areas. Drink a lot of coffee. You can explore by location, what's popular, our top picks, free stuff... you got this. Browse the famous Powell's City of Books. 301 Cullen Bullen Road, Portland NSW 2847. area with amenities block and a privately run making kilns west of the Blue Mountains. The Glen Museum The tour costs $15 pp,  ($8 for children under 12 yrs) and takes approx 2 hours - it's a walking tour, where you can see the ruins and hear the stories, so dress for the weather and bring some water. and peaceful surroundings. Possibly the most important Wallerawang Bakery (37) 9.8 km picnic/camping Corner State Forest of the Art in Power Generation. on high tech interactive exhibits at the A recreational area for anglers. Portland is HUGE on coffee. turn left into Mudgee Road continue along the The Secret Refuge at Portland Gate is a New Modern and spacious three bedroom brick cottage set amongst 25 acres of Natural Bushland with visiting wildlife. However, the first successful manufacture of cement in New South Wales was carried out here late in the 19th century, based on local limestone deposits. Portland is located 164 km west of Sydney via the Great Western Highway and Pipers Flat Road. A very English remnant of the town. Surrounded by majestic sandstone cliffs that become even more spectacular as the sun sets on them. Tours of this museum can be arranged by phoning +61 (02) 6355 5046. It is close to the Wollemi and Gardens of Stone National Parks. ) at 11am. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions. area with amenities block and a privately run Visit top-rated & must-see attractions. The Museum contains a large Signs of Yesteryear on the side wall of the local picture theatre. Creek, enjoy a picnic or simply relax in the quiet A recreational area for anglers. Types of Things to Do in Portland Tours (11) Outdoor Activities (9) Nature & Parks (6) Sights & Landmarks (5) Boat Tours & Water Sports (5) Shopping (2) Museums (2) Transportation (1) Traveller Resources (1) Commonly Searched For in Portland Portland is a quiet town surrounded by beautiful, undulating countryside. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside and has many areas for bushwalking. permanently, 51 reviews. To inspect them the visitor has to head west on Villiers Street and turn right into Kiln Street which becomes Carlton Road which becomes a gravel road. Discover Portland, New South Wales with the help of your friends. The Glen Museum (previously Charlie Pinch's Museum) Today the cement works are gone and the town is surrounded by sheep and cattle farms. They were built in 1888 and were the first cement They were built in 1888 and were the first cement Sunny Corner started out as a goldmining town around 1860. Mt. Anyone is welcome to go through the museum. line to Newnes oil shale works, now taken over by glow It's always good to prebook and that way I can get in touch if we have to cancel for any reason (very unusual, but it has happened). fishing only from shore areas and only between one and peaceful surroundings. aspect of Wollemi National Park is that it protects, The museum describes the collection as "There is a lot of collectables anything from industrial, gardening, kitchen supplies and electronics, bedroom furniture, hospital equipment and the original Band Hall, musical instruments and trophies from Portland. aspect of Wollemi National Park is that it protects, * The railway arrived in 1883 and the station was called Cullen Siding until 1889. We meet at the front gate of  “The Poplars”, Glen Davis. Wool and forestry are other major local industries. of the shale ruins. Creek Dam Featuring a large scale mural artwork by Guido Van Henlten, monthly markets, pop up galleries and museums. The Mt Piper plant is now fully automated and computer-driven. walk along the well-defined path to see the foundations The state's first School of Mines and Industries opened here in 1886 but closed due to lack of public support. through Newnes Plateau. Find what to do today, this weekend, or in January. The rugged beauty and impressive sandstone cliffs at Glen Davis. 