Historic Port Fairy
The historic township of Port Fairy is situated in the Western District of Victoria Australia and offers an idyllic and safe holiday setting whether you are in to surfing, swimming, fishing, diving, golf or just want to soak up the relaxed atmosphere. Port Fairy is proud of its heritage. Over 50 buildings from our boom era have been classified by Australia's National Trust. Most of these are still in use and visitors enjoy shopping and dining in some of Victoria's oldest buildings. A walk around town will take you past many of the residences and businesses of the early settlers.
The Port Fairy story begins on Griffiths Island. A whaling station was established on the island early in the 19th century by Penny and Reiby and in 1835 it was purchased by John Griffiths. The Whalers lived and worked on the Island each season. The whalers were so successful during those years that by the 1840s the supply of whales was exhausted and the whaling station closed. Walk out to the Lighthouse, fish along the river or walk all around the Island; great scenery and wildlife.
Port Fairy is home to a number of Shearwater Colonies. The largest is on Griffiths Island. What's a Shearwater? It's a Mutton Bird. Each year, on 16th April the birds depart on a 15,000 km journey past Japan, Alaska, North America and New Zealand. They return to Port Fairy on 22nd September. Walk onto Griffiths Island at dusk and see the thousands of Shearwater returning home to feed their young - a sight and sound not easily forgotten.
Tower Hill State Game Reserve
An extinct volcano, a 10 minute drive (midway between Port Fairy and Warrnambool). At Tower Hill you may see kangaroos, koalas, emus, echidnas, possums and waterbirds. Five walking trails, picnic area, birdhide, natural history centre and Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre are all features of the park. Park entry is free.
12 km west of Port Fairy, features rocky cliffs, spectacular ocean views and the perfect viewing location to the volcanic Lady Julia Percy Island.
Codrington Wind Farm
The first wind farm in Victoria. Located only 20 minutes from Port Fairy with 14 towers. Wind powered electricity generation is here.
Port Fairy Community Market
A great range of crafts, jewellery, plants and delicious local produce is available at this market, which is held twice a month. Port Fairy Village Green, cnr Bank & Sackville Streets.
East Beach Port Fairy
Enjoy a stroll down the beach listening to the waves crashing into shore. What a great way to unwind ...
from 23 December, 2016 to 26 January, 2017
Moyneyana ensures a summer of fun in Port Fairy offering plenty of free entertainment and activities around the town. A highlight is the New Years Eve street parade, live entertainment on the Village Greenand midnight fireworks. Little wonder Port Fairy is a favourite family destination during summer.
PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL
from 11 March, 2016 to 11 March, 2016
Each March, during the Labor Day long weekend, Port Fairy welcomes 500 performers and over twenty thousand festival goers to the Port Fairy Folk Festival. Commencing in 1977, the 'folky' has become an internationally famous venue attracting top international and national acts to one of the best organised events in the country. It gets better every year.
PORT FAIRY SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL
from 07 October, 2016 to 07 October, 2016
Established in 1990, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival comes alive with a weekend of classical and contemporary music in excellent venues around town, an entertaining event with something for everyone!
WINTER WEEKENDS IN PORT FAIRY
from 10 June, 2016 to 23 July, 2016
Winter of theme weekends A little something for everyone including: comedy, art & jazz food & wine history & heritage ex-libris book fair Get your hat , scarf and umbrella, you will love winter in Port Fairy
Warrnambool May Racing Carnial
from 03 May, 2016 to 05 May, 2016
All roads lead to the 'Bool' in the first week of May each year as the Warrnambool Racing Club conducts the internationally acclaimed 'Warrnambool May Racing Carnival'. The Club is steeped in over 160 years of history and remains one of the jewels in Country Racing Victoria's crown; hosting some of Australia's premier Jumps races during the carnival. The racecourse is situated on the eastern outskirts of town, set in a picturesque valley providing excellent natural viewing platforms.