Name: Cynthia Alexander
Position: owner of Portland RACV agency
Why she loves it: Portland has so many outdoor activities, beautiful beaches, forest walks and a strong sense of community.
Absolute favourite: with Bridgewater’s safe beach, award-winning cafe and stunning scenery, it’s like being on holiday every day.
Portland is a fishing port and a popular destination and hunting ground for recreational fishers. Depending on the season you can buy fresh whiting, snapper, crayfish, prawns and mussels on Trawler Wharf. Some people bring their own boats, or you can do tours, or book a charter. Tuna fishing is good around Easter.
You can’t come to Portland without taking a ride on the Portland Cable Tram, which runs for 7.4 kilometres along the foreshore. You can hop on and off at any attraction along the route including the tram depot and museum, the Maritime Discovery Centre, Powerhouse Museum, botanic gardens and the World War II Memorial. The two trams, which came from Melbourne, are manned by volunteers and run year round. In winter people still ride the trams – they just cover up by putting rugs on their knees.