The Sea Sherpa North Shore Challenge is Victoria’s premier offshore kayak fishing competition, taking place on Saturday, 28 January 2017 (the Australia Day weekend). South Aussies and Vic’s will be making the trip to Portland to battle it out on the water and hook some kingies. There is over $3,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, as well as bragging rights of course.
Since you’re coming down to the North Shore Challenge, why not take the Friday off and make the most of a 4 day weekend by checking out the sights around Portland. Whether you’re coming alone, with your mates or the family, there’s loads to do. Here are 5 things to do in Portland over the North Shore Challenge weekend.
Have a meal at Café Bahloo
All North Shore Challenge entrants will receive a free coffee voucher for Café Bahloo in their welcome packs. Café Bahloo has 4.5 stars on Zomato and is a must stop place for breakfast and brunch. The “Big Bahloo Brekkie” will hit the spot after the comp, with twice baked bacon, poached eggs, wilted spinach, sautéed mushy’s, baked beans, chorizo & roasted tomato on organic sourdough toast. It’s also open every Friday and Saturday night from September through to March and is a licensed venue. More info
Visit the Cape Nelson Lighthouse
Visit one of the oldest operational lighthouses in Australia. Tours of the precinct are conducted every day at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Cape Nelson Lighthouse’s tour guides have extensive knowledge of both the history of the precinct itself and the maritime history of the region. There’s also a café on premises serving coffee and cake. More info
Take a scenic tour on the Portland cable trams
Hop on and off at the various attractions along the way or complete the whole trip at once in about an hour. The Portland cable tram is operated by passionate volunteers full of local knowledge. The trams depart the Portland depot at 10am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm and 3pm. More info
Tired of fish? How about strawberries?
If you caught too much fish at the North Shore Challenge and want to mix things up, Portland Strawberries is a family run business and have some of the best strawberries you will find in Australia. Grown with love these berries are always juicy and lush with so much flavour. You can buy them from the store, along with other goodies, or pick your own. Strawberry picking is always a winner with the family. More info
Give those arms a rest and stretch your legs
The Great South West Walk is a bush-walking trail suitable for most ages and abilities comprising short 2 hour loop walks, full day walks, or for the intrepid, the whole 250km loop that begins and ends at the Maritime Discovery and Visitor Information Centre in Portland. Whether you take on a shorter walk or the entire journey, you will see stunning views of ocean, cliffs and if you’re lucky, the odd whale. More info
As you can see, there’s no excuse not to have an awesome weekend down in Portland over the Aussie Day weekend. To sign up for the North Shore Challenge, follow this link. Don’t forget to book your accommodation as spots will fill quickly.