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in a storm
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
Festival. At least 15,000 fans a day
enjoy four days and nights of music,
dance, workshops, street perform-
ances, 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
international acts and more than 100
performances across 20 stages.
A team of more than 1000 volunteers
and more than 30 local organisations
combine to stage the annual event,
which has been a complete sell-out for
more than 20 years.
FORMED by a volcano more than
30,000 years ago, Tower Hill is within
walking distance of Koroit.
The dense population of some of
Australia's most famous wildlife roam-
ing freely in a bush setting makes it a
popular destination for international
and domestic travellers. Emus and
kangaroos graze openly and koalas are
easy to find in the gum trees.
The Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre
displays the area's indigenous history.
Trained guides are available to take
visitors on tours of Tower Hill to make
sure they don't miss out on any of the
fascinating attractions on offer.
Five self-guided walks are laid out,
taking in the wetlands, vegetation
highlights and the volcanic rim.
Tower Hill has made a stunning
recovery since the early part of the
20th century after grazing, quarrying
and cropping stripped the area of
almost all its vegetation.
In 1961 it was declared a state game
reserve and re-planting of native trees
The results of this work are evident
in the bushland.
WITH Port Fairy's rich history and its
connection to numerous shipwrecks,
the maritime and shipwreck walk is
well worth a wander.
Maps are available from the town's
visitor information centre. The walk
takes in wreck sites as well as the port,
historic lifeboat station, Battery Hill
and the Casino memorial.
IN fleeing The Great Famine and
arriving in Australia, Irish settlers
managed to discover some of the best
farming real estate available.
The history of Irish immigration is
still evident in the town today. The
charm of Koroit, which is nestled
above the Tower Hill State Game
Reserve, makes it a popular destina-
tion for those wanting the warmth of
EX LIBRIS BOOK FAIR:
Each September, the Ex Libris
Book Fair appeals to book
lovers of all ages. The fair
includes sessions with visiting
authors and a huge secondhand
book sale involving local and
This year the fair will be held
from September 9 to 11.
WINTER WEEKENDS: The
atmosphere is anything but
wintry when Port Fairy hosts
its annual Winter Weekends
program from June 11 to Sep-
tember 11. Among the activities
planned for this year are an
artists' market, dinner dance,
art exhibitions, music sessions
and the annual Dachshund
PORT FAIRY WHARF
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