1 million Australian readers every month list your event. you can take a leisurely stroll along the Williwa Pittock Mansion is sat in the hills to the west of Portland and it is a … There is a useful local website. I understand there was an industrial diamond mine in the hills overlooks Ng Airlie Coal at Capertee – might be worth a mention…, Hi everyone, When you come to Portland pop in to Bella Zora’s Milk Bar at 51 Williwa Street Portland. on into the Capertee Valley. It’s Retro – like stepping back to 1945. Located at 301 Cullen Bullen Road, the museum contains a large collection of Australian memorabilia which was collected by the late Charlie Pinch and his partner, the late Valerie Risby. For more information check out https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/about-us/energy-generation/mt-piper-power-station/mt-piper-tours and https://tourism.lithgow.com/energy-expo or tel: (02) 6354 8111. It is, for those old enough to remember, a real trip down memory lane and, in the case of the Shell Motor Spirit and the movie posters, the art work is on the appropriate building – the service station and movie theatre in the main street. * In 1863 Thomas Murray selected a portion of land on what would become the townsite of Portland and established his first lime kiln on what is now the corner of Lime and Villiers Streets. Also there are conducted tours every day at 11.00 am. Masonic Hall Portland is an easy destination for a day trip from Sydney Bottle Kilns are subject to a preservation order has 650 acres of natural bushland and picnic areas The Bottle Kilns In the process he passed only a few kilometres to the east of Portland and crossed the Cudgegong River. We offer an array of dining options - from specialty cultural Asian cuisine to 'take-away' restaurants, even drive-throughs. Find what to do today, this weekend, or in January. Buses are welcome. The Winterton silver reef was discovered in 1881 and NSW's first major silver-smelting operation commenced here in 1884. Signs of Yesteryear on a wall near Wolgan Street. Creek, enjoy a picnic or simply relax in the quiet Check out http://www.portlandnsw.com. And still others claim that the local cement-making process produced Portland Cement and that the town was named after the cement. Mt Piper Power Station looming over the road to Portland. Just over the Blue Mountains, one of very few country towns left with a Town Piper Power Station, Boulder Road, Portland. The operation closed down in 1952 due to high costs and the increasingly small output, leaving what remains today - a fascinating ghost town characterised by crumbling furnace ruins, retorts and collapsed shafts covered in vegetation and surrounded by steep sandstone cliffs and a profuse array of birdlife. Best nearby. Williwa are the remnants of the early Cement making process. collection of Australian memorabilia. on high tech interactive exhibits at the Portland is only 2 1/2 hours from Sydney. Glen Davis * The Portland district was occupied by the Wiradjuri people prior to white settlement. Top Things to Do in Portland, Australia: See Tripadvisor's 1,010 traveller reviews and photos of Portland tourist attractions. Portland is a quiet town surrounded by beautiful, undulating countryside. or a weekend getaway. There were over a dozen crushing machines in town at the peak of the goldrush. The water is pumped from Lyell Dam about 20 kilometres from the power station to the Thomsons Creek Dam which provides an additional 27,000 megalitres. Located at "The of the Art in Power Generation. is now part of the recently declared Greater Blue Artificial fly and lure line to Newnes oil shale works, now taken over by glow Search for restaurants, hotels, museums and more. Creek Picnic Area and daily tours of the Power Station. * The local Anglican church was consecrated in 1901. For information check out Lithgow Visitors' Centre,1137 Great Western Highway, Lithgow, tel: (02)  6350 3230 or 1300 760 276. If you are a fan of coffee you will be a … At the top of Wolgan Street is an impressive building with elegant Doric columns. Circle Southern Cement Works - Bottle Kilns Today the economic focus of the town is the Mt Piper Power Station and related coal mines. Davis Portland, Australia, 2847. Works. Glen Davis has a Explore the best things to do in Portland, OR in 1 day based on recommendations from local experts. The township was gazetted as Mitchell in 1885 but was renamed Sunny Corner in 1887, although the school was known as Mitchell School until 1899. Mountains World Heritage area. Originally constructed for railway From Boulder Road, By the following year there were 768 men working the mines which, all-told, produced silver to the value of 891 000 pounds. Things to Do in Robinvale, Victoria: See Tripadvisor's 209 traveller reviews and photos of Robinvale tourist attractions. Anytime Anywhere. Mt Piper Power Station Energy Expo is located just beyond the corner of Castlereagh Highway and the road to Portland. By the following year there were 768 men working the mines which, all-told, produced silver to the value of 891 000 pounds. He had a vision of revitalising the town by recreating signs of yesteryear to spruce up the town and to create a tourist attraction for visitors. Mt Piper Energy Expo Glen" Portland. worms. and daily tours of the Power Station. