is only 2 1/2 hours from Sydney. It is an easy 40 minutes
Bathurst and 30 minutes from Lithgow.
The town is of interest as an historic mining town and as the place of the first
cement works in Australia, which was
opened in 1902. Cement produced at the Portland cement works helped build the
city of Sydney and the cement was shipped around Australia until the works closed
Portland is part of the gateway to the Central West and is ideally located
between Oberon, Mudgee, Bathurst and Lithgow and the Blue Mountains. The town
is surrounded by beautiful countryside and has many areas for bushwalking.
It is close to the Wollemi and Gardens
of Stone National Parks.
Portland is a mecca for people wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of
the city to enjoy the surrounding countryside. Wander along the streets of
Portland and enjoy shopping in stores where many hard to find artefacts can
be found in the old wares shops and galleries. Also worth exploring is the
Charlie Pinch Museum, which contains a large collection of Australian memorabilia.
While in Portland enjoy a picnic in the Town Common,
take a leisurely stroll along the Williwa Creek, or simply relax in the quiet
and peaceful surroundings.
The Portland Town Common has 650 acres of natural bushland and picnic areas
and is ideal for bushwalks. In fact, Portland is one of very few country towns
left with a Town Common.
In 2001 Ron Bidwell, a signwriter by trade, together
with his fellow “Letterheads” recreated vintage signs dating from 1895 to 1945 on
local shop walls. Take
a trip back in time and come and see historic brand names such as: Goanna
Salve, Arnotts Famous Biscuits, Toohey’s Ale, Uncle Toby’s Oats,
Kinkara Tea, Mother's Choice Flour, Bushell’s Tea, Solvol, Federal
Safety Matches and Swagman Blend Tea.