Things to do
The Powerhouse Car Museum is a must for car enthusiasts. The collection includes veteran, vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, stationary motors, tractors and fully restored Melbourne cable tram memorabilia.
Marvel at the Buicks, Dodge, Ford, Austin, Pontiac, Riley, Chev and Studebaker. Situated on the corner of Glenelg and Percy Streets, the museum has ample parking and is also a stop on the historic cable tram route.
Lady Julia Percy Island
Cruise out from Port Fairy to see the largest colony of Australian fur seals in the southern hemisphere. Ringed by cliffs, with a flat treeless top, the 329 acre island is owned by seals. See dolphins and fairy penguins, or in winter, whales can be seen on the way to the island. See the seals at sunset return to their burrows in hundreds.
Take the Cape Bridgewater trail south and take in striking views of what was once a volcanic island now joined to the mainland by calcified sand dunes. Look out from the viewing platform at the end of the trail on to a colony of Australian and New Zealand fur seals. Alternatively, you can take a cruise out to Cape Bridgewater and see the seals up close.
The Great South West Walk
Walk the whole circuit or just a part of one of Victoria’s premium trails; the Great South West Walk. You can also see most of the walk’s major attractions via shorter walks such as Cape Bridgewater and Discovery Bay.
Explore the beautiful limestone galleries of the Princess Margaret Rose Cave in Lower Glenelg National Park. Admire the stunning spring wildflowers blossoming along the magnificent Glenelg River. Discover the forests and wetlands of Mount Richmond National Park, and watch the fur seals, nankeen kestrels and peregrine falcons at Bridgewater Bay. Take to the water and canoe on the Glenelg, or relax in a friendly fishing town or swim at a surf beach.
Canoe on Lake Bellfield enjoying the views and peaceful surroundings with Absolute Outdoors Australia. Canoe Lake Wartook for a more adventurous water outing. Canoeing / Kayaking also available at various locations along the South West Coast including the Bridgewater Lakes near Bridgewater Bay (Portland) and the Merri River at Warrnambool.
Take in the spectacular Portland Bay foreshore at your leisure with a ride on the iconic Portland Cable Tram. Discover Portland’s rich history and enjoy hoping on and off to visit must see tourist attractions including the Portland Maritime Discover Centre, Memorial Lookout and Botanic Gardens before stopping at the Powerhouse Car Museum. The fully restored cable tram runs along a 3.7km track four times a day and is a must do while in Portland Bay.