Portland is the oldest European settlement in the whole of Australia and this small city boasts a population of around 10,000 people, which makes it feel more like a large town than a city. Portland was established in 1834 and features a number of charming historic buildings and other historic attractions.
Many of the older buildings in Portland have been converted into large houses, which makes the city’s real estate options extremely diverse and interesting. Property hunters who like the idea of living in a charming 19th century home will find plenty of excellent options in the heart of the city, while Portland’s suburbs offer a wide range of modern and affordable houses and apartments to choose from.
Portland is situated on the picturesque Portland Bay and features several sandy beaches. Chilling out at the beach is a very popular activity here on sunny days, while other popular activities among the residents of Portland include fishing, playing golf, going on long walks through the forest and seal watching.
More than fifty historically significantly buildings have been carefully restored in Portland and this is an exciting place for history lovers to explore. The best way to view these buildings is by talking a historic walking tour of the city. Some of the landmarks that are just waiting to be discovered include the old town hall, the Portland Maritime Discovery and Visitors Centre and the Steam Packet Inn.
A number of vibrant festivals and other types of events are held in Portland throughout the year. The colourful carnival in January is one of the most popular events of the year, while other exciting celebrations include the Dahlia Festival in March, Pioneer Week in November and the ever popular surfboat marathon, which is held in the month of December.