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Portland Maritime Discovery Centre

Great Ocean Road

  • Portland Maritime Discovery Centre
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At Portland Maritime Discovery Centre you'll experience a range of activities. Step inside the rib cage of the Sperm Whale skeleton. Unfold the history of Victoria's birthplace through Portland's images of the past. Explore treasures from the shipwreck trail. Discover your links with the sea. Unfold a wealth of activities available at our regional visitor information centre.

At Portland Maritime Discovery Centre you'll experience a range of activities. Step inside the rib cage of the Sperm Whale skeleton. Unfold the history of Victoria's birthplace through Portland's images of the past. Explore treasures from the shipwreck trail. Discover your links with the sea. Unfold a wealth of activities available at our regional visitor information centre.

School and after-school groups are also catered for with special packages available that include hands-on participation.

Portland’s Maritime Discovery Centre was built in 1998 and houses the Portland Visitor Information Centre and a maritime museum.

The museum includes permanent displays documenting the region’s rich maritime history including whaling, ship wrecks, rescue, navigation and the local fishing industry.

The museum also has a temporary exhibition space with changing maritime-themed displays.

Centrepiece of the museum is the 1858 Portland lifeboat, famous for its role in the 'Admella' rescue of 1859. The lifeboat is one of the oldest remaining unrestored intact vessels in Australia, possibly the world.

Other objects in the collection include material from the Port of Portland Collection - photographs, technical instruments, diving equipment and maritime tools; and the skeleton of a 14 metre Sperm Whale.

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Facilities

  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Interpretive centre
  • Interactive centre
  • Picnic area
  • Public toilet

Activities

  • Self guided

Memberships

  • Museums Australia
  • Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation
  • Visitor Information Centre

Accessibility

Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times