Port Fairy is an old fishing port about 300km west of Melbourne on the south coast of Australia. As one of the oldest settlements in Australia with over 50 historic buildings dating back to the 1840’s and located on a stunning stretch of coast, its the perfect place to escape from the big city for a relaxing break. This Hotels Fairy guide tells you all you need to know about visiting Port Fairy.
Port Fairy Hotels and Accommodation
There is wide range of accommodation in Port Fairy ranging from backpackers hostels up to luxury hotels on sea front. For great value accommodation, try the popular Comfort Inn Hotel Port Fairy, which is one of the oldest hotels in Australia and boasts a luxurious 4 stars for as little as AUS$93/night for a double room.
If you prefer to self cater then there are some great apartments to rent around town including 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units at the Victoria Apartments and the stunning beach front studios at the Port Fairy ‘Cottages for Couples’ if you fancy some romance and luxury.
Things to do in Port Fairy
The first thing you have to do in Port Fairy is head down to East Beach for some sun and sand. The beach is patrolled so its safe to swim and board, and if you go at the weekend its the perfect spot from, which to watch the keel boats and sail boards race.
Of course, Port Fairy is still a thriving fishing port and you can’t visit without a stroll around Fisherman’s Wharf where you can experience the sight, sound and of course the smell of the fishing boards bringing their catch. If you fancy a go yourself the you can have a go at sea fishing from the wharf, but you must first get a license from the Port Fairy Sports and Toy’s on Sackville street.
One of the attractions of Port Fairy is its stunning natural beauty with rich wildlife including Pelicans and Shearwaters. The best time to for bird spotting is in the winter so bring your binoculars and camera to make the most of it.
Where to Eat
After all that you must be getting really hungry and Port Fairy will not disappoint with a huge selection of restaurants ranging from sea food and home style cooking to Chinese and Italian. Most restaurants are located on Bank Street and Commercial Road but you’ll also fine some on Sackville Street including the Seafood Cafe.
When to visit Port Fairy
The best time to visit Port Fairy is during one of its festivals so that you can enjoy the fantastic atmosphere. Annual festivals include the Folk Festival in March, the Spring Music Festival in October, Tarerer in November celebrating indigenous culture, and the Moyea summer festival in December and January. Be sure that you book early though as the best Port Fairy Hotels can get booked up during the festivals,
If you’re visiting Port Fairy to enjoy the tranquillity and wildlife then winter is the best time as the crowds are low and the bird life is most abundant.
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Photo credit: Anne Beaumont