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Port Fairy

Travel Guide
Griffiths Island Lighthouse featuring rugged 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.

Port Fairy Motor Inn
Port Fairy Motor Inn
3 out of 5
124 Princes Highway, Port Fairy, VIC
The price is $80 per night from Jul 30 to Jul 30
Situated near the beach, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Belfast C.R. Coastal Reserve and Port Fairy Coastal Reserve. East Beach and Port Fairy History Centre ...
3.9/5Very Good! (180 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 May 14, 2021

Port Fairy Motor Inn
BIG4 Port Fairy
BIG4 Port Fairy
3 out of 5
115 Princes Highway, Port Fairy, VIC
The price is $97 per night from Jul 31 to Jul 31
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! (80 reviews)
"Lovely stay at Big4 Port Fairy. Cabin was clean and amenities were great. lots of things at the park to do for the kids, pump track was fantastic for scooters."

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

BIG4 Port Fairy
The Victoria
The Victoria
4 out of 5
48-50 Bank St, Port Fairy, VIC
The price is $125 per night from Jul 30 to Jul 30
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! (568 reviews)
"A great location!"

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

The Victoria
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Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
3 out of 5
35 Bell St, Torquay, VIC
The price is $64 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Located in Torquay, this beachfront cabin is in a shopping district and within a 15-minute walk of Front Beach, Jan Juc Beach, and Torquay Golf Club. Point Danger ...
4.4/5Excellent! (476 reviews)
"Nice close to the beach. No fresh towels we stayed for four days."

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2021

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
Cumberland Lorne Resort
Cumberland Lorne Resort
4.5 out of 5
150 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne, VIC
The price is $144 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Situated near the beach, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lorne Surf Life Saving Club and Great Otway National Park. Lorne Beach and Lorne Sea ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,666 reviews)

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Cumberland Lorne Resort
Yarrawonga Holiday Park
Yarrawonga Holiday Park
4 out of 5
1 Piper Street, Corner of Piper Street and Bur, Yarrawonga, VIC
This family-friendly Yarrawonga campground is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Mulwala and Yarrawonga Mulwala Visitor Information Centre. Kennedy Memorial Park ...
4.2/5Excellent! (65 reviews)
"It was a good location, good for what we needed. Liked the fact it had a dining area and kitchen."

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

Yarrawonga Holiday Park
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