Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Port Fairy

Port Fairy is in the state of Victoria and is situated on the southern coast of Australia, along the Great Ocean Road. It features one of the most spectacular beaches you will ever see, that seems to stretch on forever, as do the beautiful slow sunsets in the evening. Do not miss this place on your next adventure along the Great Ocean Road!

Port Fairy is a Victorian coastal town that lies at the mouth of the Moyne River, on a headland east of Portland Bay. A settlement was established there in 1835 called Belfast for a time until it was renamed for a ship, the Fairy, that had sheltered in its harbour in 1810. Port Fairy became Victoria’s first municipality (1852) and was proclaimed a borough in 1863.

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Port Fairy

Connected to Melbourne (240 km northeast) and Adelaide by road and rail, it is a regional agricultural centre (sheep, cattle, dairying, and vegetable farming). Industries include engineering, food processing, and the production of bluestone products and antibiotics.

Port Fairy is also a resort, and its harbour, which served as a whaling station in the 19th century, is now the base of a large fishing fleet. Nearby are Battery Hill (an old fort), the extinct volcanoes Tower Hill and Mount Eccles, and seal and muttonbird rookeries. But perhaps it biggest attraction, is the magnificent beach. Think Bondi Beach, only bigger, and better.

If you love long walks along the beach, or swimming in great shallows then this is the beach for you. Port Fairy beach is almost breathtaking when you first see is great expanse. The beach is deep too, creating very shallow waters with gentle waves, it is perhaps 20-25 metres from the roadside to water, and that water remains shallow for another 25 metres or so.

When I was in Port Fairy for the first time, it was a family holiday and we arrived late afternoon and after a long day in the car, we all needed a walk and the beach was the ideal place to do so. As the sun started to set, the opportunity opened up to capture some images. Then next day we got to enjoy the food festival and on the weekend of our visit a Hot Rod show at the showground.

Port airy has a number of great food places too, so great coffee is easy to come by, the shopping district is an easy stroll form just about anywhere in town, and great produce is available at the food festival which I believe happens regularly. It is one of Australia’s most beautiful beach side locations, and well worth the time to get to for your next family holiday.

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