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Region offers wealth of
THEPort Fairy region is blessed with
spectacular coastal and hinterland
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
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 remains. Visitors should take a
walk around the town and venture to
Griffiths Island. It is at the mouth of
the Moyne River at the southern end
of town and is linked to the coast via a
It is home to a large colony of mut-
ton birds, which can be viewed at dusk
during the warmer months, as well as a
In the town centre, historic build-
ings and quaint cottages line the
streets and a picturesque fishing wharf
sits nestled on the Moyne River.
The town offers museums, art
galleries 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
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.
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