Live well. Dine fine
When people ask 'how was your holiday to Port Fairy', the first thing you will say is ‘the food was amazing!’. You know the town has found its way right to your heart via the stomach and you will be back. Port Fairy is just one of those places.
The beginnings of the Australian Buffalo milking and cheese industry started in Camperdown, Victoria when the Haldanes imported buffalo from Italy and Bulgaria in the mid 1990’s. Roger and Sue of Shaw River Buffalo Cheese started their buffalo cheese making under the Purrumbete label. When they out grew the factory in Camperdown they built a factory in Yambuk and in 2000 they shifted the family, herd and processing to the banks of the Shaw River.
It's well documented that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And it's safe to say that coffee should be included in that statement. Start the day right with a relaxing breakfast, brunch, or lunch (no judging on holidays) at one of Port Fairy's delicious cafes.
The rolling hills, rich volcanic soil and deep blue sea of Port Fairy is home to some of Victoria’s most well kept secrets. Some of the finest produce and foodie stories are being generated here.
Basalt Wines is a member of this forward thinking collective and offers daily tastings at the Cellar Door during spring (seasonal times apply check for details) accompanied by some French/Spanish inspired tapas. The vineyard was establish in 2003 and for the last 8 years has been actively involved in biodynamic conversion and production. The winery is located just 9kms outside Port Fairy in a little hamlet called Killarney settled by - you guessed it - Irish potato farmers in the 1850s. Drop in and try some of the biodynamic range.
ANNOUNCEMENT - 4-star rating
Basalt-Wines makes a stellar entry into the 2017 Halliday Wine Companion
Adding to an already exciting year of industry accolades, Killarney’s Basalt Wines has just debuted in James Halliday’s authoritative wine guide with a solid 4-star rating and high praise for its Great Ocean Road pinot noir and riesling.
Open for CELLAR DOOR and BAR SNACKS
Monday to Sunday: from 10am
Address: 1131 Princes Hwy, Killarney
Phone: +61 429 682 251
When asked about where to eat in Port Fairy Zoe and Jazmin Royal start with an urgent recommendation.
“Poco’s for ice cream. Oh my God. People have REALLY got to go to Poco,” says Jazmin. Only open in summer, she says everyone hangs out all year for them to open. But it’s worth the wait. “It’s so fresh and creamy and the flavours aren’t like normal ice cream shops.”
Continuing a theme of indulgence, the girls also love rooms with spectacular views.
“Time and Tide is in the most beautiful location with huge glass windows framing the southern ocean,” says Zoe, of the ocean-facing high tea café. “It’s really delicious and decadent. Everyone deserves a bit of a treat every now and then!”
“On weekends and in the holidays, I love the markets,” says Zoe. “We get such fresh local produce, we’re really lucky. You can make your own lunch and walk to the wetlands or pick any of the beaches. Just grab other supplies from the supermarket.”
“There’s some hidden picnic tables near Battery Point – they look straight on to Little East Beach. It’s like your own private beach.”
Fantastic food in delightful settings is Port Fairy’s specialty. Choose from an enticing mix of contemporary cafes, charming pubs and fine dining in hatted restaurants.
Port Fairy Restaurants
Mickey Bourkes Koroit Hotel
Mickey Bourkes Koroit Hotel EST 1853 has retained its Irish integrity and character. Take pleasure in a good yarn with a local over a smooth Guinness on tap.
Time and Tide Gallery & Tearoom
A few minutes out of the historic seaside town of Port Fairy you will find Time and Tide Gallery/Tearoom serving sensational food and wine with ocean views to match.
Bank St + Co
Bank St + Co, located in the heart of Port Fairy. Serving breakfast, lunch, drinks and coffee 7 days a week. Take time to enjoy your coffee .