Port Welshpool photos

Port Welshpool

Port Welshpool is a scenic coastal town located between the dairying community of Toora and historic Port Albert. The Strzelecki Ranges are to the north of town, while Wilsons Promontory is within an hour by road.

Lewis Street runs parallel to the town's main beach, separated from the coast by a flat grassy foreshore with walking tracks, picnic facilities and a playground.

At the western end of Lewis Street is Long Jetty which is 800 metres in length. Originally built in 1938 and completely restored in 2018 with a concrete deck, it features fishing stations, an old winch shed, the historic Broman diving bell and interpretive signage about the history of the jetty.

Port Welshpool's small commercial centre is located towards the eastern end of Lewis Street and consists of a hotel and general store. Directly across the road is the town's wharf area which is a base for a tourist cruise service to Wilsons Promontory, ocean fishing vessels and some cargo boats which operate between Tasmania and the Gippsland coast.

Five kilometres north of Port Welshpool on the South Gippsland Highway is the service town of Welshpool which features a hotel, food outlets and service station. On the corner of the road to Port Welshpool are attractive gardens which include an information shelter, war memorial and a giant black anchor.

For a scenic drive through the mountain ranges to the north, start at Slades Hill Road which meets the South Gippsland Highway in Welshpool. Follow this road north up through the rolling hills and enjoy the scenic views across grazing land, farmland and down to the coast. Following the signs to Agnes Falls will result in a 10 kilometre journey ending up at the Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve. There is a pleasant picnic area which fronts the Agnes River, while an easy 200 metre stroll through the Blue Gum forest ends up at a couple of viewing platforms that overlook the falls. Following the road down towards Toora passes through a wind farm with giant turbines perched high on the surrounding hills, while the Silcocks Hill Lookout offers scenic views down to the Toora township and the coast.

To the west of Port Welshpool is Barry Beach which is situated on a peninsula of land at Barry Point. There is no public access to the coast from here, and the area is used as a base for oil and gas rigs in Bass Strait.