Towns in Australia

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Port Albert VIC

Port Albert

Postcode: 3971

Port Albert is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia, located on Yarram – Port Albert Road, 120 kilometres south-east of Morwell, 238 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, in the Wellington Shire. The town has an approximate population of 250.

Port Albert was one of the earliest ports established in Victoria. In 1841 the Gippsland Company investigated the area following favourable reports from explorer Angus McMillan.

It became the administrative centre of Gippsland and a transport hub for cargo between Melbourne and Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania), thanks to its 250 metre timber jetty. As the Victorian Gold Rush began in the 1850s, traffic through Port Albert increased, bringing prospectors from Europe and China. This further added to Port Albert’s prosperity.

Today the town acts as a commercial fishing port, and is popular for fishers and surfers. The town hosts a fishing competition each March.