Accommodation in Port Fairy

Port Fairy is one of Victoria's oldest ports, dating from the 1820s when the cutter "Fairy" sailed into the Moyne River mouth looking for a safe harbour. In the years that followed, whalers and sealers made camps in the area and by the mid 1840s the town had grown, known as Belfast until 1887 when the name was officially changed to Port Fairy. Many Irish immigrants, fleeing the potato famine, made their home in the area and earned a living by fishing, farming and grazing.

Port Fairy

Located 290 kilometres west of Melbourne along the Shipwreck Coast, Port Fairy is a picturesque seaside town with many historic stone buildings set among the elegant Norfolk pines. Take a stroll among the town's 50 heritage buildings classified by the National Trust including the original Court House, built in 1859-60, which now serves as the Port Fairy History Centre , housing extensive local archives and a museum.

Visitors enjoy safe swimming beaches, fine restaurants, hotels, pubs, galleries and artists' studios. Take a stroll to the wharf where pleasure boats moor and the fishing fleet sells their catch of shark, squid, scallop, abalone, crayfish or barracouta, depending on the season. A 400 metre walk will bring you to Port Fairy's bluestone lighthouse or take a cruise to see the seal colony at Lady Julia Percy Island. Click to view a selection of Tours and Activities in Great Ocean Road Region

During the winter months there are whale watching tours. In March experience the four-day Port Fairy Folk Festival  over Labour Day weekend that brings thousands of visitors and performers from around the world.

Lodging and Accommodation in Port Fairy

Central Motel Port FairyCentral Motel in Port Fairy

The Central Motel is a quaint bluestone building located in a quiet lane way off of Sackville Street, the main street of Port Fairy. Enjoy affordable 3.5 star accommodation set in landscaped gardens and relax by the outdoor barbecue.

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