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Whale watching

OMG Whales! You can see whales from the shore during the whale watching season from July to November. Why do the whales love the bay so much?

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Tuna fishing

The tuna have never been bigger, and it’s the talk of the town. If you have fishing in your blood, you need to be here!

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Quiet, clean rooms

One thing guests always comment on are our clean, quiet rooms. It’s remarkable when you look at our handy location, but trucks take the ring road to get to the port so there’s no brake or engine noise.

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Getting here

The easiest trip up from Melbourne is via the Railway. Catch a train from Melbourne to Warrnambool, then bus ride to Portland. Or if you’re in a hurry, Fly!

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Welcome to the

Mariner Motel

Welcome to Portland, the crown of the Great South West Coast, and welcome to the Mariner Motel, where we offer you the best, quietest rooms of any Motel in Portland.

You will love our handy location. All facilities are within walking distance, and we are ideally situated for students of the local TAFE and the Professional Diving Services dive school.

Literally 100 metres from our front door you can find the Portland Bay lighthouse with its perfect position above the cliffs to see whales as they travel in from their feeding grounds at the great southern ocean and the Bonney upwelling. You might get lucky and see calves and breaching whales.

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Latest News

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Big tuna keep coming!

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Gardening time

If you book for summer you will look forward to a new garden bed at the back of the motel.

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Whale viewing platform

Come see the new whale viewing platform being built!

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Reviews

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Freedom x2

Room was very clean looking and feeling. Was a good walk around the port to restaurants and cafes in the town centre.