Established by John Griffiths in the 1830’s a whaling station was built on the island. No trace can be found today. The historic lighthouse, built in 1859 by Scottish stonemasons is the pinnacle of the 400m leisurely stroll out Griffiths Island.
Return at dusk and see thousands of mutton-birds as they return home to feed their young. Migrating in September each year the Muttonbirds stay for nesting until April when the Adult birds commence their pacific migration with the chicks setting off after. Viewing platforms have been set up alongside the track to the lighthouse.
Call into the Visitor Information centre on Bank Street and pick up a historic walks map and take in the many 19th Century buildings built in many different architectural styles and from many different materials.
FISHING IN PORT FAIRY
Playing host to many recreation fishermen, the estuary has become very popular with anglers of all ages. Whatever the wind conditions are there is always a place to fish for a salmon, snapper, mullet or mulloway in the Moyne River. If the bay or ocean is your choice there is full facilities to launch you boat at Port Fairy. We sell bait and can offer you some local knowledge if you require it.
Have a swim at East Beach, one of Victoria’s pristine beaches, or join the surf school and discover how to ride one of the numerous breaks in the region.
View the lovely cottages and homes built along the river and admire the boats and yachts berthed beside you. Call in and see the Port Fairy historic lifeboat that has been restored.
ARTS & CRAFTS
Port Fairy is home to several nationally recognised artists. There are a number of art galleries and artist studios around the town to view. Fill in the day and take on the ‘Art Walk’ and visit the painter, glass artists, textile designers, printmakers and sculptors. Pick up a ‘Art Walk’ map from the Port Fairy Information Centre.
AROUND THE REGION
12km west of Port Fairy, The Crags is a rocky limestone outcrop, the cliff top provides magnificent views of Lady Julia Percy Island and the Southern Ocean.
TOWER HILL STATE GAME RESERVE
A 10-minute drive east of Port fairy will take you into an extinct volcano. Formed about 30,000 years ago you may see kangaroos, emus, koalas and many water birds. With 5 walking trails, picnic tables a history centre and the Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre the Tower Hill State Game Reserve is a great day out for any traveller. Park entry is free.
CODRINGTON WIND FARM
28 kilometres west of Port Fairy the 34 wind towers can be viewed easily from the car park and viewing platform. However, for a really impressive close-up look at the 70m towers and their rotors, you will be greatly rewarded by taking a tour.
Located only 15 minutes from Warrnambool, the 12m falls offer a relaxing picnic area, fantastic viewing platforms and excellent trout fishing.
MT ECCLES NATIONAL PARK
Created about 20,000 years ago the three main craters of Mt Eccles holds a 700m long lake known as Lake Surprise. Located 30 minutes north of Port Fairy spend the day and explore the inside of the lava cave, follow the lava canal, walk around the rim of the crater, descend into the walking trail around lake surprise, make use of the many picnic tables and take a look into the visitor information centre. During you walk keep an eye out for Koalas, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Sugar Gliders,Â Yellow-bellied Gliders, Possums, Quolls and over 68 species of recorded birdlife.
LADY JULIA PERCY ISLAND
West of Port Fairy is Lady Julia Percy Island, Australia’s only submarine volcano. Lava flows have created a flat top and sides to the island. This island is home to the largest colony of fur seals in the Southern Hemisphere. Boat trips are available from the wharf, weather permitting.