Experience history on every corner of this charming fishing village at the Western end of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. Join in the festivities at the world-renowned annual music festival, engage with the vibrant local arts scene, and get up close to native animals in the wild.
Walk down Port Fairy’s wide streets that are lined by nineteenth century cottages, Norfolk pines, and old stone churches, boarding houses and inns. Wander the historic walking trails, taking in more than 50 buildings that are now classified by the National Trust.
The town leaps into the twenty-first century over the March Labour Day weekend when the Port Fairy Folk Festival gets taken over by musicians and performers from around Australia and the world. Get swept up in the music and see folk, country, blues and popular performers at one of Australia’s largest music festivals.
At the local port, one of the busiest fishing ports in Victoria, fishermen unload their catch at the dockside, while cruising boats and racing yachts dock and anglers try their luck. From the wharf you can head out on a guided fishing trip, join a whale watching tour in winter, or take a cruise out to the seal colony on Lady Julia Percy Island, one of the largest seal colonies in southern Australia.
Port Fairy is a town in love with the arts. Peruse the wide range of boutiques, antique shops, and art and craft outlets showcasing the work of local artists and artisans. Relax and enjoy the burgeoning fine food and wine scene at renowned local restaurants and while away days in quaint cafes.
Port Fairy is 290 kilometres west of Melbourne, or around three-and-a-half hours by car via the Princes Highway. You can also take the scenic route via the Great Ocean Road.
Port Fairy is an Urban Location area within the local government area of Moyne in Victoria, it is located approximately 247kms from the capital Melbourne and extends over an area of 113.024 square kilometres. Port Fairy has a recorded population of 3340 residents and is within the Australian Eastern Daylight Time zone Australia/Melbourne.
If you are planning a visit to Port Fairy we’ve put together some of the things you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Port Fairy and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.