Port Albert is an idyllic seaside coastal fishing village within South Gippsland, fronting Bass Strait and just East of Wilsons Promontory.
Introducing Port Albert
Port Albert is a picturesque coastal town in Victoria, Australia.
Steeped in a rich maritime history, it was Gippsland’s first established port and was the cornerstone of the land transport connections in the early 1800’s.
Located within the Corner Inlet region, it is renowned as a recreational and commercial fishing spot.
Port Albert’s picturesque and peaceful location attracts visitors from around Australia and overseas. Photographers, artists, anglers, historians, walkers, foodies, and anyone with an interest in maritime history will relish what Port Albert has to offer.
Its close proximity to Tarra Bulga National Park, Wilsons Promontory & the famous 90 Mile Beach makes it a ‘must stop’ destination for those traveling the East Coast.
Travelers can find an array of accommodation in the area, made up of Airbnb, Motels, and overnight RV facilities which make Port Albert a convenient overnight stop-over point for holiday makers.
Port Albert remains a commercial port, and its reputation for recreational fishing sees its population swell considerably during summer with a recently upgraded boat ramp.
Visit the Port Albert Maritime Museum, follow the Old Port Walking Trail, or enjoy fishing off the jetty, famous fish & chips, bird watching, and take photographs of the Buoys located around the scenic wharf.
Port Albert is one of Victoria’s oldest seaports, established in 1841 by explorer Angus McMillan.
From this time, Port Albert 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 collection of historical buildings boast Georgian and Victorian style heritage, with a number of the old buildings lovingly restored.
Some buildings in Port Albert have a National Trust classification or are on the Historic Buildings Register.
A number of buildings worth visiting include – the “Rocket Shed” built in 1876 to house Life Saving Equipment and now functions as an information centre for visitors.
The General Store and the Bond Store were both established in 1856; the Bank of Victoria building buit in 1862 and now houses the Gippsland Regional Museum, located on the corner of Wharf Street and Bay Street. This award winning museum is fully accredited under the Museums Australia (Victoria) accreditation program and contains exhibitions and memorabilia on the maritime and local history of Port Albert and Gippsland.
A number of historic buildings are now private residences and these include the old Port Albert Post Office (1864), the Derwent Hotel (1859), the Bar of the Ship Inn (1856) and the Old Bakery (1859) which has been faithfully restored by artist Warren Curry, a leading landscape and marine artist and who now runs this as a part time Gallery (open weekends).
The Alberton Cemetery is also a place not to be missed being one of the oldest cemeteries in the State of Victoria.
It certainly gives an insight into the hardships experienced by our pioneering ancestors. The cemetery covers 32 acres overall, with the original part being near the banks of the Albert river and called the “Old Ground”.
The cemetery is still in use today.
Meet some of Gippsland's oldest residents by booking a guided walking tour of the Alberton cemetery.