Port Fairy offers incredible ocean views, river views, award-winning restaurants, a range of accommodation, Links golf course, boutique shopping, delightful beaches and picturesque natural attractions, together with the internationally recognised Port Fairy Folk Festival each March.
Explore Griffith’s Island and Port Fairy Lighthouse
Griffiths Island with its colony of shearwater seabirds, winding pathways and the spectacular lighthouse at the eastern tip, is a great place to explore.
A short walk along the causeway from Martin’s Point gets you onto the island. Dogs are not allowed on the island and visitors are urged to stick to the walking tracks, which wind through the low lying scrub. Nesting birds, including the shearwater’s that migrate from the northern hemisphere each year, create burrows for their young hidden in the sand and it’s important these nests aren’t disturbed by wandering sightseers.
The Island was name Griffiths after John Griffiths, who established Port Fairy’s whaling industry on the island in the 1830’s. No trace of this activity can be found today.
Port Fairy Lighthouse
The lighthouse – c.1859 and built of local bluestone – stands sentinel on the eastern tip of the island and still sends its light out to sea. These days it’s a solar powered light with a wind assisted generator. The lighthouse keepers’ cottages were demolished in the 1950s; however, their gardens live on with many hardy plants flowering in the appropriate season.
Mutton Birds on Griffith’s Island – Sept – April
One of Port Fairy’s most spectacular summer sights is the arrival of the mutton birds, or short-tailed shearwaters, at sunset each day on Griffith Island.
Towards the end of September each year the annual migration of the short-tailed shearwaters, or mutton birds, arrives on Griffiths Island from their far flung journey in the northern hemisphere. The birds spend the summer months here, raising their young, before setting off again in mid-April
The wonderful Tower Hill Game Reserve. A nature reserve in a dormant volcano, Tower Hill is alive with natural wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, emus and wallabies. There are loads of walking tracks and the barbecue and picnic facilities create an idealic setting for a relaxing day.
Tower Hill is a dormant volcano and fascinating geological landform that will take you back some 25,000 years in time to the active volcanic era in the region, the different layers of rock and ash can easily be seen as you enter the reserve. The crater edge of Tower Hill provides excellent viewing areas of the lakes and cones within the crater and a picturesque, sweeping view to the nearby coastline.
Take time to walk on some of the established trails and visit the information centre located within the reserve to learn more about the natural environment of Tower Hill. The centre has been redeveloped by local indigenous organisation Worn Gundidj, which now provides a range of bush foods and indigenous activities at Tower Hill. More information can be found at www.worngundidj.org.au
Entry to the park is free with the entrance easily located on the Princes Highway, midway between Port Fairy and Warrnambool. The park is open every day, dogs (or pets of any kind) are not permitted in the park and there is no camping permitted in the reserve. .
Port Fairy Community Market
Held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, the community party has anywhere between 25 and 80 stalls selling crafts, plants, food and local produce, jewellery and many other items.
Location : Port Fairy Village Green, corner Sackville and Bank Streets, Port Fairy
Port Fairy Farmers Market
The monthly farmers market is held on the 3rd Saturday of the month and highlights produce from local farmers including fruit, vegetables, flowers and honey in season, plants, baking, eggs and much more.
Location : Village Green, cnr Sackville & Bank Streets, Port Fairy
Ramellas Café Restaurant
ADDRESS: 19 Bank Street, Port Fairy, 3284
PHONE: (03) 5568 3322
Freshly prepared mouth watering dishes with a Mediterranean influence. Specialty teas, fantastic coffee and scrumptious cakes available any time. Wireless internet available. Open everyday 9.30am until late.
Rebecca’s Café & Icecreamery
ADDRESS: 70 – 72 Sackville Street, Port Fairy, 3284
PHONE: (03) 5568 2533
Trendy, modern, Australian hearty meals. The most fantastic cakes, slices and delicious ice-cream. Open for a delicious breakfast from 7am or an after beach coffee until 6pm. Icecreamery open for extended hours over summer.
Explore Port Fairy’s Art Galleries
Be moved by the very talented artists who use Moyne as their inspiration. The calibre of their work – across a variety of mediums – will entice, excite and inspire you.
Walking tour of Port Fairy artists
The Art Walk Map guides the visitor on a unique arts focused tour of Port Fairy, visiting 11 galleries and working studios. Each is clearly marked on the map and information on the features of each venue and opening hours is included.
