Port Fairy Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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Port Fairy Highlights

  • Pro
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     Historic, pretty 

  • Con
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     a little off the beaten track and forgotten 

  • In a nutshell
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     Worth a visit no doubt 

Port Fairy Things to Do

  • Port Fairy Folk Festival - variety of...

    Port Fairy Folk Festival - Key Facts Held in March each yearA major Australian International Music Festival Regarded as one of the worlds Top 5 Folk Music Festivals Established 1977. Winner Australia Tourism Awards 1993, 1994 and 1995 Inducted Australian Tourism Hall Of Fame 1995 Four day attendance of over 60,000 people enjoying a unique family...

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  • Glass Blowing

    We went to visit the glass blowing studio. They had just started a new blowing session, apparently they blow glass for a few weeks at a time and then lampwork beads for a while. It is a small studio so it was easy to chat the the blowers as they worked. Facinating art to watch and we were soooo close to the heat.They gave us a copy of an Art Map...

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  • Whale Bone Gallery

    Following the Art Walk Map available from the Port Fairy Tourist office, we came across Whale Bone Gallery. We were particularily impressed with this gallery as it is a co-operative run by 6 local artists. We had a long chat with the lovely lady working there who turns out to also be part of the Port Fairy glass blowing studio. She makes the most...

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  • Fishing Boats Port Fairy

    Visit the wharf at Port Fairy, interesting at any time you are sure to see some boat activity or some people fishing. The day we went we saw all of these things and were lucky enough to see a Squid Boat returning to port. It was a very unusual boat with all kinds of equipment hanging off it, the first squid boat we had ever seen.

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  • Ferry Trip from Port Fairy

    Whilst in Port Fairy we were impressed with the tidy town, the picturesque Moyne River and the interesting waterfront and dock area. Whilst visiting the docks we saw a ferry about to commence a tour, quickly grabbing a ticket we were on board and travelling down the river to the ocean. The commentary was good and gave us an insight to the town, its...

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  • Take a walk by the wharf

    One of the things I found very interesting while in Port Fairy was all of the small end commercial fishing boats. The little riverway leading out to the ocean was very protected, but still had enough room to maneuver in. Port Fairy is not all that big, but this little area is a great place for a sunset walk, to work up that appetite before eating...

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  • Port Fairy Historic Town Walk

    The historical walk takes you past many of the quaint town's historic buildings. Many buildings from the mid 19thC are highlighted.Due to little economic development after 1900 the town's old world character has remained. The walk along the tree-lined streets reveals stone cottages once occupied by whalers, sealers and fishermen. There are also...

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  • Caledonian Inn

    Now here is a pub with history. The building itself, the photos inside, the stories on the wall. The beauty is that all recent landlords have been mindful of that history and it is well recorded. More power to them I say.So, in 1844 this Dormer-windowed hotel was being built when the workers downed tools and headed for the Victorian goldfields, the...

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  • The Moyne

    Though it's a sad excuse for a river, seemingly relying more on tides for flow than anything coming from upstream, it scrubs up reasonably when viewed from the southern side. Once past the town it is virtually unnoticeable and, if you're a keen fisherman, I wouldn't get too excited about what you may get from the river. Chances are it will be...

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Port Fairy Hotels

Port Fairy Restaurants

  • Not the best Pizza

    My wife and I were staying in Port Fairy for the night during our Great Ocean Road Adventure. It was dinnertime and we were both very hungry. We came upon Port Pizza during our walk through town and decided to try it out. The inside is pretty basic with a large posted menu above the counter and several tables throughout the space. After mulling...

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  • Incredible Apple Streudel

    My wife and I were exploring the town of Port Fairy when we discovered Cobb's Bakery. It was hours until dinner time and we wanted something sweet to tide us over until our evening meal. The Bakery has several large display cases filled with an array of sweet and savory temptations: cookies, pies, breads, pastry and cakes.Something caught our eye...

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  • Don't miss the Fish Pie

    We checked wisharts out on a lovely walk along the wharf. We booked in for dinner after having looked at a few places around the town that were a lot more expensive and we got a seat by the window and the fire. We had a fantastic meal of entrees and mains and a bottle of wine for ~$100 which we were happy with, mains around $AU25, we didn't go the...

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  • Not what I was expecting

    I was looking forward to eating here as I'd read a lot about it, all good. I had the eggs and beans and was very disappointed. Both had no flavour at all and I had to cover it in salt to give some flavour, something I haven't had to do in years. My husband had the mushroom with the shaw river mozzarella which was also tasteless, with only the...

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  • Friendly, homely and convenient

    Very friendly owners, will go out of the way to please you. The Chef/owner was happy to open his kitchen for us when we reached late for lunch and their kitchen had closed for cleaning.

