PORT ALBERT

Port Albert is a small town and a short diversion off the southern coastal route between Yarram and Foster. The diversion is well worth the effort. Port Albert is an historic and heritage town. There is some fascinating early history to discover.

Port Albert is a coastal town of Corner Inlet Port Albert had a population of 248.

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. In May of that year the first settlers arrived.

Initially the area was known as Seabank or Old Port, but was changed to New Leith when the town started developing, and later changed to Alberton and Port Albert in honour of Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the husband of Queen Victoria.

The Post Office opened on 1 November 1842 as Alberton (it was renamed Port Albert in 1856) and was the fourth to open in the Port Phillip District.

As the Victorian Gold Rush began in the 1850s, traffic through Port Albert increased, bringing prospectors from Europe and China, many of whom were headed for the Dargo goldfields. This further added to Port Albert's prosperity.

During the 1870s and 1880s, Gippsland was gradually settled, and connected to the railway network. This reduced Port Albert's role as an important transport hub, and the population subsequently decreased.

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

The Port Albert Hotel is located next to the port activities.

The Port Albert Museum is at the cross roads of the township. Be sure to visit this fabulous museum.

The congregational churches are all represented in Port Albert. The Anglican has some interesting history.

The Port Albert War Memorial is a modest acknowledgement opposite the museum.

When visiting Port Albert take the time to take in the old mariner relics scattered throughout the town.

 

 

  Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
  Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
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Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
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Scenic Swimming
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Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
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  Hang Gliding   Golf Course