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Lighthouses
Located only ten minutes from Portland upon the rugged cliffs of Cape Nelson, the Cape Nelson Lighthouse precinct comprises the 35 meter tall lighthouse, the cosy Isabella's cafe, and two exquisitely renovated assistant lighthouse keeper's cottages available as accommodation.These historic buildings have been elegantly restored and now comprise two separate two-bedroom cottages.The cottages are ideal for a secluded couple's get away, families, or groups! The precinct is located within Cape Nelson State Park and is surrounded by spectacular views, excellent walking tracks, and tours of the historic lighthouse run daily.Isabella's cafe, located in the old stables, offers morning and afternoon tea and gourmet lunches daily.Each cottage includes two bedrooms with queen sized beds, a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and lounge room with TV, DVD and an open fire place. All properties include free Wi-Fi, reverse cycle air conditioning and breakfast of cereal, milk, eggs, bacon, toast and condiments, as well as tea and coffee. About the area:Cape Nelson is a well known whale spotting area - observe from the cliffs or climb to the top of the lighthouse to spot southern wright whales in the middle of the year and blue whales in summer months! Dolphins and seals are sometimes spotted in the water as well! As we are located on the Great South West Walk, we are surrounded by kilometers of walking tracks through bush, beaches and cliffs. The area is rich in native wildlife, including kangaroos and wallabies, echidnas, koalas, and is close to Australia's only mainland Gannet breeding colony. The beaches around Portland are also well known for having great surf for all levels at any time of year, so make sure to bring boards and wetsuits!
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  • Dreamer283102
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had the best day out in Portland taking selfies at all the trip advisor’s best places to go in Portland! Highly suggest it, grab a few mates and make sure you end up at Mac’s Pub.
    Written 6 March 2024
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  • Sue M
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small museum with an interesting local collection of historical items. A couple of hands on activities for the kids. Food was tasty but a little pricey. Lots of information about other things to do on the local area.
    Written 20 January 2023
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  • Caroline D
    Melbourne, Australia231 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit when in the area, this water tower has been converted into a museum and has lots of different displays from all parts of WWII. It is obvious the locals have donated a lot of memorabilia over the years and the displays are well set out. There is some amazing art work on the walls as well depicting the era. Once you get up the top the 360 degree views of Portland are really good. There are a number of stairs but there is a landing area quite regularly to stop and take in the next display. If you are unable to take the stairs there is still some of the museum you can enjoy on the ground floor.
    Written 15 April 2024
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  • Tony W
    Sydney, Australia4,678 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were fortunate to be staying at the Cape Nelson Lighthouse cottages and therefore had to go through the State Park to get there. A number of lookouts over the rugged and picturesque coast line. Well worth a visit when the area and its only a quick 10km from Portland.
    Written 12 March 2022
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  • Frog-Aus
    Box Hill, Australia393 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great little museum with a good collection of spotless vintage cars - still being used by their owners. Particularly interesting to me was the history of each one.
    Written 3 September 2022
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  • Kamal P
    Byron Bay, Australia3,550 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed our stole through the small but beautifully laid botanical garden at Portland. The Spring blooms attracted us for its vivid colours. It was a rainy day but between the spells of the downpour we were able to walk the full length and the breadth admiring the display. It was so relaxing.
    Written 18 April 2023
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  • Victorianlad
    Melbourne, Australia17,173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    On a Saturday night in July 2023 we attended the 1800 hours (6pm) Vigil Mass.

    Although especially in winter the 1000 hours Mass on Sundays (not 1030 as shown in an older photo) would be understandably more popular, there were many age groups represented.

    Fr Lawrence O'Toole officiated as the regular priest was away on no doubt well deserved holidays.

    The priest gave an excellent short homily and was friendly afterwards. He's typical of so many selfless Catholic priests worldwide.

    The historic bluestone church has strong links to Australia's first Saint, Mary MacKillop. There was a picture of her inside the church.

    Unusually, the pews have been removed. There was comfortable bench seating but no kneelers: very rare in a Catholic church.

    The church had salmon carpet that looked OK and was clean. It was not cold inside so the doors must be draughtproof.

    For some reason the Church did not have a second collection (for the Church: first one in Australia is normally for the priests and upkeep of the presbytery/priory).
    Written 16 July 2023
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  • Kamal P
    Byron Bay, Australia3,550 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Whalers bluff light house reminded me of two other stumpy light houses I have visited before. They are the Flagg staff upper light house in Warrnambool and Richmond River light house in Ballina NSW. This too has its unique features making it different to the others. From the location I was able to get a good view of the Portland marina, Dutton beach and the port precinct. It was a pleasant place to spend time in the evening enjoying the panoramic view.
    Written 19 April 2023
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  • idatev
    Portland, Australia85 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the lesser known tourist spots reserved mainly for river fishing and also beach fishing. A place where many head to for a quiet weekend with areas for camplng and caravans. The Fitzroy river mouth is mainly closed needing to either walk up on a narrow track through the sand or wade through the river water to acess the beach. Suitable for all ages and the shallows of the river near the beach is an ideal spot for kids to safely play in the water.
    Written 21 February 2019
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  • daytripper_1
    Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you want to see Gannets this is a good general spot to view them. This year they were breeding and mostly young birds were on the nesting area through the gate. If you want to photograph gannets the Popes Eye colony of gannets is far superior for flight shots, pairs of gannets clicking beaks and gannets hovering above trying to find a spot amongst the other birds. At Popes Eye colony there are many adult birds with big wing spans and landing on the water. Watermarq have excellent boat trips from Sorrento Pier for diving and sightseeing out to Pope Eye Gannet colony.Pick a clear sunny day and go on the 2pm boat as the light is coming across the gannets and lots of detail on feathers and eyes. Use at least a 200 or longer lens. You also can photo seals on the way back !
    Written 16 March 2023
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  • Tanya C
    Rome, Italy9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great park for my little ones (3 & 1.5 years old). Saw 4 kangaroos, 2 goats, 4 emus, 4 chickens! We also enjoyed the park and the big slide. Perfect 2 hours of fun for them. Tip: bring some bread to feed the animals and they’ll all come over to the fence!
    Written 12 November 2022
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  • Kamal P
    Byron Bay, Australia3,550 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yellow rock was a relatively short stack at the base of the cliff. The stack had an odd appearance resembling like layers of pancakes mixed with stones kept one above the other and the edges eroded awkwardly. Geological description about the formation was not available. To me it looked like compressed layers of sediments in the ocean that has emerged and then eroded due to wind action and waves bashing. The edges of each layer were odd. It was like hundreds of small pieces of yellowish slate held together in a fragile manner as in a structure that have deteriorated and collapsed. The cliffs in this area also had a similar layered pattern and the base made up of volcanic rock. Anyway, it is an interesting place.
    Written 19 April 2023
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