"Port Fairy - at the end of the Great Ocean Road" Top 5 Page for this destination Port Fairy by Kate-Me

Port Fairy Travel Guide: 48 reviews and 104 photos

Port Fairy is a small seaside town (these days they're calling it a 'seaside village) at the end of the Great Ocean Road, about 30 kms west of its much larger cousin, the city of Warrnambool.
I'd never been there before, or remembered passing through, or I would have stopped for a closer look, as many of the buildings in the centre of town and towards the waterfront are quite historic (by Australian standards - some 1850's). Indeed, a sign at the entrance to the town says that there are 50 historic/heritage buildings in the town.

At the beach, the part of the shoreline we visited is rather rocky, and seems to be a popular surfing spot.
There are swimming beaches too, though we didn't have time to go and check them out.

Port Fairy's main claim to fame is that every year it has been holding its nationally famous, long running Folk Music festival.
Numbers for 2002 were stated at around 65,000 visitors, to give you an idea of the size of it.
(see www.portfairyfolkfestival.com for more info.)
The 2004 festival, (its 28th) which was held at the beginning of March, featured 22 international and 100 national performers over 300 performances.

At nearby Koroit, there is also another important event, the annual Irish Festival.
While Irish heritage in Australia is extremely common, large festivals such as this to celebrate it aren't, so this is one reason why it's so special, I guess.
It's being held from April 30, 2004 till May 1, including Irish history, music and dance.
Port Fairy also has its fair share of Irish heritage, which seems to become increasingly evident during the Folk Festival (many celtic/irish performers and an Irish pub or two)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:By the sea, seafaring history, surf beach
  • Cons:a little off the beaten track and forgotten
  • In a nutshell:Worth remembering it's there! Charming seaside town with many historic stone buildings
  • Last visit to Port Fairy: Jan 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2006 at 4:28 AM

    Gr8 waves & 3 bookshops..., woohoooo! Must include this place on our great ocean road itinerary next January!

  • lou31's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2006 at 2:46 PM

    Lovely page...seems a nice place. I like the sound of the milkshake! I've heard of them before...must try one.

  • SallyJesseRaphael's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2005 at 9:22 PM

    Great page... you should be in the top 5... have added my votes for you!

  • jesscamacho's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2005 at 3:25 AM

    Yum. Milkshakes!

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2005 at 5:59 AM

    Kate, Thanks for the info on Port Fairy... I had a short stay (2 hours), but will be heading back soon!

  • EllenH's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2004 at 1:53 PM

    Hey I had breakfast at the Belfast bakery. I too was taken by the houses and buildings in this area. Was one of my favorite towns in my short trip to Australia.

  • belgianchocolate's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2004 at 4:54 AM

    Blue Heaven milkshake sounds great. ;-) For some reason the openingspicture reminds me of county dublin , Skerries. Same architecture and colors. Also near the sea.


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