Mac's Hotel Portland

We are located across the road from the beach and within walking distance to the town centre. Portland was the site of Victoria's first permanent settlement in 1834 and as such, offers guests a place of historical discovery with over 200 buildings within the town classified by the National Trust. The Quality Hotel Bentinck resides on the doorstep of the famous Great South West Walk and the Saint Mary McKillop Camino Walk, providing visitors the opportunity to experience some of the most beautiful sights in Australia. The hotel is located amongst the best cafe and dining attractions in Portland and the foreshore markets and festivals are just across the road. For water enthusiasts, the boat ramps are close by, and the hotel offers on-site boat parking.

Guests can indulge in the rich history and natural beauty of the Portland region. The town is home to the Port of Portland and is surrounded by National, State and Marine Parks. The Great South West Walk is a 250-kilometre walking track starting and finishing in Portland and visitors can also experience the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape. Portland is popular with whale watchers between the months of June and October, when the region becomes a stop off point for Southern Right and Humpback whales on their annual migration. Other nearby attractions include the Portland Maritime Museum, Historic Portland Cable Tram, the Cape Nelson Lighthouse, the Portland Art Centre and the exquisite Portland Botanical Gardens.

Mac's Hotel Portland - a short history...

In 1855, construction of the Mac's Hotel commenced after Hector MacDonald purchased the land for two thousand pounds
($4000). The first stage of the hotel was completed in February 1856. Three years later, in 1859, Hector MacDonald passed away,
and the licence was transferred.

The hotel was advertised for sale in 1875, after the bar building was completed and access could be gained from the front verandah. John Robertson purchased it soon after, for three thousand two hundred pounds ($6400).

Further building additions started in 1878, with the Admella Room, costing two thousand three hundred pounds ($4600).

The room was a local landmark, with drawings of sailing ships on the windows. (These were lost in the renovations in 1996).

In 1890 balconies were built and in 1909, they were used as additional accommodation when the main accommodation quarters were full.

Over the 140 years the Mac's Hotel has been in existence, there have been many changes of owners and licensees. The hotel was bought by the Richmond Henty Hotel Pty Ltd in 1980 and gaming machines were installed in 1995. (no longer here today)

Commencing in 1996, there have been many changes made to the hotel and fourteen units in the accommodation section have been renovated and refurbished.


Mac's Hotel Portland
41 Bentinck Street,
Portland, Victoria, 3305
P: +61 3 5523 2188