Official tourism website of Port Fairy and Moyne Shire

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Explore Port Fairy's magic past at the History Centre

Visitors to Port Fairy can't help but be caught up in its magical past. With so many historic buildings, the spectacular wharf and festivals celebrating the town's history, it's no wonder visitors to the town seek out more information.

One of the best places to visit is the Port Fairy History Centre on Gipps Street; an accredited museum telling the story of the Port Fairy region through a series of displays and photographs. The society is active during many of Port Fairy's annual events such as the Moyneyana Festival and Winter Weekends and is also open during the week and weekends.

Records available at the Centre include Cemetery Records of Port Fairy, Hawkesdale, Macarthur, Warrnambool and Yambu; a comprehensive collection of early district maps, local business and building histories, rate books for the Borough of Port Fairy and Shire of Belfast, Church Records, Newspapers dating from 1842, a pioneer index from 1838-1888 and shipping records, immigration to Victoria from 1839 to 1871. There is also a extensive photograph collection, covering 30 categories including pioneering families, early civic fathers and the homesteads and cottages of the area.

Due to the nature of many of the archives documents self research is not possible. However, archivists are always available by appointment.

The centre is open Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays from 2pm to 5pm.

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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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