Port Fairy is a walkers paradise. There are many paces to walk along the rugged coastline or along the soft sand of East Beach, you can even walk all the way to Warrnambool.
It is one of Victoria's oldest towns so it is packed full of history. It has one of the largest fishing fleets along the coast and has a strong arts and music culture and is a delight to visit all year round.
The walk starts at the Visitor Information Centre, and goes to Griffith Island, which is a Shearwater (Mutton Bird) Colony so it is very important to keep to the tracks as the birds make their nests in burrows they make in the sand. No dogs are allowed on the island.
"One of Port Fairy's most spectacular summer sights is the arrival of the mutton birds, or short-tailed shearwaters, at sunset each day on Griffith Island. Towards the end of September each year the annual migration of the short-tailed shearwaters, or mutton birds, arrives on Griffiths Island from their far flung journey in the northern hemisphere. The birds spend the summer months here, raising their young, before setting off again in mid-April." (See link above for more detail).
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Many of these photos have been kindly provide by Bron Anderson, thanks Bron!
No visit to Port Fairy is complete without a wander along the wharf. This photos is taken from below the footbridge which links the town to the East Beach.
Wonderful to walk along the wharf to see all the boats which are a mixture of working fishing boats, charter boats and big and small sailing boats.
Great little playground that has public toilets.
Grifiths Island is Shearwater (Mutton Birds ) colony, absolutely no dogs allowed.
Remnants of one of the old bluestone quarries on the island.
Walk along the causeway that separates the island from the Moyne River (which is on the right of this photo).
On the causeway with the Moyne River behind as the sun rises. On a clear still morning it is simply gorgeous.
The trees are around remnants of a stone keepers’ cottage that from when the Island as also a bluestone quarry . It was also a whaling station at one time.
Griffiths Island Lighthouse was built in 1859 as a navigation aid at a time when Port Fairy was becoming an important trading port for western Victoria.
Looking out to the Southern Ocean. Beautiful on cleave sunny mornings. One days when the surf is up, some of the more talented locals can be seen out on their boards.
It can be great fun clambering over the rocks along the shore, if you have children with you they will love it.
Walking along the beach is a joy, it's also a good spot for snorkelling on calm days, but the water can get a bit cool.
Originally built in 1843, for John Mills who was the Habour Master from 1853-1871, it is one of the oldest surviving timber houses in Victoria. Click link for a short video from the National Trust.
Port Fairy's main street. It has a pharmacy, a super market, the banks and many small shops and cafes.
A nice spot to sit and eat an ice-cream at the end of your walk. It's a popular free outdoor venue when the Port Fairy Folk Festival is on (see link).