Port Fairy is a town on the South West Coast of Victoria and popular tourist destination.

Understand Edit

Port Fairy is where the Princes Highway touches the ocean in Victoria. A nice spot to break the journey between Adelaide and Melbourne via the Princes Highway or coastal route, or a nice spot to relax on a holiday. Port Fairy is famous for its festivals, most notably the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Although accommodation can get very pricey at these times.

1 Visitor Information (Port Fairy and Region Visitor Information Centre), Railway Place, +61 3 5568 2682. Daily 9AM-5PM.

Climate Edit

The climate in Port Fairy is generally the same as the rest of Victoria, and tends to be slightly colder than Melbourne.

Get in Edit

By car Edit

The easiest way to get into Port Fairy by car and is about a 30 km (19 mi) drive west of Warrnambool via the A1 Princes Highway west and takes about a 20-minute drive from Warrnambool and 3.5 hours from Melbourne.

By bus Edit

Port Fairy is served by two buses, both coming from Warrnambool, one continues to Mount Gambier in South Australia - If you are coming from Melbourne, take a V/Line train to Warrnambool and switch to either:

  • The 8 Bus, which departs from the BP Service Station on Princes Freeway (16min walk from Warrnambool Station, 5 buses per day)
  • V/Line Coach to Mount Gambier, departs from just outside the railway station, 4 buses per day

By bike Edit

If you like cycling, you can try cycling the whole Port Fairy-Warrnambool Rail Trail by either driving or taking the train to Warrnambool, then cycling along the trail the rest of the way - the trail is along the alignment of a now disused railway between Port Fairy and Warrnambool. Takes 2-3 hours depending on fitness level.

Get around Edit

Map of Port Fairy

Port Fairy is not very large, and therefore most of the town can be easily traversed by foot. The route 8 bus comes from Warrnambool and has many stops around the town, although frequency is very poor at only 5 buses per day, so this cannot be used as a viable transit option.

See Edit

  • 1 Port Fairy Museum and Archives, 30 Gipps St, +61 3 5568 2263. Varies by season. Local history museum in an old courthouse built in 1859.
  • 2 Port Fairy Lighthouse, Griffiths Island (on Port Fairy Coastal Reserve). Historic lighthouse.
  • 3 Southcombe Beach. Nice beach, clean and great for dogs.
  • 4 The Crags, 241 Crags Road (10 km from the town centre, only accessible by car). Popular scenic spot, great place to watch a sunset.
  • 5 Port Fairy Library, +61 3 5568 2248. Well-stocked library for a small town.
  • 6 Port Fairy Football & Netball Club, 111 Griffiths Street. 24/7. Amateur AFL and Netball competitions.
  • 7 Battery Hill, 1 Battery Lane. Well preserved large cannons from WW2.

Do Edit

  • Go to the annual Sausage Dog race. The Dachshund Dash is an annual event in early June.
  • 1 Port Fairy Community House, 5 Railway Place, +61 3 5568 2681. Tu–F 10AM–3PM. Many events and activities throughout the year. See website for details.
  • 2 Folk Festival, 37 Campbell Street, +61 3 5568 2227. Annually in March, on the Victorian Labour Day long weekend. Music festival. First running in 1977, the Port Fairy Folk Festival attracts visitors around the country and even world.
  • 3 Southern Coast Charters, Gipps Street, +61 4 2998 3112. Daily 9AM-8PM. Offers boat charters to Lady Julia Percy & King Islands, as well as fishing charters. From $100.
  • 4 Lady Julia Percy Island (Deen Maar Island) (Southern Coast Charters (see above)). This island, 22 km away from Port Fairy, stands as the singular offshore volcano in Australia. Its formation dates back around seven million years when intense underwater eruptions occurred during the separation of Australia from Antarctica. Notably, the basalt found on the island predates the lava flows on the mainland by several million years. It also has cultural significance to the area's indigenous people, the Gundjitjmara people, as it is believed to be the place where the creator Bunjil the eagle, left this world. $100 per person.
  • 5 Port Fairy Golf Club, Woodbine Road, +61 3 5568 1654. M-F 7AM-6PM, Sa Su 8AM-5:30PM. Relaxing golf course right by the sea. $59 18 holes, $35 9 holes.

Buy Edit

  • 1 The Passage, 39 Bank Street, +61 3 4508 4213. Daily 10AM-5PM. Locally run clothing and souvenir store.
  • 2 The Paper Store, 50A Sackville Street, +61 439 639 669. W-Sa 9:30AM-4:30PM, Su 10AM-3PM. Store offers notebooks, cards, pens, and gift wraps with a focus on local and Australian suppliers.
  • 3 Daktari Surf & Dive, 33 Bank Street, +61 3 5568 2800. Sa Su 10AM-3PM. Surfboards for purchase or hire, as well as surfing lessons available.

Eat Edit

  • 1 Yellow House Cafe & Thai Restaurant, 19 Bank St, +61 3 5568 3322. M-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 3-11PM. General Thai cuisine, and you can get most things available at any Australian Thai restaurant.
  • 2 The Wharf Port Fairy, 29 Gipps Street. Very good fish and chips, and seafood.
  • 3 Le Crêpe Man of Belfast, 43 Sackville St. W-Sa 8:30AM–2PM, Su 9AM–2PM. As the name of the place suggests, this place sells crepes.
  • 4 Port Fairy Confectionary, 53 Sackville St. Daily 10AM-4PM. Old-style sweet shop.
  • 5 Cobbs Bakery, 25 Bank Street, +61 3 5568 1713. Daily 7AM-5:30PM. Local bakery with lots of different baked goods including desserts.
  • 6 Lemongrass Thai, 55 Bank Street, +61 3 5568 3388. Very tasty thai restaurant, popular with locals.
  • 7 Rebecca's Cafe, 70/72 Sackville Street, +61 3 5568 2533. Daily 6:30AM-6PM. Local cafe with great coffee, cakes and desserts.

Drink Edit

  • 1 The Sentinel, 20 Bank Street, +61 4 7454 9911. Restaurant & bar, with great cocktails.

Sleep Edit

Connect Edit

There is wifi available at the Library.

Go next Edit

Portland - The oldest permanent settlement in Victoria, with hundreds of 18th century buildings

Warrnambool - Large town known for its great beaches

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