Backpacking Port Fairy

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    PORT FAIRY IS A NICE PLACE TO STOP AT ALONG THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    EXPLORE THE RUGGED COASTLINE NEAR PORT FAIRY: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    NEARBY TOWER HILL WILDLIFE RESERVE IS AN EXCELLENT PLACE TO SPOT LOCAL WILDLIFE: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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Port Fairy Highlights

  • Take one of Australia's most scenic drives - the Great Ocean Road, which goes through some of Victoria's most stunning scenery, including the famous 12 Apostles.

  • Some good surfing location can be found around here.

  • Between May and September, many tourists flock to Port Fairy and surrounding areas to see the Southern Right Whales return to the area to breed.

  • Visit the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve to see local wildlife such as koalas, emus, kangaroos, echidnas and water birds.

  • Head to The Crags for panoramic views along Port Fairy's sweeping rugged coastline and views out to Julia Percy Island.

  • Take a boat tour to Lady Julia Percy Island, which is home to mutton bird colonies, fairy penguins, sea birds, crayfish and sharks and the largest colonies of fur seals in the southern hemisphere at around 23,000.

  • See thousands of Shearwater birds on Griffith Island.

  • Attend the Port Fairy Folk Festival for a unique line-up of International and National artists performing folk roots, blues, jazz, bluegrass, celtic roots, crossroads country and rock, and music of the world.

About Port Fairy

Population 2,600

The small fishing village of Port Fairy was one of the first settlements in Victoria and was established in 1843. Port Fairy was one of the busiest ports in Australia after Sydney and was used for loading ships with wool bound for England and today it is still a busy fishing port. The town has dozens of historical buildings, many classified by the National Trust.
 


Other activities available include exploring Griffiths Island, where thousands of mutton birds fly in at dusk to feed their young. Take a cruise to Lady Julia Percy Island, where there is one of the largest colonies of seals in southern Australia.

There is also the Port Fairy Folk Festival, which is held on the Labour Day Long weekend each year and attracts thousands of visitors from interstate and overseas.

Orientation Map for Port Fairy


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Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre

Railway Place, Bank St
Port Fairy, Victoria
Phone 1300 656 564
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