Have a comfortable trip in Portland with a car rental
Bring your hire car to Portland which was established in 1800 by the British navigator James Grant. It became a good provider of shelter and fresh water, which enabled the residents to establish the first settlements in the area. It soon became the most important port in Australia and at the same time enabled the growth of the wool industry. Nowadays, Portland is a great place to enjoy a relaxing holiday with your family and friends while driving your hire car.
Portland has over 200 buildings (many of which are made up of blue stone) that is classified by the Natural Trust.
Top Attractions Within Portland
The Portland Cable Tram offers visitors a scenic and informative experience through the foreshore, providing views along the coast and passing attractions such as the Botanic Gardens, the Portland Powerhouse Car Museum, the Maritime Discovery Centre and many more. The tram runs seven days a week, between 10am-4pm in summer and between 10am-3pm in winter. Tickets can be used to travel all day and visitors can get on and off at any of the 5 stops along the way. If you want to see many of Portland's beautiful places in a day, then the Portland Cable Tram is definitely for you!
Portland Maritime Discovery Center was built in 1998 and houses the maritime museum. The items put on display include documentation on the maritime history of Portland, old sailing and fishing boats, and a temporary exhibition space with changing maritime themed displays. Be sure to experience the most famous piece the Museum owns, which is one of the oldest lifeboats in the world.
The Portland Powerhouse Museum
features veteran, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, a Penny Farthing bicycle, stationary engines, signs, models, a 1920's Cable Tram and Grip car, tractors, and general motoring memorabilia.
Portland Powerhouse Motor and Car Museum is the place where vintage cars, motorbikes and general motors are put on display for people to admire. For children, there is an interactive display, where they can see the mechanism of a steam engine, or push button operated motors to see them in action, a Holden 6 cycle grey motor, and a Mazda rotary! With your hire car ready, it'll entertaining and fun, for both adults and children.
In the Cape Nelson State Park, you can enjoy activities such as sightseeing, picnics and barbeques, nature study, and strolling.
The Cape Nelson Lighthouse is one of the popular attractions in the area. You'll be engulfed by the spectacular views of the surrounding coastal and inland environment once you climb the tower.
Portland Head Light is probably the oldest lighthouse in Portland, the Head Light was built by the local masons in 1791. It reaches a total height of 24 metres. Move your hire car to the Light House that underwent radical renovation in 2005, and since then, it has been open to the public. The Portland Head Light also features a museum housing photographs and memorabilia that exhibit the evolution of Portland and the Head Light as well.
The Cape Nelson State Park also has beautiful picnic spots where you and your family or friends can enjoy a meal. And after the meal, why not enjoy a stroll either at the Sea Cliff Nature Walk which is about 3 kilometers. If you like to take longer walks, then the Lighthouse Walk and the Great South West Walk is an excellent choice of path.