Location 229 km S.E. of Melbourne 15 km south of Yarram.
Discovered by Angus McMillan in 1841, from the mid 1800s Port Albert was the supply port for GippsIands pioneers until the completion of the Melbourne-Sale railway in 1878. It was Victorias first established port and its long timber jetty frequently berthed ships from Europe and America, as well as welcoming thousands of Chinese on their way to the GippsIand goldfields. The quaint fishing village is off the beaten track and, consequently, more than 40 buildings in a Georgian and Victorian architectural style still exist, including what is believed to be the first licensed hotel in Victoria (1842). Still a commercial fishing port, Port Alberts reputation for recreational fishing and its waters protected by 30 small islands sees its population swell considerably during summer. Relive its early significance at the museum, which records the turbulence of shipwrecks and coastal fishing.
THINGS TO DO :
~ Port Albert Maritime Museum ~ Tarraville Road - Open 10.30am-4.00pm daily September-May - Weekends only June-August.
~ The award winning Port Albert Maritime Museum is situated on the Gippsland Coast, east of Melbourne.
Historic Port Albert was settled in 1841 following the wreck of the paddle steamer Clonmel, and the arrival of Angus McMillan, seeking a port for shipping cattle from the lush hinterland. The museum opened in 1976 vividly recounts the days when Port Albert was the original `Gateway for Gippsland. Artefacts from the wreck of the Clonmel, navigational aids, charts and working models, a shell collection, a fishermens room and archival material fill the 1860s former Bank of Victoria, as well as displays show casing Port Alberts role in Gippsland Gold.