Home' Great Southern Tourist News : March 2011 Contents PIONEER DINNER:
The Port Fairy Histor-
ical Society will hold
its annual Pioneer
Dinner on Saturday,
The dinner is open
to the public and
celebrates the work
of Port Fairy and
TITANIC WEEKEND: To
celebrate the centenary of the
launch of the Titanic in Belfast,
Northern Ireland in 1911, Port
Fairy is holding a Titanic Week-
end on May 28-29. The Titanic
has become the most famous
shipwreck in the world and the
town of Port Fairy, which was
named Belfast from 1843 to 1887,
has some things in common.
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Explore the history
THE Port Fairy region is blessed
with spectacular coastal and hin-
terland scenery. Wildlife teems in
the ocean, the air and on land.
Amid nature's bounty are
nestled a handful of towns that remind
visitors of simpler times, but still
manage to deliver a range of sporting
and cultural opportunities.
PORT Fairy is one of the earliest-
pioneered areas in Victoria and is
located less than half an hour's drive
from the coastal city of Warrnambool.
It was renamed Belfast in 1854, before
reverting to its original name in 1887.
Whaling and sealing were the
primary industries at the time and
some of the architecture of the era
Visitors should take a walk around
the town and venture to Griffiths
It is at the mouth of the Moyne River
at the southern end of town and is
linked to the coast via a pedestrian
It is home to a large colony of mutton
birds, which can be viewed at dusk
during the warmer months, as well as
an historic lighthouse.
In the town centre, historic buildings
and quaint cottages line the streets
and a picturesque fishing wharf sits
nestled on the Moyne River.
The town offers museums, art gal-
leries and several historic pubs with
plenty of atmosphere.
If sport is more your thing, you can
test your skills at the town's highly
regarded golf course, grab a fishing
rod, swim at the indoor pool or paddle
out in the local surf.
The small fishing village stages
the biggest event in the south-west
region each year --- the Port Fairy Folk
At least 15,000 fans a day enjoy
four days and nights of music, dance,
workshops, street performances,
theatre, busking and craft fairs.
Each year on the March Labour Day
weekend, the town's population swells
to five times its normal size.
The 2011 festival had more than 20
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