The official opening of the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Railway line took place on 25 February 1890 with the biggest ceremony and banquet that Port Fairy had ever enjoyed. The last train came in September 1977. Railway Place was the site of the Station, The Goods Shed and the Station Master’s Cottage both of the latter still remain.
The Port Fairy - Warrnambool Rail Trail is a continuous 37km walking/cycling pathway which meanders through a highly scenic, diverse and relaxed part of south-west Victoria.
There are a number of walking/cycling heritage tracks and trails throughout Moyne Shire. Some are quite long and can take a few hours to complete while others are short walks taking around an hour.
Some of the walking/cycling heritage tracks and trails include:
- Koroit Heritage Trail
- Mortlake Bluestone Heritage Trail
- Port Fairy Historic Town Walk
- Tower Hill Cemetary Walk
Griffiths Island, with its colony of shearwater seabirds, winding pathways and the spectacular lighthouse at the eastern tip, is a great place to explore.
A short walk along the causeway from Martin's Point gets you onto the island. Dogs are not allowed on the island and visitors are urged to stick to the walking tracks, which wind through the low lying scrub. Nesting birds, including the shearwater's that migrate from the northern hemisphere each year, create burrows for their young hidden in the sand and it's important these nests aren't disturbed by wandering sightseers.
There are a number of smaller nature reserves and public Crown Land reserves dotted across Moyne Shire that are not well known. These small reserves feature remnants of local native vegetation and some are important habitat for rare or threatened species of flora and fauna. Most of the reserves can be accessed by the public.
Port Campbell National Park
Port Campbell National Park is located just over an hour east of Port Fairy along the picturesque Great Ocean Road. The park is world famous for its extraordinary collection of wave-sculpted rock formations including the iconic Twelve Apostles. Journey to the famous sites and feel the wild force of the sea against the coast.
The national park is ideal for exploring on foot, with numerous short walks taking visitors to the Twelve Apostle Lookout, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and Mutton Island.