Portsea is seaside town in Metropolitan Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula.
- Area:11.328 km2
- Elevation:15 m
- Local Government Area:Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
Portsea is seaside town in Metropolitan Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula. It is located approximately 95 kilometres (59 mi) south-west of the Melbourne CBD, on the opposite side of Port Phillip Bay. The suburb is located on the bay itself, but the locality boundaries stretch as far west as Point Nepean and incorporate a section of Bass Strait coastline. Portsea is the westernmost town on the Mornington Peninsula, and lies adjacent to Sorrento. It has one of the highest average incomes in Australia.
Portsea is named after Portsea Island which is an island incorporated by Portsmouth, England. Portsmouth is where the first settlers to Australia set sail from. Portsea Post Office opened on 10 February 1877 and closed in 1987.OCS Portsea, an army establishment, was located just outside the town. The historic reserve became famous when Prime Minister of Australia Harold Holt disappeared while swimming inside the facility at Cheviot Beach on 17 December 1967 and was officially presumed dead two days later, although a formal inquest into his death did not take place until 2005.
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