Portland Bay

Portland Bay is a small bay off the coast of Victoria, Australia. It is about 360 kilometres (220 mi) west of Melbourne. The main town on the bay is also named Portland. The western end of the bay is marked by the headland of Point Danger.

Portland Bay
Portland Bay is located in Victoria
Portland Bay
Portland Bay
Location in Victoria
Coordinates38°19′44″S 141°38′10″E / 38.32889°S 141.63611°E / -38.32889; 141.63611Coordinates: 38°19′44″S 141°38′10″E / 38.32889°S 141.63611°E / -38.32889; 141.63611[1]
Basin countriesAustralia

The bay was named after the Duke of Portland, a Secretary of State and later Prime Minister of Great Britain, by Lieutenant James Grant sailing on the Lady Nelson, on 7 December 1800.[2][3][4][5] The town of Portland later took its name from the bay.[5]


  1. ^ "Portland Bay (VIC)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.
  2. ^ Grant, James (1803), The narrative of a voyage of discovery, performed in His Majesty's vessel the Lady Nelson, London: Roworth, p. 195, cited in Bird (2006)
  3. ^ Lee, Ida (1915), The Logbooks of the Lady Nelson, London: Grafton, p. 328, OL 6580132M
  4. ^ Chart of the N and W. parts of Bass's Straits discovered and sailed through in a passage from England to Port Jackson in December 1800 in H.M. armed surveying vessel Lady Nelson commanded by Jas. Grant ..., retrieved 11 February 2011
  5. ^ a b Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria" (PDF). The Australian National Placename Survey (ANPS). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 February 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2008.