About Port Fairy

Relax and explore Port Fairy and Surrounds

Port Fairy is a beautiful coastal retreat on Victoria’s spectacular Great Ocean Road. The historic seaside town is a popular destination, which was voted Victoria's Number 1 Tourist Destination by Australian Traveller magazine in 2009.

Nestled on the shores of the beautiful Shipwreck Coast, the town has a historic working fishing port, 50 National Trust classified buildings, a rugged coastline and secluded swimming beaches. Port Fairy also offers visitors incredible ocean and river views, award-winning restaurants, a wide range of accommodation, a Links golf course, and boutique shopping, together with the internationally recognised Port Fairy Folk Festival  held each year on the Labour Day long weekend in March.

Moyne Shire region attractions

Port Fairy is at the end of the Great Ocean Road and is just a leisurely drive
from the 12 Apostles and a variety of hinterland attractions. It is an ideal base from which to explore the region's dormant volcanoes situated at Tower Hill and Mt Eccles National Park. The region also has a variety of vineyards, easy access to The Grampians National Park and, of course, dozens of spectacular coastal attractions in the area.

Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a family or pet-friendly break, or a relaxing beach holiday, Port Fairy is the ideal destination.

Main attractions in the Port Fairy area include:

  • Walk to Griffiths Island and observe the island’s mutton bird rookery. Every year around September the mutton birds arrive for nesting and stay until April when the adult birds commence their Pacific migration.
  • The Port Fairy Lighthouse on Griffiths Island is also a must see.  The Port Fairy Lighthouse was built in 1859 .  The light is 41 feet above high watermark and its visibility to seaward is 12 miles.
  • The Port Fairy - Warrnambool Rail Trail is a continuous 37.32km walking/cycling pathway which meanders through a highly scenic, diverse and relaxed part of south-west Victoria. The Trail from Port Fairy to Illowa is complete. (due for total completion in June 2012)
  • The Moyneyana Festival is held from Christmas Eve through to Australia Day each year and incorporates a program of family activities that can ben enjoyed by all members of the family no matter what age.
  • The Winter Weekends Festival is held in June, July and August each year when music, art, food, wine, literature, culture and history intertwine with the magical everyday experiences that abound.
  • The world-famous Port Fairy Folk Festival is a renowned independent music festival held each March. The four-day festival is a literal smorgasbord of talent, with world roots, folk, country, bluegrass, blues, acoustic rock and jazz music.


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