Port Fairy



Port Fairy is a coastal town in the Great Ocean Road region of Victoria that offers both an open surf beach area plus a harbour and river area. Port Fairy has a population of approximately 2700 people.

Port Fairy is actually on the Princes Highway where the Moyne River meets the ocean in the Shire of Moyne. Just 30 kilometres west of Warrnambool and 290 kilometres from Melbourne, Port Fairy was first settled around the 1830s but was originally named Belfast.

In 1887 Port Fairy became the name of the town as a result of an Act of Parliament.

In 1890, what is now the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail, was opened as a rail link to Port Fairy from Warrnambool, but closed in 1977.

Today the main industries of Port Fairy are tourism and fishing, and when fishing fleets are mentioned Port Fairy instantly becomes spoken of, as the size of the fleet at Port Fairy is one of Victoria's largest.

Port Fairy was voted as one of the world's most livable towns for a population under 20,000 in 2012.

With a rich history and over 50 buildings protected by the National Trust of Australia, Port Fairy has maintained its original charm and character.

Well known for the Port Fairy Folk Festival, which is held during the Labour Day long weekend in March each year, Port Fairy attracts many visitors every season of every year, but particularly on the first weekend in March. The festival has run continuously since 1977. The other major celebration in Port Fairy is the Moyneyana festival, held over summer from Christmas Eve to 26 January.

Pet friendly accommodation in Port Fairy consists of pet friendly cottages, pet friendly bed and breakfasts, pet friendly caravan parks, pet friendly guest houses pet friendly beach houses and pet friendly cabins.

Port Fairy also boasts a number of pet services which include pet food outlets, pet supplies and accessories retailers, Port Fairy vets, farriers, horse dentists, horse riding opportunities, Port Fairy pet transport operators, dog grooming and washing services, boarding kennels, pet breeders, Port Fairy pet friendly dining venues, photography and artists studios, and yes, you will find pet insurance agents in Port Fairy as well.

Port Fairy is truly a beautiful old town with a vibrant but relaxed atmosphere, and the people of Port Fairy are so welcoming to visitors. So why don't you take the first opportunity to head to Port Fairy and make some of your very own Port Fairy memories.

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