Less Than a 1 Hour Drive
The Crags, 12 km west of Port Fairy, features rocky cliffs, spectacular ocean views and the perfect viewing location to the volcanic Lady Julia Percy Island.
Tower Hill State Wildlife Reserve is nestled in an extinct volcano, a 10 minute drive from Port Fairy. At Tower Hill you may see kangaroos, koalas, emus, echidnas, possums and waterbirds. Five walking trails, picnic area, birdhide, natural history centre and Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre are all features of the park. Park entry is free.
Codrington Wind Farm, the first wind farm in Victoria. Located only 20 minutes from Port Fairy with 14 towers.
Timandra Garden by the Sea, Winner of the Landscaping Victoria’s ‘The Sustainable Landscape’ Award in 2014 and 2016. 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. The passionate owner of this incredible garden is Alison Aplin. (Eco nature based tourism and ATAP Quality Tourism accreditations). Entrance fee $10 per adult, $5 concession and children under 16 are free. www.timandrabythesea.com.au
Whale watching in Warrnambool and Port Fairy. Warrnambool is regarded as the Southern Right Whale nursery of the South-west. The whales return to the warm bays of the Southern Ocean in June to have their young and stay until mid September. Often the whales and their calves can be seen off East Beach in Port Fairy once the calves are experienced enough to travel.
Hopkins Falls, 12m falls on the Hopkins River, are an important waterway for eels during migration. Located only 15 minutes from Warrnambool, Hopkins Falls offers excellent fishing, a picnic area, and scenic lookouts.
Portland, the Birthplace of Victoria, is the oldest European settlement in Victoria. The city is located on Portland Bay and is the only deepwater commercial port between Melbourne and Adelaide. Only 30 minutes drive from Port Fairy, Portland offers historic streetscapes with specialty shops, restaurants and cafes.
Mt Eccles National Park and Lake Surprise. Mt Eccles is approximately 30 minutes from Port Fairy. You may see Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Koalas, Sugar Gliders, Yellow-bellied Gliders, Possums, Quolls, Brush-tailed Phascogales, Dusky Antechinus and Swamp Antechinus and over 68 species of recorded birdlife. Walking trails, picnic grounds, swimming in Lake Surprise (the crater of the volcano), camping and the Byaduk Caves (one of the most extensive lava caves in Australia) are all features of the park. Park entry is free.
Loch Ard Gorge in Port Campbell National Park features towering cliffs with walking trails and storyboards, Wreck Lookout, and walking track access to the sandy beach and cave below (steep steps). The gorge is named after the clipper ship Loch Ard that wrecked off Muttonbird Island on June 1, 1878, leaving 58 dead and 2 survivors. Loch Ard Gorge is less than a 45 minute drive from Port Fairy.
The 12 Apostles in Port Campbell National Park are giant limestone sea stacks in the Southern Ocean only 45 minutes from Port Fairy. Breathtaking views from the viewing platforms. The Twelve Apostles is the main tourist attraction in the park with over 1 million visitors annually.
Less Than a 2 Hour Drive
Halls Gap is the ideal destination for those that appreciate nature. Located in the heart of the Grampians, breathtaking beauty surrounds the town. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy: abseiling, cycling, fishing, hiking, horse riding, rock climbing, walking.
The Grampians National Park is renowned for its mountain ranges and beautiful wildflowers. The Grampians is a 168,000 ha park that features walking trails, waterfalls, picnic areas, forests, woodlands, swampland, over 800 indigenous plant species, birdlife, and over 40 species of mammals including echidnas, kangaroos, koalas, gliders, possums and wallabies.