About Port Fairy - THINGS TO DO

East Beach

Swim between the flags on East Beach, it's Lifeguard Patrolled.

Be on the East Beach on the weekend to watch the sailboards and keel boats racing.

Laze on the beach, soaking up the sun in the sheer bliss of doing absolutely nothing.

Lighthouse on Griffiths Island

Take a walk around Griffiths Island, see the lighthouse and the remains of the light-keepers' cottages; their gardens still bloom.

Bird Watching

Watch the birds feeding in the river and on the mud flats at low tide; swans, pelicans and shearwater abound. Port Fairy is an ornithologist paradise, especially in winter.
Port Fairy Annual Events and general weekly activities are listed on the weekly updated Around Town Weekly Calendar .

Enjoy one of many annual festivals which Port Fairy proudly hosts. A complete schedule can be found on Around Town.

Walk around Fisherman's Wharf, see the boats unloading their catches of crayfish and abalone.

Relax and enjoy an afternoon/evening at the movies. Check out the Port Fairy Cinema scheduled line-up during the holidays.

Sea fishing is a must when in Port Fairy. Dangle a line off the wharf or head out on the water. Don't forget to pick up your lisense at the Port Fairy Sports & Toys on Sackville Street.

Stroll around the historic cemetery, see the monuments of the 1850's and 60's carved by noted stone mason, Walter McGill. Many of Port Fairy's pioneers are buried there, perhaps one of your ancestors also.

Watch the birds feeding in the river and on the mud flats at low tide; swans, pelicans and shearwaters abound. Port Fairy is an ornithologist paradise, especially in winter.

Come and experience one or all of Port Fairy's Festivals such as the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Winter Weekends, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival or the Ex Libris Book Fair.

Fly a kite off the beach, no shortage of sea breezes along the Shipwreck Coast. Kite Flying lessons available by appointment with Tim from the Kite House. FREE kite flying at Southcombe Park during school holidays.

Port Fairy is central to some of the most scenic and historic places in Victoria. Loch Ard Gorge and the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Portland, Victoria's birthplace, the Southern Grampians, Mt Eccles and Hamilton, Wool Capital of the World are all within an hour away.

Wind powered electricity generation is here. Take a tour of the Codrington Wind Farm. Victoria's first and largest. More about the windfarm

Follow the Historic Walks Map available from the Tourist Information Centre. Look at the decorative features of each building; intricate barge boards, fancy chimney pots and wonderful old cast iron doorknockers.

See Port Fairy from the seat of a bicycle. Wide, shady streets make cycling a breeze, ask at the Tourist Information Centre for the most scenic routes.

Search for the Mahogany Ship believed to be in the sand dunes east of the town, but is it fact or fantasy? Collect the Mahogany Walking Track guide from the Tourist Information Centre.

Take in a round of Port Fairy's magnificent 18-hole golf course, surely the most scenic in Victoria with superb views of Port Fairy Bay. Enjoy the hospitality of the lisensed club rooms; visitors are most welcome.


Bookworms...visit .the Port Fairy library and see what's new on the shelves. Browse and reserve a book online before you arrive.

Visit Mott's Cottage, headquarters of the local branch of the National Trust. This interesting building dates from the 1840's and is furnished as a working man's home.

Succumb to the lure of the sea and take a boat trip around Port Fairy Bay. Trips leave from the wharf area (weather permitting).

Dine "al fresco" at one of our picnic or barbeque areas. Find a shady tree to relax under or perhaps dangle a line while lunch is cooking.

Browse around the Historical Society Museum . There are lots of old costumes, shipping relics and photographs of early Port Fairy. Open Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and school holidays, 2 to 5 pm.

Walk onto Griffiths Island at dusk and see the Mutton Birds returning home to feed their young - a sight not easily forgotten. Information brochures are available at the Tourist Information Centre.

Follow our " Shipwreck Walk Trail " available from the Tourist Information Centre. The trail highlights 4 wrecks in Port Fairy, the most noted being the "Thistle" owned by the Henty's and wrecked in 1837.

Visit a volcano, Tower Hill State Game Reserve (midway between Port Fairy and Warrnambool) is a haven for native flora and fauna. It last erupted a mere 7000 years ago!