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  • Open Plan, airy, lots of light

    We tried 'Portofino', regarded as the best restaurant along this part of the coast (and the menu looked scrummy) but fully booked. Port Fairy is certainly not short of restaurants, so we were spoilt for choice but which one? Two hungry kids helped us make the decision - a place as close as possible to Portofino. Two minutes up the road, The...

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Port Fairy Transportation

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    by cjg1 Written Feb 6, 2013

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    My wife and I made arrangements to rent a car through Europcar for our drive on the Great Ocean Road. We arrived at the train station in Melbourne and headed off to the car rental office. Our car was at an off site location (weird) so we hopped into a car with the clerk to another Europcar location to pick up our car.

    Our car was a basic economy car, four door, Hyundai. I paid extra($20) for a GPS unit as we were unfamiliar with our route. Our car was clean and safe; we had no problems at all with the service or the GPS during our trip.

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Port Fairy Shopping

  • Homewares

    This is the other window of the shop with the Ned Kelly, and it struck me as being a bit Provencale, with the blue and white crockery, and lavender on display, as well as the other items.

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  • Homewares, gifts, unusual items

    As I wandered down the main street of Port Fairy, I noticed a rather more wide selection of shopping options than I was expecting in a small town....the 5 cafes and 2 bakeries were expected, but there were also at least 3 book shops, almost all in a row. Pictured here is a window that caught my attention. Note the small item depicting Ned Kelly,...

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  • Port Fairy Hotels

    12 Hotels in Port Fairy

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Port Fairy Warnings and Dangers

  • Port Fairy - Take Your Own Drinking...

    I stayed at Secombe House in Port Fairy at the beginning of October 2010. There were no drinking glasses provided in our budget room so I went searching and found some in the lounge area. I got some water from the tap in the bathroom, took a mouthful and instantly wished I hadn't - it was foul! On asking at the front desk I was advised that the...

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  • Wishart's Three Legged Chairs

    Don't get Fung Shui'ed out of your chair.... we had no IKEA that they would design something like this. Who ever thought it would be stylish to design a chair with only three legs, and make the back side the single leg, was obviously not considering normal human tendencies.While at Wisharts, Sue (Sue&Gene) almost took a spill avoiding a picture...

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  • Surfing near the rocks

    From at least a spectator's point of view, I'd say that if you're intending to surf the good waves here at Port Fairy, that you need to be quite experienced or very familiar with where the rocks are under the surface. The surfers here looked very much in control, but I guess accidents can still happen, particularly when a wave can flip you...

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Port Fairy Tourist Traps

  • by Becbartel Written Jul 10, 2007

    I had read the crayfish season was from November to August, so going in July we thought we'd be fine, but the seasons have been changed recently and they are only in season for 6-8 weeks at a time. Best to contact the tourist info centre to find out if they are in season when you are planning your trip.

    Unique Suggestions: Everything about Port fairy was fantastic, we loved Wisharts for dinner - best fish pie I've ever tasted, and loved the laid back nature of the locals. We didn't see the whales on our trip but there are lots of places to view them and lots of people will let you know if they are around.

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    • Beaches
    • Whale Watching

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Port Fairy Off The Beaten Path

  • Tower Hill III

    Here you can catch a koala..........well, no, maybe pat a koala........, actually you can't do that either and it isn't recommended as their bone structure is weak and cuddling a koala might seem nice but, take my advice, leave them where they are and just watch, as I do on the rare occasions when I see one. This is one place where they certainly...

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  • Killarney Hotel

    Between Warrnambool and Port Fairy lies the tiny town of Killarney. I was attracted to it because of its Irish name. It's a very small place to be even called a town, with a pub, hotel, a couple of guest houses...but it does have its own beach down the road, which seems interesting enough that we'll check it out on our next trip when we're not so...

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  • old Church

    Just a couple of kms down the road from the bluestone building, my attention was caught by this old stone church, which I found quite nice.

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Port Fairy Sports & Outdoors

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    by Kate-Me Written Apr 22, 2004

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    At first glance, when we pulled up at the waterfront a few hundred metres out of Port Fairy, it didn't look like a spot for surfers, with all those rocks on the shore and out at least a little way as well...but there they were, about 16 of them, and we soon saw why:
    the waves were much bigger than at Warrnambool, and came in on a diagonal angle, rather than straight, and some of those surfers were really getting a good run!
    We spent quite some time enjoying watching them from the comfort of our car (as it was rather windy, as this coast can get).

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Port Fairy Favorites

  • Dairy farmland around Port Fairy region

    Drought in Victoria being so serious at the moment, seeing this lush countryside around Port Fairy and Warrnambool was a welcome respite from short, dry grass only 2 1/2 hours away at home. This is prime dairy farming country. They also have water shortages, but obviously at least it's still been raining a little.

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  • Watching the surfers

    One of the things I enjoyed best about our brief stop in Port Fairy was watching the surfers at the rocky beach ride the diagonal waves, and quite successfully too, compared to the last lot of surfers we'd watched the day before at Warrnambool.

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