Portland with a population of approx. 12,000 is a major deep-sea port on Victoria's south-west coast, 360 kilometres west of Melbourne. Portland is an exporting centre for produce and its economy is supported by an aluminium smelter, fertiliser and fishing industry and woolstores.
Victoria is Australia's second smallest State and covers only 3% of Australia's land area but has the second highest population of all States and Territories. Victoria's mainland and islands have a total length of 2,512 kilometres coastline which is about 4.2% of Australia's 59,736 kilometres of coastline. Australia is the driest inhabited continent and Victoria is no exception although the state capital Melbourne has the reputation to have 4 seasons in one day. Victoria is located in the southeast of mainland Australia and includes the most southern point on mainland Australia at Wilsons Promontory National Park.