One of the most southerly towns on the Australian mainland with a population of approx 250 full time residents Port Welshpool is the only natural deep sea port east of Western Port Bay.
Sheltered from most weather by Wilsons Promontory, Big Snake and Little Snake Islands, the port is at the entrance to Corner Inlet and offers good views of the Prom.
The base for a local fishing fleet fishing mainly for shark, the Port is well known for its rich fishing grounds.
Launch your boat from the concrete ramp provided and remember it is a good idea to seek local advice before venturing out, especially if you do not know these waters.
Recreational fishermen are well catered for with two jetties to sit and while away the time, usually the result being a nice catch of fish.
The Port is serviced by a hotel, like other pubs in the area boasts fresh seafood - if they can't provide it you might as well give up! There is also a supermarket/general store
The Long Jetty Caravan Park caters for families and boats.
Two of the biggest ships to enter Port Welshpool came in one very rough night in 1914. HMAS Australia accompanied by a Destroyer sought shelter.
While in Port Welshpool call in and have a look at the Maritime Museum open weekends, public holidays and by appointment call Dave Voce on 03 5688 1220 to arrange your visit-there is a small admittance charge.
The Museum houses rare and valuable maritime articles, nautical specimens, maps, shells and curiosities of all kinds. The collection fills several rooms of the 120 year old residence which was once owned by Arnie Smith, who along with his father and two brothers, fished the waters of Corner Inlet for more than 80 years.
Amongst the fish collection is a four foot Opah, a strange visitor from the Mediterranean which somehow found its way into the waters of Bass Strait and was caught by Mr Smith senior in 1913.
Wildlife Coast Cruises based on Phillip Island conduct regular tours of Wilsons Promontory from October to April. Cruises leave from the Port Welshpool jetty.
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A sleepy country town 192ks from Melbourne and 25ks from Foster on the South Gippsland Highway, Welshpool is situated in the middle of flat farm land between the Strrzelecki Ranges to the north and Bass Strait 6ks away at Port Welshpool.
The town boasts a hotel/motel with plenty of boat or caravan parking . Counter meals are served 7 days a week with fresh local seafood a speciality.
Other facilities include a supermarket, service station, post office which doubles as the info centre, art and craft is abundant in the immediate vicinity, bowls, golf, tennis and basketball are allcatered for in this small town.
Stop for a while a head down to the Port for a spot of fishing.