PORT FAIRY the TOWN

·    The town is a 10-15-minute walk on flat ground from the park; it is an easy stroll that many of our visitors undertake. (3 mins by car). The main shopping precinct covers Bank and Sackville Streets in the heart of town where you could easily lose an hour browsing in and out of the shops. We are lucky to have a strong and eclectic contingent of clothing stores, many fine restaurants, cafes and bakeries which will draw you in for a cake or other such delights.

·    IGA fills the towns supermarket requirements: open daily till 8.00pm (Sackville St)

·    The town has a quaint library in Sackville St that has internet service as does the Visitor Centre in Bank St.

·     History Centre: 30 Gipps St opposite the wharf. The History society was formed in 1963 as a centre for local research into the early history of the town and its pioneer families. In 1992 the society was able to negotiate the lease of the historic Courthouse building (classified by the National Trust) in Gipps Street. Much of the work of the society involves the development of the Courthouse as a museum and archives The main courtroom houses a display of the original court furniture, with figures in costume. Five other rooms contain both permanent and temporary exhibitions on themes such as the early pioneers of the district, the whaling era in Port Fairy, local shipping and wrecks along the coast. http://www.historicalsociety.port-fairy.com.  The town also has plaques on the walls giving you information on the town’s history.

Open: Saturdays, Wednesdays, Public Holidays 2.00 – 5.00 pm. Sundays, 10.30am – 12.30pm

·     Art: Port Fairy is home to a large number and variety of artists. The visitor centre has copies of the Art Walk which will take you around the town visiting many of these galleries. As well Simon O’Dwyer, renowned photographer has opened a studio in Sackville St (Perfumed Waters Gallery) and about 70m further is Wishart Gallery which is home to contemporary Australian art and intriguing antiquities

·     Wellness: Port Fairy Day Spa offers a comprehensive range of spa, beauty and therapeutic treatments designed to re-balance and de-stress your mind and body. We have $10 vouchers in reception which you can use for any treatment. They have a great reputation.

·     There is the delightful Fiddler’s Green (Cnr Bank St and Sackville St) which is a great spot to take a break, read a paper or have a chat. The information centre is opposite and a friendly source of help to all.

·     A 5-minute stroll down Bank St from the Green and a right hand turn takes you down toward the jetty, slipping down a laneway and small set of stairs you are now standing on the wharf of the Moyne River. Yachts mix freely with shipping vessels and leisure boats; you can fish (it’s a great fishing precinct on both sides of the wharf) or pause at your leisure as you move along the jetty of some 1000m. In the 1830’s this port was the second (to Sydney) largest port in Australia when whaling was at its peak.

·     This jetty slowly transforms into a slipstream taking the boats to open water. You can walk along the pier towards the entrance to Griffith Island and the Lighthouse (40 min return walk). The island, once home to a whaling station and the lighthouse keeper’s cottage is home to lots of wildlife and many sea birds, in particular the Shearwaters (mutton birds) who migrate here in September from the Baltic States to have their young and return in February/March. The walk is full of signs that explain the history and wildlife. The  extended loop route is about 45 minutes.

From the entrance of the pier it is a 25-minute stroll back to the park where you can relax in our Shearwater room, sharing a meal and conversation, watching a movie or even playing bingo or charades!

TO THE WEST

·     Time and Tide Café: Offering spectacular views of the Southern Ocean this is a delight not to be missed. Open Wednesday – Friday 12.-4 (lunch, coffee and cakes) Saturday & Sunday 12 -4pm (High Tea – call to book 5568 2134). This is special!

·     The Crags:  A short drive west of Port Fairy you will find The Crags. Crags is a wild and scenic section of the coastline with calcified tree roots, jagged outcrops and panoramic views along the coast. The rocky cliffs protect small bays and are rich in wildlife including significant Silver Gull breeding site on the eastern most island. you can view the whole reserve from the lookout including Lady Julia Percy Island offshore. The area contains many aboriginal cultural sites and places and has spiritual connections with Lady Julia Percy Island. The Crags was used over many thousands of years as a gathering, ceremonial and feasting place for Aboriginal people. Its cultural significance is listed un the National Estate of Australia.