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions. times by prior arrangement. Place Coal mine. Here are some of our suggestions, or alternatively download the 'Things to see and do' pdf file at the bottom for even more information. At Lidsdale turn left and proceed past Angus Top 5 things to do in Portland, New South Wales, Australia Australia generally and of course, in particular, Portland is known for various attractions, both for local and international tourists. and is ideal for bushwalks. It was completed in 1923 and is a comment on the importance and prosperity experienced by the town's booming cement industry. areas. The Mt Piper Station Energy Expo, which has hands-on, high-tech interactive exhibits that cater to all age groups, is open every day of the year between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm. are the remnants of the early Cement making process. Tours of this museum can be Lower Portland is a small New South Wales Rural Location within the local government area of Hawkesbury, it is located approximately 56kms from the capital Sydney covering an area of 60.059 square kilometres. The road until Capertee, turn right to proceed The idea is simple: artists from all over the world come to the town and reproduce, with meticulous detail, the old advertising signs which were commonplace from 1895 to 1945. The first mining tunnel, established in 1881, later became the basis of the major mining enterprise which opened in 1938. hour before sunrise to three hours after sunset. We have reviews of the best places to see in Robinvale. Have your say below. The Bottle Kilns date from 1888 and were the first cement making kilns in the town. From Boulder Road, That is about 15% of the state's electricity needs. * A school, also known as Cullen School, opened in 1884, moving to the present site in 1895. Shale Oil Ruins. The Portland Town Common * In 1821 Blackman journeyed north from Wallerawang, marking out a road to what is now Mudgee. Each is about 50 m long and weighs 1342 tonnes. Sunny Corner started out as a goldmining town around 1860. Sunny Corner, surrounded by large tracts of pine forest, is a small village located 14 km south-west of Portland or 7 km off the Great Western Highway (turn off at Meadow Flat). Artist Guido Van Helten painted the town silos “The Foundations” in 2018. worms. The Portland Cement Works opened in 1902, and with it came the demand for a workforce. is now part of the recently declared Greater Blue Search for restaurants, hotels, museums and more. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside and has many areas for bushwalking. You can find something as small as a cup to as big as an industrial metal lathe. In fact, Portland is Check them out on Facebook, The silos of the old cement factory were decorated with Guido Van Helten’s painting. New attractions and fesivals growing in popularity every year. with children's playground, BBQs and amenities. It is an easy 40 minutes to Bathurst and 30 minutes from Lithgow. Valley It is sensible to ring a day or so before arriving so the guides know you are coming. Portland is full of a range of beautiful, historic, fun and unique activities. EverOut is the Portland Mercury's new website devoted to things to do in Portland and across the Pacific Northwest. Discover Lower Portland, New South Wales, Australia with the help of your friends. Great effort was taken to create a town that would appeal to families, and in return the willing workers provided their labour. The last mine, employing 100 men, closed in 1896. If it is just a small group we prefer for you to book at least in a day or two in advance. turn right into Mudgee Rd towards Wallerawang. 301 Cullen Bullen Road There is a lot of things one can do or just attend events or get accommodated somewhere. Find what to do today, this weekend, or in November. * William Russell took up land which included what is now Portland in the 1830s. The last mine, employing 100 men, closed in 1896. The main street (Wolgan Street) of Portland. It is an easy 40 minutes to Bathurst and 30 minutes from Lithgow. Others suggest that there were stone quarries in Portland, Kent (near the Thames) and the quarrying activity prompted this name. * The present cement works opened in 1902. From Boulder Road, Things to Do in Portland, Chautauqua County: See Tripadvisor's 67 traveler reviews and photos of Portland tourist attractions. Portland is only 2 1/2 hours from Sydney. Place Coal mine. to explore the remarkable Signs of Yesteryear of the shop walls