Port Fairy - top 20 things to doIf you're planning a trip to Port Fairy you probably already have an action packed, or relaxation packed, stay in mind. Here's our top 20 (plus one) things to do from our Tourism Officers at Port Fairy.
- Take a walk around Griffiths Island; see the lighthouse and the remains of the light-keepers' cottages, their gardens still bloom in the appropriate season
- Be on the East Beach at the weekend to watch the sailboats and keelboats racing.
- Walk around Fisherman's Wharf; see the boats unloading their catches of crayfish, shark and squid.
- Fly a kite at the beach; no shortage of sea breezes along the Shipwreck Coast.
- Stroll around the historic cemetery; see the monuments of the 1850's and 60's carved by noted stonemason 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's paradise, especially in winter.
- Follow the Historic Walks Map available from the Visitor Information Centre. Look at the decorative features of each building; intricate barge boards, fancy chimney pots and wonderful old cast iron doorknockers.
- 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 Visitor Information Centre and find out more about the mysterious shipwreck here.
- 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 licensed clubrooms; visitors are most welcome.
- 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 workingman's home. Opening hours are on the gate.
- Succumb to the lure of the sea and take a boat trip around Port Fairy Bay. Trips leave from the wharf area (weather permitting & minimum number of people required).
- Be inspired by the talented artists that you will discover when you follow the "Arts Walk" available at the Visitor Information Centre or download a copy here.
- 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.
- Take the plunge into Port Fairy's fabulous heated swimming pool. Open every day.
- Browse around the Historical Society Museum. There are lots of old costumes, shipping relics and photographs of early Port Fairy. Open Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 2 - 5pm.
- 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 Visitor Information Centre.
- Follow our "Shipwreck Walk Trail" available from the Visitor Information Centre. The trail highlights six 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 and last erupted a mere 7000 years ago!
- See Port Fairy from the seat of a bicycle. Wide shady streets make cycling a breeze.
- 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 and Hamilton, a city of style and culture, are all just an hour away.
- And of course you can always laze on the beach, soaking up the sun in the sheer bliss of doing absolutely nothing!
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