This is a wonderful experience, walking past historic cottages and well-kept gardens to meet local artists, seeing work in progress and viewing an exceptional standard of art in the galleries.
The map can be picked up at the VIC or any Gallery in town or it can also be downloaded here.
Moyneyana Festival – Christmas Eve to Australia Day – Family Festival – Lots of Free entertainment.
Port- Fairy Folk Festival Internationally Acclaimed – Labour Day Weekend March
Koroit Irish Festival – Late April
The township of Koroit celebrates its Irish heritage with a weekend of music and dancing during the last weekend in April each year.
Situated on the northern slopes of the dormant Tower Hill volcano, the township of Koroit has been recognised as one of the most complete examples of an early Irish settlement in Australia. In the 1840s and 1850s Irish immigrants fleeing the great potato famine, were encourage to settle as tenant farmers and soon outnumbered other settlers in the area, who were mainly Scottish and English.
Port Fairy Winter Weekends – June & July
The Port Fairy Winter Weekends Festival is 2 weekends this year – June and July. The Festival was established five years ago to boost tourism to the town and surrounding region. The Festival aims to showcase Port Fairy as a romantic and dynamic all-year round destination.
Ex Libris – Port Fairy Festival of Words
This Festival of Words known as The Ex Libris Book Fair is a celebration of writing, books and literature inspired by the Welsh “bookshop” village of Hay on Wye. Held each September this festival encourages people of all ages and tastes to come and share in the delight of books and the art of writing.
Port Fairy Spring Music Festival
The Port Fairy Spring Music Festival was created in 1990 by the late British/ Australian composer Michael Easton ARAM and the pianist Len Vorster and has been staged as an annual regional music festival since then. The current Festival Director is Anna Goldsworthy, the distinguished Australian pianist and writer.
The festival presents classical and contemporary ensemble music in fresh and collaborative programming. It combines the talents of highly regarded established artists with the very best of Australia’s new and emerging young performers and composers.
The program also features drama, orchestral and choral music, jazz, opera, dance and free open air performance are included in a program of 24 performances over three days. Concerts are generally an hour long and designed especially for the Festival. http://www.portfairyspringfest.com.au
Rest and Relax
Belfast Aquatics Gym & Indoor Heated Pool
Even on the coldest winter days there’s somewhere for a good splash in Port Fairy.
Facilities and services cater for a range of ages and abilities, with an emphasis on improving the fitness and lifestyle of Port Fairy residents and visitors.
The centre provides Learn to Swim programs, Water Aerobics, Aquafit, Deep Water Running, Spin Cycle, Body Fit, Strength training and Group Sessions.
Campbell Street, Port Fairy
Telephone: 03 5568 1986
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 6.30am-7pm, Fri. 6.30am-12noon, Fri-School hols 6.30am-7pm, Sat. 8am-6pm, Sun. and public hols. 10am-6pm
For water classes time table please call the pool on 03 5568 1986
Port Fairy Day Spa
ADDRESS: 56 Bank St, Port Fairy, 3284
PHONE: +61 3 5568 1161
FAX: +61 3 5568 2131
Experienced staff, a picturesque location and exceptional facilities create an indulgent and relaxing environment at the Port Fairy Day Spa. Our five-star facilities feature an indoor hydrotherapy pool, dual Geisha tubs, pedispa, large gift shop with an extensive range of bathers and seven wet/dry rooms, including a dual room. Come and let us pamper you, you will be so glad you decided to visit.
Port Fairy Golf Links
This par 72 course is consistently ranked within the 25 best public access courses in Australia, this classic links style course winds it’s way through unspoilt sand dunes and provides spectacular views of the Southern Ocean. The course is open to the public with visitors most welcome bookings for golf are essential.
Golf / Pro Shop 03 5568 2866
Club House 03 5568 1654
ADDRESS: Martin’s Point end of wharf, Port Fairy, 3284
PHONE: +61 3 408 514 382 / +61 3 5568 1790
ALL ABOARD… Join Captain Jane, daughter Zoe, Miley the dog and crew aboard the Mulloka for a fun, informative and scenic half hour bay cruise around the Port Fairy Bay. Fun for the kids as they get to be captain and receive a certificate after having a turn at the wheel. Bookings are advisable so please call Jane to arrange your cruise time.