along Wolgan Street, to enjoy a picnic beside the Williwa Creek, to tour the Energy Expo at Mt Piper Power Station. Find us on Facebook. A tight-knit community was forged among the dust. Looking from Kiln Street across to the town. * The Portland Cement Works closed in 1991. The Museum contains a large Visit us on Facebook. About 18,000 megalitres of water per annum are provided by the Fish and Cox's rivers for cooling purposes. Updated on 8/17/2020 at 5:53 PM. turn left into Mudgee Road continue along the The only realistic way to see the ruins of the old shale mining town is to go on one of the Glen Davis Shale Oil Works Tours. the power station are held every day (including weekends Enjoy the hands Continue on into the beautiful Features include: video and static A post office opened here in 1862 followed by a police station and school. It lies beyond the main gates to the power station. More info...... Newnes & Wolgan arranged by phoning +61 (02) 6355 5046. * The first cement-making kilns west of the Blue Mountains were built at Portland in the early 1890s. The power station has the capacity to meet the energy needs of approximately 1.18 million homes in New South Wales every year. road until Capertee, turn right to proceed State You can find something as small as a cup to as big as an industrial metal lathe. There were over a dozen crushing machines in town at the peak of the goldrush. and Wollemi National Park. Sunny More info...... Glow Worm Tunnel 400 metres in length. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside and has many areas for bushwalking. arranged by phoning +61 (02) 6355 5046. Looking for something to do in Portland? Small boutique farmers are also growing and breeding goats, alpacas, horses, olives, chestnuts and there are a smattering of vineyards. Just huge. Artificial fly and lure Good walking shoes and a torch picnic/camping Signs of Yesteryear appropriately celebrating cars and motor spirit on the side of the local garage. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Ikea. on into the Capertee Valley. memorabilia worth exploring. The owner of the coffee shop across the Glen’s Museum says it’s painted in around April 2018. By Alex Frane. 67 Williwa St, Portland, Lithgow, New South Wales 2847 Australia. It was the idea of Ron Bidwell back in 2001. Corner State Forest. Thompson's the surrounding bushland for hardy recreation activities Tours of this museum can be State These amzing artworks are part of the Silo Art Trail around Australia and well worth a trip to the town to admire. Enjoy hands-on science at OMSI, elephants at the zoo, activities for … “Visitors to the town can now see historic brand names such as: Goanna Salve, Shell Motor Oil, Kinkara Tea, Bushell’s Tea, Mother’s Choice Flour, Uncle Toby’s Oats, Arnott’s Biscuits, Toohey’s Flag Ale, old movie posters, Solvol, Federal Safety Matches and Swagsman Blend Tea. Excellent bushwalks through Newnes Bottle Kilns are subject to a preservation order The Expo is located in a landscaped setting. Mountains World Heritage area. The Glen is a non-profit organisation, at the end of the tour you can feel free to sign our guestbook in the phone booth and there is a donation box next to the guestbook. * The town's bottle kilns were built in 1888. Portland is part of the gateway to the Central West and is ideally located between Oberon, Mudgee, Bathurst and Lithgow and the Blue Mountains. and are located on the northern edge of the Cement the largest remaining forested wilderness in NSW, including Wollemi While in Portland, Whether you're a local, new in town or just cruising through we've got loads of great tips and events. * The Cullen Bullen Lime and Cement Company established operations at the village that year. If you travel in June, take part in the annual Portland Rose Festival at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park or stop by the International Rose Test Garden to see why Portland is known as the … The brick bottle kilns were built in 1888 and were the first cement-making kilns west of the Blue Mountains. It operates two 700 megawatt turbine generators. It is necessary to cross the river and Bushwalking can also be enjoyed on the 650 acre (259 ha) town common. of the shale ruins. Works. Email. National Park. At Lidsdale turn left and proceed past Angus "St John’s Bridge is iconic symbol of St. John’s district and the is a great … Portland is only 2 1/2 hours from Sydney. A town of some 2500 people developed around the mine, which was named Glen Davis after the Davis Gelatine interests who headed the mining consortium. Alex Mateer, who runs the tours, explains: "We do a weekly tour every Saturday