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Theres something in the water

For many coastal towns the water is their focal point and life blood. Port Fairy certainly fits this bill.

The meandering Moyne River begins in western Victoria and runs out to meet the sea at Port Fairy. The river provides a safe anchorage for the commercial fishing fleet and pleasure boats jostle for space in the small marina. The river has served as a vital transport link since the 1850s, bringing supplies to the town.

Although the river mouth is safe and sheltered, Victoria’s coastline can be quite treacherous. The winds from the south west push vessels northward toward land and in the days of large sailing ships, excellent navigation skills were required.

Unfortunately, not all ships made it to port safely and there are at least 29 wrecks in the immediate area. The Thistle which brought many pastoral settlers to Victoria, wrecked on Christmas Day 1837. The hull of boat can still be seen protruding from the sand when the tide and wind are just right.

The waters around Port Fairy abound with many varieties of fish, such as whiting, snapper, bream, salmon and brown trout. Calling the waters home are the Australian Fur Seals who reside primarily on Lady Julia Percy Island to the west of Port Fairy and the majestic Southern Right Whales who migrate along the coast during the winter months (June – October) and can sometimes be seen off East Beach.

Visitors love the sheltered waters of the bay and enjoy the family friendly swimming beaches of Pea Soup Cove and East Beach and the nearby surf breaks