30 May 2018



Follow Loren's 48 hours to discover Port Fairy's rich mix of pristine natural environment and clever, creative locals.

Breakfast at Bank St and Co, for the super good pumpkin with sautéed greens. And coffee, of course.

Morning activity We’re spoilt for choice with the Winter Weekends program. Take a tour of Griffiths Island, check out an open house, learn how to make sourdough…the list goes on. Definitely get to the market to pick up some fresh supplies for brekky or a picnic.

Lunch at Le Crepe Man on Sackville Street is the best place for a light or big lunch, the tasty, wholesome fillings are perfect winter fuel. Back it up with a Nutella crepe and you are good to go.

Afternoon activity More Winter Weekends action! Try writing workshops, yoga at the yacht club, fireside storytelling…or head home for a cosy nap.

Evening activity There’ll be a brilliant gig under the soaring arches of St John’s Anglican Church this July. Or you could see theatre, films.

Dinner at Merrijig Inn for sure. Serving seasonal, regional produce in impressive, sometimes unexpected, combos. Head to Captain Wishart’s bar at Wishart Gallery for awesome winter drinks – mulled wine, anyone?

Stay at Drift House for sure. It’s an incredible blend of old history and contemporary design. Just gorgeous. Or grab a room anywhere along the Moyne or at the Merrijig Inn to take in the river first thing in the morning.

Breakfast at Stay in and cook up your eggs, bread and jams from the market.

Morning activity Coffee at Drift Wood on Bank St, followed by a stroll around the shops and galleries.

Morning tea at Audley and Hall is a must. Pick up some chocolate for the trip home.

Lunch at Conlan’s Wine Store. Shared plates and the best wine menu going. This is gonna be a loooong lunch, so settle in.

Afternoon activity Swim at Little East beach. Yes, I mean it. You might need waking up after those lunch wines, so dip in and out and you won’t regret it. Then get home for hot, steamy shower and you’re ready for the night!

Evening activity Sunset anywhere along the southern coast, but my pick would be at the Passage. Big seas and pink skies. Stunning.

Dinner at Coffin Sally. Go early and grab the table by the fire. Start with a cocktail, then move to the Sangiovese. My pick is Wilted, but take any pizza from that menu and you’ll be in heaven. It’s the freshest ingredients on the tastiest base with awesome local service.


Loren Tuck lives in Port Fairy with her husband and baby daughter. She’s part of the Winter Weekends festival committee and is passionate about Port Fairy’s rich mix of pristine natural environment and clever, creative locals.

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Follow the yellow and blue 'i' signs to the Visitor Information Centre in Port Fairy for tips, maps, brochures and advice on how to make the most of your stay. The Centre contains a comprehensive display of local attractions, wildlife and accommodation options that will help bring to life your Great Ocean Road experience.


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