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Port FairyAustralia

The last stop on the Great Ocean Road and Victoria’s rugged Shipwreck Coast is a charming fishing village with heritage buildings, great beaches and a folk festival.

Experience Port Fairy’s 19th-century charm when you stroll down portside promenades lined with whitewashed cottages. Watch boats rocking in the wharf as fishermen unload the daily catch and make your way down to the beach for a swim. Port Fairy has a captivating local arts scene, with plenty of boutiques, galleries and antiques stores to explore. The town is no stranger to visitors, with thousands flocking to the annual folk festival to see local and international acts.

Get acquainted with Port Fairy’s intriguing history. The town’s waterfront has a large collection of heritage homes that formerly belonged to whalers, seamen and port merchants in the 1800s. Follow the Port Fairy Maritime and Shipwreck Heritage Walk to uncover this fascinating past. Victoria’s oldest licensed hotel, the Caledonian Inn, has offered a place for weary seamen to enjoy a pint since 1844.

Wander down to the Fisherman’s Wharf, which is one of Victoria’s busiest fishing ports. Crayfish and abalone are among the haul that local fishermen bring in daily. From here, you can join a guided fishing charter, board a sightseeing cruise to the seal colonies on Lady Julia Percy Island or spot southern right whales in the cooler months. If the sun is shining, it’s time to hit one of Port Fairy’s three main beaches. Try stand-up paddleboarding in the still waters or join a surfing class if the swell is right.

Some of the town’s best outlooks are from the historic fortifications at Battery Hill and the charming Port Fairy Lighthouse on Griffiths Island. For a green escape, explore the 19th-century Botanic Gardens.

Each Labor Day Weekend in March, the town swells with people arriving for the Port Fairy Folk Festival. See international acts and local folk personalities at this popular and long-running celebration.

Port Fairy is situated on Victoria’s southwestern coast. It is approximately 3.5 hours’ drive from Melbourne and a half-hour drive from Warrnambool. It is accessible from both by public transit.

Top hotels in Port Fairy

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Victoria
The Victoria
4 out of 5
48-50 Bank St, Port Fairy, VIC
The price is AU$208 per night

Located in the heart of Port Fairy, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Port Fairy Coastal Reserve, East Beach, and Port Fairy History ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (553 reviews)

"Central location. Clean & comfortable but a little noisy due to neighbours leaving air-con on all night with the unit located outside our bedroom."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jul. 2020

The Victoria
BIG4 Port Fairy
BIG4 Port Fairy
3 out of 5
115 Princes Highway, Port Fairy, VIC
The price is AU$114 per night

This family-friendly Port Fairy motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of East Beach and Griffith Island. Port Fairy Lighthouse and Port Fairy Golf Club are also within ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (76 reviews)

"Management went out of their way to ensure that our needs were met. They were very responsive when approached with a query."…"

Reviewed on 1 Jan. 2020

BIG4 Port Fairy
Ashmont Motor Inn & Apartments
Ashmont Motor Inn & Apartments
3.5 out of 5
47 Bank Street, Port Fairy, VIC
The price is AU$132 per night

Situated near the beach, this motel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from East Beach and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Port Fairy Lighthouse. Port Fairy Golf Club and Tower Hill State ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (398 reviews)

"Had a wonderful stay the service was great and the room was very spacious. Very close to all the shops and would recommend for others to stay there."…"

Reviewed on 8 Jun. 2020

Ashmont Motor Inn & Apartments

Popular places to visit in Port Fairy

Warrnambool Beach
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Warrnambool Beach

4.5/5(328 reviews)

Play among the waves, take your surfboard out to the breaks or drop a fishing line off the breakwater at Warrnambool’s fantastic local beach.

Port Fairy Lighthouse
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Port Fairy Lighthouse

4.5/5(155 reviews)

Make your way along winding pathways through pretty coastal shrubs to see a historic bluestone lighthouse, ocean views and a colony of shearwater seabirds.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village
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Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

4.5/5(132 reviews)

Find out about Warrnambool’s perilous Shipwreck Coast when you explore this preserved 1870s village and maritime museum overlooking the shores of Lady Bay.

Top activities in Port Fairy

Mount Eccles Volcano – Budj Bim National Park
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Mount Eccles Volcano – Budj Bim National Park

AU$83
Per adult
Indigenous Culture and Nature Tour
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Indigenous Culture and Nature Tour

AU$29
Per adult

Reviews of Port Fairy

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Mar. 2020

Beautiful town, very friendly locals. The information centre staff were very helpful offering maps and recommending places to visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Mar. 2020

The myriad of historic buildings are in use. So the town isn't fixed in the past, just revelling in it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Jan. 2020

I will be back soon!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Jan. 2020

Loved singing the hallelujah chorus and Handel’s Messiah at St John’s - a 38 year annual event!

5/5 - Excellent

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8 Dec. 2019

Very picturesque and quiet

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Dec. 2019

All great but unable to turn oven on and no instructions to turn on dishwasher at wall. Otherwise good and would stay again