|Port Albert, Gippsland's oldest Port established
in 1841, remains today as one of the few operating fishing villages on
the Victorian coastline. Located some 225 kilometres east of Melbourne,
and just fourteen kilometres south of Yarram,
it is a most delightful village with a number of old buildings from the
previous century lovingly restored. Some have a National Trust classification
or are on the Historic Buildings Register. Despite the loss of many of
the old buildings, there is a sense of fierce pride in the town and its
"The Port" is frequently promoted as a fishermen's paradise as the protected inland waters provide fine catches. Amateur fishermen back their runabouts down the concrete double ramp, eager to get an early start on whiting, flounder and flathead. Larger boats may venture into Corner Inlet or through the Port Albert entrance out into Bass Strait. The magnificent bays and coves of eastern Wilsons Promontory are accessible from Port Albert.
There is a charm and quiet ambience about Port Albert. The summer dawn is particularly pleasant, when the morning sun bathes a warm orange glow over the old buildings and boats tied up at the jetty. Mist rises as the sea warms to a new day. Fishing boats chugg their way down the channel and out into Bass Strait. The early pioneers would have enjoyed a quiet respite at The Port from their travels over the ranges. The rough-and-tumble days of the last century are gone but not forgotten. Port Albert has mellowed to a most delightful town.
A most pleasant walk commences at Government Walk, Stockyard Point. Moving northwest one passes the timber shed built in 1876 to house the Life Saving Equipment, the Bond Store (1856) and Warehouse, the Port Albert Hotel (licensed since 1844), and then a series of private residences including the old Port Albert Post Office (1864), the Derwent Hotel (1859), the Bar of the Ship Inn (1856), past the general Store (1856) to the Old Bakery (1859) faithfully maintained by artist Warren Curry, one of Australia's leading landscape and marine artists, and on to the beautifully restored Gowrie House (1855).
A fitting finale to the walk is a visit to the PORT ALBERT MARITIME MUSEUM (GIPPSLAND REGIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM) , housed in the former Bank of Victoria building (1862). The award-winning museum, recently renovated and refurbished, is fully accredited under the Museums Australia (Victoria) accreditation program. Its collection contains a wealth of information on the maritime and local history of Port Albert and Gippsland.
|CUSTOMS HOUSE INN (HOTEL)
39 Wharf Street, Port Albert Vic 3971.
Phone: 03 5183 2566 Facebook: Customs House Inn Port Albert
Hosts: Christopher Cato and Jan Chouliaras.
Adding to the many great establishments
in Port Albert is the much anticipated opening of the new hotel, “Customs
House Inn” at 39 Wharf Street. On the site of the original Customs House
circa 1860, Customs House Inn caters for tourists and locals alike! This
cosy little hotel has been fitted-out using a variety of locally sourced
and recycled materials providing a subtle nautical theme. The Inn boasts
a wide selection of on-tap beers and beverage and great wines! Also available
through the bottle shop. Food includes all the usual fare and some new
and exciting dishes to temp the taste buds! Come try the greatest burgers
in Port Albert and surrounding district!
Port Albert is an easy three hour drive from Melbourne east along the South Gippsland Highway. Set some three and a half kilometres inland within the Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park, it offers a protected haven from the vagaries of Bass Strait weather.
FUEL AND PROVISIONS
POST OFFICE: At General Store
ROYAL VOLUNTEER COASTAL PATROL
ACCOMMODATION - See also accommodation fo Yarram.
ALBERT MARITIME MUSEUM
NOORAMUNGA MARINE AND COASTAL PARK
Nearby interests: Township of Yarram (population 2,000) with all modern facilities only 14 kilometres north on South Gippsland Highway; the Alberton Historicc Cemetery, 5 km north, the Tarraville Church, oldest in Gippsland, 8 km, ; magnificent Tarra/Bulga National Park and the Strzelecki Range, 20 km past Yarram; start of Ninety Mile beach at Woodside; Yarram Golf Course.
|WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE OF THE
HISTORY OF PORT ALBERT?
|Find out more about one of Australia's finest artists, Warren Curry.|
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