The Far South West of Victoria starts from the South Australia border and continues until the famous Great Ocean Road. The first coastal village across the South Australian border is Nelson, which is set along the Glenelg River. Nearby is the beautiful Lower Glenelg National Park. You can walk the Great South West Walk from Nelson to Portland, either walking inland along the Glenelg River or along the coast. Picturesque Bridgewater bay is a must see attraction to all visitors to the area. Great pace to swim, surf and walk. Alternatively you can do the full circuit by car in a day. Portland is the oldest town in Victoria, and started as a sealing and whaling town. From Portland you can head east along the coastal Princess Highway towards Warrnambool, the eastern gateway to the Great Ocean Road. The best places for good surf include Levy’s Bay, Logan’s Beach and Second Bay. If you fancy a swim go to the fabulous beach at Lady Bay. All the major regional centres have plenty of places to stay and to eat. For the most up to date information on this area check www.visitportland.com.au.
Local resident and adventurer Josh Warren notes the following:
‘I was attracted to the area because of its natural beauty and the endless opportunities the area presented to me and my family to pursue our favorite pastimes. What do I like doing?
- Surfing at any of the great beaches around the region
- Canoeing, hiking and camping along the Glenelg River
- Snorkelling and Scuba diving at the many great dive sites -even picking up the odd seasonal crayfish
- Playing Golf on the Port Fairy and Portland Golf Courses
- Fishing year round, especially when the tuna are on the go
- Observing the abundance of wildlife that inhabits the area. This includes hump back and blue whales, an abundance of bird life including a local gannet rookery, koalas in abundance and more!’