The Township of Port Fairy - Worthy of Exploration

Come along with our Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre (VIC) Tour Guide and enjoy one of the many picturesque walks around historic Port Fairy!

There’s a popular saying at the Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre – “Don’t just visit Port Fairy, visit Port Fairy’s history!” So why don’t you ask yourself one question: “Why was Port Fairy once called Belfast?” If you want to explore this question and find answers - read on! 

Wharf and Port on the Moyne River - Worthy of Exploration

Located on the Moyne River the old wharf and port are worthy of exploration, with a historic lifeboat, whaleboat, and buildings. There is also a variety of types of pleasure craft and fishing boats that sail up and down the Moyne River and into and out of the bay providing a nautical spectacle of ships putting in and putting out. If the weather turns foul you’ll probably see a bit of pitching and plunging! You might even see a boat heave to or shove off!

Battery Hill - Worthy of Exploration

Located across the bridge from Port Fairy's picturesque harbour, Battery Hill is worthy of exploration, with cannons and fortifications positioned here in 1887 to protect the town from the then perceived threat of Russian warships.

Great views of Port Fairy Bay from the top of Battery Hill can be enjoyed!

Step back in time

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

Hit the coastal trail

The notion of the romantic walk along the beach has been taken to the extreme around Port Fairy, with several trails taking in kilometers, upon kilometers of beach and lake side tracks. Take in the view of the lighthouse whilst enjoying the coastal fresh air.

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Meet koalas, emus, kangaroos and many species of waterbirds roaming freely in Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, which sits inside an extinct volcano formed some 30,000 years ago.

Griffiths Island

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.

Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail

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. 

12 Apostles Port Campbell National Park

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.

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