Port Fairy

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Griffiths Island Lighthouse featuring rocky coastline

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.

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BIG4 Port Fairy
3 out of 5
115 Princes Highway, Port Fairy, VIC
The price is AU$145 per night from 7 Oct. to 7 Oct.
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 ...
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Good cabin in cramped layout
"We stayed in a one bedroom cabin. The cabins are very close together compared with other Big4 parks where we have stayed. The cabin itself was fine. Kitchen was well equipped. Location is on the highway, but set back, so no traffic noise. Need passcode for entry and exit. Not sure how requiring an ..."

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A1 Motels Port Fairy Motel and Apartments
A1 Motels Port Fairy Motel and Apartments
3 out of 5
124 Princes Highway, Port Fairy, VIC
Situated near the beach, this motel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Port Fairy Coastal Reserve, East Beach and Port Fairy History Centre. Belfast C.R. Coastal Reserve ...
3.9/5Very Good! (181 reviews)
"I read some online reviews on my way to the property and can’t say I was looking forward to the stay. I was very pleasantly surprised. I stayed in unit 11 and it was large, clean, well maintained and had everything I needed. Yes you could hear some traffic occasionally but you’re staying on a main ..."

Reviewed on 14 May 2021

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The Victoria
The Victoria
4 out of 5
48-50 Bank St, Port Fairy, VIC
The price is AU$197 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
Located in the heart of Port Fairy, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Port Fairy Coastal Reserve, East Beach and Port Fairy History Centre. ...
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"A great location!"

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2021

The Victoria
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Gum Tree Caravan Park
Gum Tree Caravan Park
3 out of 5
8 Amble Lane, (off Toolong Rd), Port Fairy, VIC
The price is AU$104 per night from 5 Oct. to 5 Oct.
Situated in Port Fairy, this cabin is within 6 miles (10 km) of Belfast C.R. Coastal Reserve, Port Fairy Coastal Reserve and Port Fairy History Centre. Port ...
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"A beautiful little Caravan park."

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The Victoria
The Victoria
4 out of 5
48-50 Bank St, Port Fairy, VIC
The price is AU$197 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
Located in the heart of Port Fairy, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Port Fairy Coastal Reserve, East Beach and Port Fairy History Centre. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (575 reviews)
"A great location!"

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Dock's At The Mill - Port Fairy, VIC
Dock's At The Mill - Port Fairy, VIC
2/25 Gipps Street, Port Fairy, VIC
Situated in Port Fairy, this holiday home is steps away from Port Fairy Coastal Reserve and Port Fairy History Centre. Griffith Island and East Beach are also ...
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"Great property and enjoyed Port Fairy"

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2021

Dock's At The Mill - Port Fairy, VIC
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