Port Albert

History of Port Albert
- Port Albert, Victoria's first established port, is the original gateway to Gippsland.

- From the mid-1800s, Port Albert was the supply port for Gippsland's pioneers until the completion of the Melbourne-Sale railway in 1878. It has berthed ships from Europe and America and welcomed thousands of Chinese on their way to the goldfields.

- A walk through Port Albert will reveal some 12 historic buildings all with plaques affixed.

- The Museum is located in Port Albert, Gippsland's first port discovered in 1841 by the survivors of the wreck of the steamer 'Clonmel' on the Ninety Mile Beach.
- Explorer Angus McMillan arrived at almost the same time.

- The Museum has an extensive collection of historic artefacts, photos and documents housed in the heritage listed Bank of Victoria built in 1861 to store gold from the Gippsland Gold Rush.

Port Albert - The Town Today
- Still a commercial fishing port, Port Albert's reputation for recreational fishing, with its waters protected by 30 small islands, sees its population swell considerably during summer.

- It provides access not only to Bass Strait but to 220 square kilometres of sheltered estuaries. Catches include flathead, snapper, king george whiting, bream, salmon, perch and mulloway.

- The quaint fishing village is off the beaten track and, more than 40 buildings in a Georgian and Victorian architectural style still exist.

- Recent development in Port Albert has seen the opening of quality bed and breakfast and holiday accommodation.

*Information on history and the town today was gathered from www.visitvictoria.com and Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia.

Port Albert - Town Facilities
* Supermarket/General Store *
Port Albert General Store - 71 Tarraville Road

Quick facts about Port Albert
- Population approximately 300
- 209 kilometres south-east of Melbourne
- Original maritime gateway to Gippsland
- Historic coastal fishing village
- Gippsland Regional Maritime Museum
- Award-winning fish and chips

Port Albert - Activities and attractions
- Gippsland Regional Maritime Museum
- Nooramunga Sailing Tours
- Old Port Walking Trail

How to get to Port Albert
Port Albert is just over 3 hours from Melbourne along the South Gippsland Highway, via Korumburra, Leongatha, Foster and Welshpool.