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In & Around Port Fairy

Port Fairy is an historic seaside / coastal village that sits on the end of the famous Great Ocean Road. Not only do the locals and those visiting recognise how incredible it is, Port Fairy has also been recognised nationally as being voted Victoria's Number 1 Tourist Destination and Australia's Fourth Most Popular, recognised by industry magazine 'Australian Traveller' in its '100 Best Towns In Australia' edition.

Port Fairy has many things to offer many people and depending on how long you are visiting for will determine how much you get out of your experience. From ocean and river views, award winning restaurants and a range of accommodation available with the team at Hearn's, we are certain you will enjoy your time away.

Keep scrolling further down the page to view some special words from local chief tourism officer and many different places to see and do in and Port Fairy.


A message from Andrea, chief tourism officer at Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre...

Port Fairy is many different things to many people but to those of us who live here it is a ‘magical’ place.

Our little village is bordered on two sides by the sea, so the ocean is an integral part of our being. It has long sustained us by providing its bounty to our earliest inhabitants and continues to provide for those who fish its waters today.

The balmy breezes from the sea cool us after the hottest day and the safe waters of the bay are a delight for young and old, whatever the time of year.

The built heritage of our town will surprise and delight you. The wide tree-lined streets feature many historic buildings which firmly anchor us to the past. Many have been converted to B&Bs or restaurants and others remain as prized family homes.

As in many country towns there seems to be an old pub on every corner, still offering true country hospitality to visitors who drop
in for refreshment. Our restaurants and cafés will entice with innovative menus, fine local produce, tempting cakes and great coffee.

We are sure you will love our town and our region, which also contains some of Australia’s wildest coastline and best National and State Parks.


Check out this YouTube Video from @ BigKidToys adventure to Port Fairy, The Crags & Windfarm...


 
 

MOYNE RIVER / WHARF AREA
Port Fairy's waterfront looks like a postcard. The Moyne River's still waters reflect mostly still images of the fishing fleet, pleasure craft, lovely stone buildings and towering Norfolk pines.

A stroll along the historic wharf and waterfront reveals much about the town and its fascinating history. This lively area is often joined with fishing fleet is often joined by shark, squid and scallop boats, depending on the season & time of year.

 

GRIFFITHS ISLAND
Griffiths Island is scenic 400-metre walk that leads to the eastern tip of the beach with the historic Port Fairy lighthouse and the end. The 11-metre bluestone tower stands over the rugged rocky shore where the Southern / Eastern Ocean meets & breaks. The Griffiths Island Lighthouse was built in 1859 by Scottish stonemasons out of bluestone. The unique stairway is cut with each step being, inserted in the next course of stone in the outside wall. - The lighthouse is a must see whilst in Port Fairy, tours are available only at certain times of year (see the vistor information centre for more information)

 

BATTERY HILL & THE POWDER MAGAZINE
The hill first served as the Harbour Master's signal point for shipping. Local militia units established the gun batteries and built the concrete fortifications that were completed in 1887. The cannons collection of such weapons is exceptional. The bluestone powder magazine was built in 1860 to store explosives used in the construction of the river wall. This area is great for a picnic or BBQ by the river.

 

WALKING TOURS
There are over 70 buildings of historic significance in and around Port Fairy. The best way to appreciate this legacy is on foot & sometimes by guided tour. Self guided walking maps are available at the Visitor Centre, or you can arrange pre booked guided tours for groups.

Just contact the local Visitor Information Centre to find out how!

  GALLERIES
Blarney Books an Art | 37 James St | (03) 5568 2174
Eclectic Designs Glass Blowing Studio | 62 Regent St | (03) 5568 2794
MS Wilma Preston | 41 Regent St | (03) 5568 3100
Kathryn Weatherly | 51 William Street(entrance off Regent Street) | 03) 5568 2392
Limestone Gallery | 506 Princes Hwy | 03) 5568 3241
Risk Studio | 4 Osmonds Ln | (03) 5568 3230
Rubbleberry's | 53 Bank Street | 03) 5568 2000
Whale Bone Gallery | 39A Bank St | (03) 5568 2855
Wishart Gallery | 19 Sackville St | (03) 5568 2423
 

BELFAST AQUATICS - Community Pool & Fitness Centre
Want to keep up your fitness whilst on holiday's? Need to relax?

Visit Belfast Aquatics today! 98 Campbell Street | 5568 1986.
Equipped with heated pool at a toasty 30°; 25m - 4 lane pool for causal usage; Beach entry 0 - 1.2m; Spa jets for hydro therapy; Practical equipped gym; Cycle studio; Gym and Water classes; Personal Training; Memberships for both Gym and Pool available...and more!

Contact the team today to book a lane or to enquire about what they can offer.

 

PORT FAIRY GOLF LINKS

Port Fairy Golf Links is beautifully equipped with 18 holes that stretch along the  oceans edge. The greens and fairways are as picturesque as the ocean views beside. Enjoy a cool drink in the club house overlooking the course as you chat about your best drive of the day! Speak to Anthony / Joanne at the pro shop for tee off times or bookings.

Woodbine Road | (03) 5568 2866. Open Daily. - Ask the team at Hearn's about the disocunted green fees we can offer you!

  SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALES
Southern Right Whales are a masisve attraction to Port Fairy's seaside. They can be seen in increasing numbers off one of the many beaches in Port Fairy each year from June to October. Southern Right Whales come into the area each and every year to mate and calve. They can be spotted nursing their young, waving their pectoral fins in the air and breaching. The locals sometimes think they're showing off to the crowds that flock nearby. They can also be often spotted in Warrnambool from the whale watching area. Ask the local tourist information centre for more info.
  THE RAIL TRAIL
Covering approximately 37kms of rural countryside, the Port Fairy - Warrnambool Rail Trail provides a great fitness  or family bonding opportunity. Best suited to those adventurous families and amateur / keen cyclists, this is the perfect place to get on the bike and explore off the beaten track.
 

KOROIT
Koroit is a small historic town 18km northeast from Port Fairy that boasts that old school Irish Charm. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Koroit gardens or wander down town through many of the historic buildings. Although it may be a small town, it does provide special stories with beautiful history to those who visit.

The Koroit Irish music festival is held each year in April and provides a great variety of music for all to enjoy.

 

TOWER HILL
Towel Hill State Game Reserve is to the east of Port Fairy. This is a rare example of a nested maar volcano that was declared Victoria's first National Park in 1892.

Tours are available with indigenous guides and can be undertaken as themed walks such as bush food walk and evening walks where spotting nocturnal animals is the highlight. Picnic facilities are available also, along with an interpretive centre with several walking trails making this a 'must do' activity in the area.

 

YAMBUK LAKES & YAMBUK HOTEL
Just 16km west from Port Fairy sits the Yambuk Lake & historic hotel. Enjoy a picnic by one of the many picturesque lakes, or a relaxing stroll along the beach near the large and infamous Yambuck Slide!

The Yambuk Hotel also provides a traditional country counter meal with all the great country flavours.

 

THE CRAGS
Sitting at only 12kms west from Port Fairy, The Crags provides panoramic views that stretch along Port Fairy's sweeping coastline. With views to Lady Julia Percy Island where the sea colony forms, this rugged stretch of coastline contrasts from the swimming beaches and bays in Port Fairy.

 

CODRINGTON WIND FARM
This is the first and at the time of construction, largest wind farm in Victoria, and is located in a magnificent setting. A leisurely twenty minute journey from Port Fairy west along the Princes Highway will bring you to the roadside car-park and the Wind Farm. It is an understatement to say that they are impossible to miss!