.      Narrowing and Mount Clay State Forest:  about half an hour from Port Fairy, this magical place house the Sawpit Picnic area that feeds into walking and mountain bike riding tracks.

·     Timandra Native Garden:          Located in Narrawong (bw Port Fairy and Portland)

Winner 2014, 2016 Landscaping Victoria’s ‘The Sustainable Landscape’ Award. Timandra by the Sea is a delightful, award winning, ecotourism certified sustainable garden and is a must visit for anyone interested in gardens. Open daily from 10am – 4pm, 0418 825 625

Alison Aplin owns the garden and charges $5pp to wander through –she may do this a little cheaper for such a large group. She may also do a Devonshire tea. We could ask her if you were interested.

·     Bay of Whales Gallery:    Narrawong

Displaying some of the very best realist animal and bird paintings, the Bay of Whales Gallery showcases world class oil paintings by Brett Jarrett. His paintings are displayed in numerous private collections internationally and now for your enjoyment in Narrawong. Open Sat & Sun 10.00 -4.00pm, other times by appointment. 0414 494 707, bayofwhalesgallery@gmail.com

·     Narrawong Lavender:

Narrawong Lavender has been growing and distilling lavender since 1999. Their 100% pure oil is used exclusively in all their varied products. It is distilled with a wood fire furnace; irrigation and pesticides are not used. Seasonal: Nov to March. Open select days. 0407 052 481, clyde@narrawonglavender.com

·     Budg Bim: (or Mount Eccles) is an extinct volcano near Macarthur in southwestern Victoria.  This area includes the Mount Eccles National Park and the Condah Mission Station at Lake Condah on Darlot Creek to the west. World Heritage Listing has been applied for and the outcome is expected to be announced in November 2017. They run tours every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and by appointment, but it is open every day. We can recommend the tours – call Eileen 0458 999 315. Lovely walks, take a picnic.

·     Suffoir Winery & Brewery: Macarthur, approx. ½ hr from Port Fairy. Thisboutique family owned and operated vineyard and cellar door These people are very keen to be involved in tourism and would be very keen to assist.

·     Byaduc Caves: near Macarthur –Lava Tubes

TO THE EAST

·     Sandy beach fronts on east beach to explore toward Killarney

·     Basalt Winery:     Killarney, 10 mins from Port Fairy

Basalt Winery is a boutique vineyard & cellar door.  Shane from Basalt wines would love to have you come out to his winery and will do  – tastings $5pp, tapas meal -$25pp. If you decide to do this, and you think people may purchase some wine, I think we could negotiate these prices.

·     Tower Hill is about 10 mins east of Port Fairy on the Princes Highway.

It is one of the most fascinating geological formations in Victoria andhas an important place in local Aboriginal history. See koalas, kangaroos, emus and other wildlife, in the wild.  They have tours, boomerang throwing, wattle ice-cream but you can go at any time and there are some lovely walks.  0428 318 876,  towerhill@worngundidj.org.au, www.towerhill.org.au/

·     Straw Bale House and Eco Sanctuary: – Rosebrook (5mins east of PF)

Situated on 6 tranquil acres in Rosebrook near the coastal town of Port Fairy in South West Victoria, Nature’s Way Eco Sanctuary opens the door to Sustainable Living. Tina & Arthur Stubbs spent 5 years building their straw bale house, finished in 2015; they happily welcome guest to their property to view their house and their other sustainable living practices. (03) 5568 1240, info@natureswayecosanctuary.com.au

·     Killarney Beach: about 8 mins east of PF; great for beach fishing, swimming, snorkeling.

·     Second hand/antiques store on the highway at Killarney