Located in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales (and part of the gateway to the Central West) is the town of Portland. It was named after the first cement works in Australia, which was established in the town in 1902.
Tourists often choose cheap accommodation in Portland to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The town represents the very best of country living and is popular with families, couples and individuals looking for a change of pace.
As the region is known for art and galleries, choosing a hotel in Portland gives you the perfect excuse to explore them at leisure. The Sandra Laroche Longwood Studio is open Friday to Sunday and during holidays; she exhibits both her own and friends’ work. The Old Wallerawang Station Art Gallery actually comprises three separate galleries showcasing an eclectic collection.
The region is also popular amongst bushwalkers, campers, fishermen and nature enthusiasts alike. Those choosing budget motels in Portland often take the opportunity to explore the surrounding countryside, including: Sunny Corner State Forest, Wollemi National Park, Thompson’s Creek Dam, Newnes & Wolgan Valley, Williwa Creek picnic area and Glen Davis (to name a few).
When it comes to choosing motel accommodation in Portland, you will be spoilt for choice. There is a variety of options available, ensuring that your needs (from additional beds to cooking facilities) are met with ease.
Whether you are travelling with the whole family, a group of friends, your significant other or by yourself, we are sure to have a hotel in Portland to meet your needs. It is important that you are comfortable to enjoy your stay.
We can also assist with accommodation for those just passing through and those planning on spending a few days in the region. We understand that each type of traveler will have different needs and aim to meet these wherever possible.
Most visitors to hotels in Portland choose to drive; it’s only a 2 and a half hour drive over the Blue Mountains from Sydney. Nearby cities are also close; the town is around 40 minutes from Bathurst and 30 minutes from Lithgow.
If you would prefer to catch public transport, City Rail (if travelling from Sydney) and CountryLink (if travelling from a regional area, such as Bathurst or Orange) operate services to Lithgow on a daily basis. You will need to disembark the train in Lithgow and take a coach the rest of the way.
Some local bus services operate to and from motel accommodation in Portland; they are an ideal way of getting to the surrounding towns with a car. Taxis are also available, however, most will have to come up from Lithgow.
Whether you’re just passing through or are in town for the weekend, there are a number of attractions surrounding cheap accommodation in Portland to keep you entertained. There is also plenty to do in the surrounding area.
If you’re interested in the history of the area, visit The Glen Museum (which has a large collection of Australian memorabilia), the Historic Bottle Kilns (built in the 1890’s), the various Signs of Yesteryear scattered around the town (such as Arnotts and Bushell’s), and the many historic buildings.
For visitors more interested in events and festivals, the Portland Art Exhibition is held on the first weekend of March each year, the Great Aussie Pie Challenge is held each Australia Day, and the Spring Fair is held each October.
Those who choose budget motels in Portland might also be interested in visiting some of the other attractions in the area, including the Mt Piper Power Station (open daily and with grounds suitable for picnics) and the Glowworm Tunnel (which is part of the railway that once hauled shale from the mines).
If you have the time, we also recommend a daytrip to Sunny Corner, a nearby historic gold mining village. The area is quite popular for trail biking, rally cars and four wheel driving, with events held regularly.
Most hotels in Portland will offer basic cooking facilities at a minimum, however, there are plenty of pubs and cafes in the region for you to sample the local cuisine if you wish. This is ideal if you are after good, hearty fare.