Kerrup-Tjmara people who called the district 'Pulumbete' meaning 'Little Lake'.
In December 1800; Lieutenant James Grant passed by the bay aboard the Lady Nelson, naming it after the British home secretary, the Duke of Portland. In 1802 this section of the coastline was scrutinized more closely by French navigator Nicolas Baudin.
Portland started as a sealing and whaling town. Now it is a major producer of aluminium, and you can tour around the aluminium smleter.
The Great South West Walk is a 250 kilometres walking track that begins at the Visitor Information Centre, Portland. It is D a long distance walking track but it is also ideal for short walks and day walks. The walk travels though forests, river gorges, cliff tops and sublime bays.