Port Fairy is quite possibly one of the most romantic sea side destinations on the Great Ocean Road.

It’s a good idea to set aside at least a few days in our historic town so you can relax, reconnect and enjoy the romance!

Port Fairy is 2 hours, 16 minutes from Ballarat, 3 hours, 30 minutes from Melbourne and 1 hour, 40 minutes from Mount Gambier.

If it’s been a while since you’ve visited Port Fairy with your love, here’s a bit of a rundown on what to do!

Romantic accommodation is next level

Depending on your budget, Hearns Port Fairy Accommodation has lots of different options for couples seeking bright, modern and contemporary accommodation.

Nature driven couples might be happy with a simple private suite surrounded by garden, whilst some might go all out and take the beach penthouse with 180 degree ocean views.

  • Prices vary from $165 to $380 per day
  • There are suites, studios, stand-alone cottages, apartments and penthouses
  • Town accommodation has gardens and solar heated pool
  • There are ocean view properties (some with floor to ceiling windows)
  • Some properties have private beach frontage

Some of the properties have views of the ocean from the bedroom, as well as views of Lady Julia Percy Island through to Griffiths Island.

Tip: there are king beds, spas, gas log fires and…Netflix!

Hide away, or come out and play

Some couples like to hide out in a luxury villa; others like to idly while away the day in a café like Driftwood Coffee + Eatery  - whilst others prefer to share time in nature.

The beauty of Port Fairy is that the shops and restaurants, beaches, the Moyne River (which is right through town) and nature walks are all within a short drive or walk.

There’s no need to plan your day. Just do what you want, when you want.

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No kids, but lots of wildlife

No matter if you have kids or not, when you’re on a romantic getaway, you’d probably rather keen your distance from little humans.

Hearns doesn't encourage children in the couples’ accommodation for that very reason (they have other lodgings for families and groups).

The only cute critters you’re likely to come across include echidnas, wallabies and beautiful birdlife. Out to sea, you may see a whale (in winter), as well as seals and sea lions.

To further explore the diversity of the coastal landscape and wetlands, there are some gentle walking tracks https://www.portfairyaustralia.com.au/trails-and-tracks/

The infamous walk to Griffiths Island showcases diversity at every turn and has lots of beautiful spots for a memorable selfie.

An evening dinner on the wharf

Port Fairy has some of Australia’s best chefs cooking up everything from modern Australian cuisine, to Asian street food and the most spectacular fine dining.

For a romantic dinner, book a table by the window at The Wharf at Port Fairy. This stylish restaurant is located on the wharf at Moyne River, which is particularly pretty at night.

The food is Modern Australian, well matched with excellent wine, and they also serve delicious cocktails and desserts. 

More restaurants here.

Get pampered at the Port Fairy Day Spa

You should take the time to be pampered as a couple at the reputable Port Fairy Day Spa.

They have lots of amazing massages and body treatments that will help re-balance and de-stress your mind and body. The treatment rooms and absolutely beautiful and they use botanical products.

We should talk about that thing….the ring.

So, if you’re at the stage where you’d like to purchase your partner a very special piece of jewelry, or, even pop the question (how exciting!), Australia’s leading jeweler Luone is based right here in Port Fairy!

Or, if you’d rather invest in a piece of art to remember your romantic trip, the Bay of Whales Gallery has animal and bird oil paintings by world-renowned artist Brett Jarrett. The gallery is in Narrawong, just a 30 minute drive from Port Fairy.

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