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Overview

Port Fairy

Uncover history in every corner of this charming fishing village at the end of the Great Ocean Road. The last destination on Victoria's famed Shipwreck Coast, Port Fairy boasts wide streets lined with nineteenth century cottages, great Norfolk pines and old stone churches. Join in the fun of the Port Fairy Folk Festival and buzzing local art scene, get active in the water, and see native animals in the wild, from southern right whales, seals and dolphins to wallabies, kangaroos and emus.

Along the coast

Take a walk down to the local port, one of the busiest fishing ports in Victoria, and watch as the fishermen unload their catch of crayfish and abalone. From the wharf you can head out to sea on a guided fishing trip or take a cruise out to the seal colony on Lady Julia Percy Island. Keep an eye out for breaching southern right whales off Port Fairy's coast during the winter months, when the whales come in to mate and calve.

Try something new in the water during the summer months. Join a surfing class or get the lowdown on stand up paddle boarding, one of the fastest growing water sports in the country.

Sight, sound and flavour

Port Fairy is a town in love with the arts. Peruse the diverse array of boutiques, antique stores, and art and craft shops scattered throughout the town. Get swept up in the excitement of the Port Fairy Folk Festival, one of Australia's largest music festivals, held each year in March. Or you can relax and enjoy the fine food and wine on offer at one of the many great pubs, cafes and restaurants. For a sample of the best of the region's produce, pop in to the renowned Merrigig Kitchen Inn.

Heritage walks

With many fine examples of 1800s architecture and more than 50 buildings classified by the National Trust, Port Fairy is the perfect holiday spot for history buffs. Follow one of the historic walking trails and discover charming, fully restored white-washed cottages built by whalers and seamen beside Georgian-style merchants' homes and grand public buildings. Learn about the local maritime history on the Port Fairy Maritime and Shipwreck Heritage Walk.

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Things to do

Port Fairy

Tour operator

Port Fairy Surf School / Daktari Sport

Get a taste of surfing at the end of the Great Ocean Road on Port Fairy's or Warrnambool's fantastic white sandy beaches with Port Fairy Surf School....

National parks & reserves

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.

Restaurants

Merrijig Kitchen

Book for a memorable experience with outstanding local wines and a daily-changing menu of seasonal produce that's locally sourced and French inspired.

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Water sports

Surfing

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Nature & wildlife

Wildlife

See amazing wildlife in the Great Ocean Road region from whale watching to spotting koalas, seals, kangaroos and the elusive platypus.

Outdoor activities

Fishing

Target snapper, tuna and kingfish along some of the best ocean fishing grounds along the Great Ocean Road or cast a line for river bream or whiting.

Food & wine

Restaurants

Dine at one of the Great Ocean Road region's restaurants serving fresh seafood straight from the ocean and fantastic locally grown produce.