Lower Portland

Lower Portland
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83kms   ·  85 mins by car

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Lower Portland is located approximately 80 kilometres northwest of the Sydney CBD in the Shire of Baulkham Hills.

Lower Portland was named after William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, and Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1783, and 1807- 1809. The name was first used in 1805, and almost certainly seems associated with the story that a rock on the plateau above the headland resembled the Duke of Portland (He was no doubt popular with the ladies!). Lower Portland was the area settled downstream from Portland Head.

This riverside town remains a peaceful escape from city life. The River Road drive is a must for a relaxing day out.

The original inhabitants of the Lower Portland area were the Darug people. The Darug were the custodians of the majority of what is now the Greater Sydney region. They were divided into a number of different ‘clans’, whose quick demise upon European settlement has sadly resulted in very little information remaining on how the local area was utilised.

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