Official tourism website of Port Fairy and Moyne Shire

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Visit Moyne Shire on the Shipwreck Coast

bay_of_martyrs_smallPart of Victoria’s spectacular Shipwreck Coast region, the Moyne Shire offers a range of incredible holiday opportunities for people of all ages.

From Peterborough, neighbour of the 12 Apostles, to the distinctly Irish Koroit (home to the famous Mickey Bourke’s pub) and Victoria’s most popular tourist destination – Port Fairy – Moyne is as diverse as it is appealing, picturesque, warm and inviting. Set in a rich volcanic region and part of the Kanawinka Geopark, the shire’s towns surround the Great South Coast’s regional centre of Warrnambool, famous for its whale nursery and the southern right whales which visit each year.

Thriving regional townships

Moyne is home to many successful and prosperous townships, of a variety of sizes. Each has its own individual character, its own identity and own attributes which contribute to the successful shire we call home.

From our largest centre, the hugely popular Port Fairy – voted Victoria’s best and Australia’s fifth-best tourist destination - through to smaller towns which are home to a small number of residents, the Moyne Shire is a rich palette of culture, history, attractions and events.

We are fortunate to have rich pastoral countryside and a stretch of coastline which is nothing short of spectacular. Within this context we have some of Australia’s most amazing coastal and inland scenery, from the Tower Hill State Game Reserve to Mount Eccles National Park, Hopkins Falls, The Crags, Yambuk Lake and so much more.


These many and varied natural attractions are supported by fantastic events and festivals, from the internationally renowned Port Fairy Folk Festival to the Koroit Irish Festival and Mortlake Music Festival. In addition to these events there are numerous others which occur throughout the year – the calendar of events on our website lists these for you.


Moyne is, quite simply, an ideal holiday destination.

Fast Facts - Moyne Shire at a Glance

Population 16,215
Location South West Victoria, Australia
Area 5,478km2

Port Fairy (population 2,560),
Mortlake (pop. 941),
Macarthur (pop. 246),
Koroit (pop. 1,376),
Peterborough (pop. 148),

Number Approximately 1,000 businesses operate within Moyne Shire Council boundaries.
Industry Base Dairy, beef cattle, sheep, vegetable production, manufacturing (quarrying, food products, pharmaceuticals, seafood), tourism.
Road Major transport routes include Princes Highway and Glenelg Highway. Travel times from Port Fairy to Melbourne (3.5 hours), Adelaide (5 hours), Portland (1 hour), Hamilton (1 hour), Warrnambool (20 minutes).
Sea Port Fairy is located approximately one hour from the Port of Portland.
Rail Links from Warrnambool to Melbourne in the east and Portland and Adelaide in the west.
Air Warrnambool Airport is located within Moyne Shire Council's boundaries.
Council-owned community facilities
Football ovals 25
Cricket pitches 17
Tennis courts 85
Netball courts 30
Indoor sports centres 4
Outdoor swimming pools 3
Bowls greens 7
Squash courts 5
Croquet courts 2
Libraries 3
Community halls/centres 37
Theatres 2
Toilet blocks 26
Playgrounds 20
Kindergartens 8
Other community facilities
Hospitals 2
Doctors' clinics 4
Primary schools 11
Secondary schools 2


What's On?

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Getting Here


If coming from Melbourne by train/V-line coach you get the train or coach (depending on day) from Southern Cross to Warrnambool then the v-line coach through to Port Fairy.  For more information on the V-line service phone 1800 800 007 or book on-line via their website at



If you need further information please contact the Port Fairy & Region Visitor Information Centre on  (03) 5568 2682 or by email on


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