Arrived in Portland around 11am. Staying at the Portland Claremont Tourist Park. The cost is $25 2A per night, powered, off-peak season, if you are a Top Tourist member you get a discount of 10%. Due to a lot of rain, the grassed sites are too soggy, therefore we were offered an ensuite site at no additional cost. Lovely little park right in the centre of town but neatly tucked away from traffic noise.
Sunday We went for a ride Portland Cable Tram — which is not exactly a cable tram. It is really powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine, but cable tram sounds better, don't you think??? The tram has an open grip car where the driver sits, and an enclosed saloon car. The tram travels along historic Portland’s foreshore & stops off at many places along the way. The ride is a 8 km return trip & goes for over an hour with full commentary - cost $15 each - well worth it. One of the places the tram stopped at was the World War II Memorial Lookout, which was once a water tower. The landing of each of its seven flights of steps has an exhibition of war memorabilia and the 360 degree view from the top is worth the climb.
We decided to drive to Cape Bridgewater, which is 20 minutes south of Portland, to do the seal caves scenic walk – Jim wasn’t too keen but I really wanted to see the seals. The energetic walk took almost an hour to get to a viewing platform some 70 metres above the seals. Thank goodness, we did manage to see some seals even though you needed binoculars to get a close look at them. After our walk we stopped at the beachside café and had devonshire teas with real cream, yummy!!!!
On our way back to Portland we detoured to Cape Nelson to visit the Lighthouse. The Lighthouse stands 32 metres tall & dates back to 1883. The white and red tower and the long stonewall are the features that give the Cape Nelson Lighthouse a whole character of its own. For something unique you can stay in the newly restored lighthouse keeper's cottage.
Tomorrow (Monday) we are off to Warrnambool.