Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

PAGE 20 | LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE PORT ALBERT Historic seaport is still a boating mecca Port Albert is one of Victoria's oldest seaports, established in 1841 by explorer Angus McMillan. From this time, it became the major supply port for pioneers until completion of the railway in 1878 which connected Melbourne to Sale. Many migrants from Europe, America and China berthed from Port Albert on their way to the goldfields. As a result, the town's historical buildings boast Georgian and Victorian style heritage, with a number of the old buildings lovingly restored. Some have a National Trust classification or are on the Historic Buildings Register. Many of these buildings, dating right back to the 1840s and 1850s, are now private residences, or house interesting shops and attractions, such as a fascinating maritime museum, a waterside maritime art and antique store, excellent cafés (including one on a wharf overlooking the water), a wine bar, interesting second-hand stores and take-away food shops. The 'Rocket Shed' building, constructed in 1876 to house life-saving equipment, is now the town's visitor information centre, and it's certainly worth dropping-in there to see the historic building, and gather useful information and advice about the area. A boating paradise The vast sheltered waterways out from Port Albert and around Corner Inlet make the area a paradise for anglers, birdwatchers and divers. Over spring, the waters typically provide fine catches of rock flathead, pike, Australian salmon and whiting. Drop by local bait suppliers for tips on the best local baits and fishing spots. If you're planning on boating, it's prudent to track down one of the detailed nautical maps available for these waterways, as they will guide you safely into areas that suit your vessel. Lots to explore With a number of magnificent marine and coastal parks nearby, it's a good idea to take a few days to fully explore this wonderful town and its surrounding coastal regions. To find out more about Port Albert, visit One of Victoria’s oldest seaports, Port Albert is still a popular destination for seaside holiday makers and boaters. Photo: Visit Victoria OLD MANS BEACH RD STAWELL ST OLD SALE RD TANNERY RD TANNERY RD PORT ALBERT TARRAVILLE RD YARRAM PORT ALBERT RD SOUTH GIPPSLAND HWY TARRAVILLE RD WHARF ST OLD PORT FORESHORE RD SOUTH ST VICTORIA ST OLD PORT RD MCMILLAN BAY BLACKBERRY BIGHT STOCKYARD POINT ROBERTSONS BEACH TARRAVILLE SEABANK SUNDAY ISLAND NOORAMUNGA MARINE & COASTAL PARK NOORAMUNGA MARINE & COASTAL PARK SUNDAY ISLAND CLONMET ISLAND port albert 3971 Welcome to Distance from Melbourne: 232km Population: 250 approx. Amenities: Accommodation options include bed and breakfasts and self-contained cottages. RV facilities are located close to the township and boat ramp for a convenient overnight stopover point for caravans and campers. Scan here for full detailed map