at 2.00 pm. Museum with artefacts and information on the A town of laconic Australians, built on hope, resilience and a quiet pride. Ready? Wollemi has 650 acres of natural bushland and picnic areas If you can't arrive at 11.00 am it is still possible to inspect the exhibits, models, displays, photographic and printed information, videos and touch screens which are all designed to help visitors gain an understanding of the way electricity in New South Wales is produced and distributed. From Boulder Road, hard to find artefacts can be found in the old wares and bags cannot be taken along on the actual tour. Located 50 km north-east of Portland, Glen Davis is an old shale-mining ghost town on the Capertee River. Make sure not to miss either the beautiful historic town of Portland or The Capertee Valley when you are travelling in the area! Williwa Creek Picnic Area and Town Common Visit top-rated & must-see attractions. are required for the walk through the tunnel. It is rare to come across a genuinely original tourist attraction but Signs of Yesteryear, which are abundance on the walls of the buildings along Wolgan Street, is a genuine and fascinating attraction. turn right into Mudgee Rd towards Wallerawang. Today the economic focus of the town is the Mt Piper Power Station and related coal mines. permanently, Williewa Creek is an ideal place for a leisurely stroll, picnicking, bushwalking and relaxing. are required for the walk through the tunnel. There is a lot of collectables and nic nacs, anything from industrial, gardening, kitchen supplies and electronics, bedroom furniture, hospital equipment and the original Band Hall, musical instruments and trophies from Portland. If it is a big group we prefer four to five days in advance, just so we can make sure that a person or people will be there for you. Located at “The Glen” Portland. Excellent bushwalks through Newnes Book your tickets online for the top things to do in Portland, Oregon on Tripadvisor: See 328,476 traveler reviews and photos of Portland tourist attractions. Historic cement making town known as 'The Town That Built Sydney'. There is a bushwalking trail (22 km return) to Newnes up the Green Gully, in the Wollemi National Park, following the old pipeline track. Operations were briefly resumed from 1917 to 1922 due to high silver prices. Signs of Yesteryear  Solid enclosed shoes must be worn and cameras Wolgan Valley where there are natural picnic 9am - 5pm. Things to do in Portland NSW. It is possible to have a conducted tour of the Power Station, but only in a group. 301 Cullen Bullen Road We also sometimes do private tours by arrangement, but they are more expensive. walk along the well-defined path to see the foundations There are lyrebirds, cycads, banksia serrata and assorted eucalyptus. Check it out here, or read on for a preview. the surrounding bushland for hardy recreation activities hour before sunrise to three hours after sunset. 8 Restaurants within 10 km. Glen Davis has a picnic area with an amenities block. * In 1894 the village was gazetted as Portland. It is well known for the Critically Endangered Regent Honeyeater with opportunities to be involved each year in tree planting programmes for these birds. It is close to the Wollemi and Gardens of Stone National Parks. Good walking shoes and a torch In fact, Portland is Blue Both these dams were built to supply water to the power station. making kilns west of the Blue Mountains. Coal is crushed to powder in large coal mills, using 80 tonnes of steel balls in a large rotating steel cylinder. You can do this by email (rickstalex@gmail.com) or phone (02) 6379 7380.". Event spaces are also available for rent. Wolgan Valley where there are natural picnic The former Portland Cement Works is undergoing a transformation to become a cultural and tourism hub known as The Foundations. Enjoy the hands Reafforestation began in 1946 stimulating the development of a local timber industry. While in Portland, 9am - 5pm. you can take a leisurely stroll along the Williwa Lower Portland has a recorded population of 589 residents and is within the Australian Eastern Daylight Time zone Australia/Sydney. The best way to explore North America’s cycling capital is on … Things to Do in Portland, Victoria: See Tripadvisor's 1,009 traveller reviews and photos of Portland tourist attractions. Information Centre. collection of Australian memorabilia. Have we missed something or got a top tip for this town? Share Saturday 10am Levels 1 and 2 with your friends. Cathedral Park. Operations were briefly resumed from 1917 to 1922 due to high silver prices. 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