Art is …whatever you want it to be! Port Fairy is proud of its growing and evolving local artist community. Inspired by the beauty of the region, the captivating history and a strong community spirit.
Whale Bone Gallery is a co-operative retail art gallery in Port Fairy. The gallery is run by its artist members who work in a variety of mediums including paint, ink, textiles, glass, jewellery and photography. The artists come together to work collaboratively on installations and generate two major exhibitions of new work annually.
The artists are always happy to share their creative journeys with visitors.
Port Fairy’s passionate traders have fashioned this village into a style in it’s own right. Here, shopping is enjoyable and entertaining and a touch quirky. Charming, old-world street houses a dynamic collection of ladies’ fashion boutiques offering fledgling labels, known brands and eclectic styles.
Be tempted by dresses, coats, casual pieces and beautiful bespoke jewellery. Browse homewares, antiques and body care. Pickup a unique gift for that special loved one or a classy keepsake for yourself. Discover your next favourite read in one of two book shops or simply browse to your heart’s content.
A Walk of Art
Be moved by the very talented artists who use the Moyne region as their inspiration. The calibre of their work - across a variety of mediums - will entice, excite and inspire you.
Take a tour of the town's galleries and working studios on the Port Fairy Art Walk. The Art Walk Map guides visitors on a unique art focused tour of Port Fairy, visiting 11 galleries and working studios.
A wonderful experience, walking past historic cottages and well-kept gardens, seeing work in progress and viewing exceptional art.
Messing about building boats
Boat building has occurred in Port Fairy since the early 1840’s, when John Griffiths, ship builder and whaler, built a sea-going vessel on Griffiths Island. In 1966, Ron Stewart opened a boat building yard on the banks of the Moyne River, building wooden ships as big as 80 foot in length. The business was later taken over by son Garry Stewart in 1978 who continues to build wooden boats today.
The most famous wooden boat in Port Fairy is the Lifeboat on display at the Lifeboat Station. Built in Williamstown in 1857, it's the oldest surviving self-righting lifeboat in the world. The Lifeboat Station contains a collection of 19th century maritime rescue equipment. Guided tours are available if booked through the Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre.
Robert Gatt and Freya Marriott glass blowing studio has become a regular Port Fairy stopping point. The studio allows visitors to view glass blowing in action as well as talk with the artists about their creations.
Robert and Freya draw significant influence from the surrounding coastal village and wilderness, often taking shape in easily recognisable attributes within their creations. Unique pieces of handmade art glass are available for sale from their studio or Whale Bone Studio Art Gallery and make great take-me-home reminders of a holiday well spent.
Eclectic Designs studio is open most afternoons.