Port Fairy Taxis
Phone: 0419 764 983
Reliable Taxis Service for Port Fairy and the surrounding area. We can also provide charter transport for up to 10 people with a driver/guide to surrounding destinations. A Maxi Taxi service is also available for wheelchair clients.
Decked Out On Bank
For all seasons. For all occasions. From everyday apparel to formal dressing and accessorising Decked Out On Bank is the place. With four rooms of clothing with brands like Jump, Aero, Duchamp, Clothing Company, Gordon Smith, Marco Polo, Black Apple, Black Pepper, Mr K dresses and plus size labels, what more could any woman want? Groovy bags and funky accessories, gorgeous scarves and fascintators are also plentiful. Indulge. Enjoy…
Periwinkle Antiques offers an eclectic mix of interesting antique pieces. Small furniture, collectable china, sterling silver and glassware. We also carry a selection of small collectable items such as sewing implements, perfume bottles, toys and jewellery. We open Thursday -Sunday inclusive and extended hours over holiday periods
25A Bank Street, Port Fairy,
VIC 3284 Australia
Telephone: (03) 5568 1237
A little touch of Ireland … COLLECTABLES … Antiques of the future.
Fine Silver Jewellery in Celtic and Traditional Designs.
A touch of the Ocean with NAUTICAL SOUVENIERS.
Wander in serene surroundings to New Age & Celtic Music. Where the unusual is usual…
Visit Wonderful Warrnambool
Warrnambool has a dramatic location on a plateau behind a steep bluff, defined by rivers to the east and west, overlooking sheltered LadyBay. There are interesting historical buildings and attractive streetscapes, but perhaps the biggest surprise is the range of superb beaches right at the city’s front door.
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, a fascinating historic precinct that includes the state heritage listed Lady Bay Lighthouse, Warrnambool Garrison and a 1870s coastal port with an entire town. Winner of 4 Victorian Tourism Awards in the past 5 years it a not to be missed part of Warrnambool heritage.
Great Shopping – Both Large and Small Stores
Warrnambool has a vibrant shopping precinct with some particularly good clothes shops, perhaps a legacy of the city’s s connection to Fletcher Jones and high-quality clothing.
There is a good selection of interesting restaurants and cafes, particularly at the south end of Liebig St. The arts precinct, including an excellent regional gallery, is also at the south end of Liebig St.
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum
The Shipwreck Coast of Victoria has a rich maritime history. The spectacular coastline is the final resting place of over 180 wrecks along our beautiful and wild coastline.
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village is a maritime museum with Australia’s richest shipwreck collection, all contained in an 1870’s village located on a state heritage listed overlooking Lady Bay. The village provide a glimpse into the maritime lifestyles and trades of the 1870’s era, the peak of Australia’s maritime heritage.
Extensive indoor galleries and the outdoor maritime heritage precinct make for a highlight of your journey on the Great Ocean Road. www.flagstaffhill.com
The May Racing Carnival
This annual three day is action packed and attracts around 35,000 patrons from local, national and international markets. www.warrnamboolracing.com.au
Fun4Kids Australia’s Greatest Kid’s Festival June – July
This annual three day is action packed and attracts around 35,000 patrons from local, national and international markets. Enjoy an exceptional and inspiring line-ups of high quality live performances, theatre, film, dance, storytelling, high energy activities and interactive workshops that will leave you and your family spellbound. http://www.fun4kids.com.au/
Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground is a year-round family attraction. It’s a 20 hectare adventure playground and a paradise for kids. There are giant slides, flying foxes, a maze and boat rides. Everyone can enjoy the lovely walking tracks around the lakes, and the park features delightful picnic areas and sheltered BBQ facilities.
The Lake Pertobe precinct is also home to lawn tennis courts, mini golf, an athletics track and there’s a nearby skateboard park.
Allansford Cheese World
ADDRESS: 5330 Great Ocean Road, Allansford
PHONE: (03) 5565 3190
Allansford Cheese World is situated on the Great Ocean Road 45 minutes from the 12 Apostles and 15 minutes from the coastal city of Warrnambool. Cheese World promotes the local dairy industry through tasting and sales of award-winning cheddar cheeses, produced just across the road at the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory.