East Beach Port Fairy with views of the Lighthouse on Griffiths Island

Port Fairy

We know you'll enjoy your stay in Port Fairy. There's something for everyone.

Historic Port Fairy

Many of the buildings from Port Fairy's boom era remain with over 50 being heritage listed. For our visitors this means you can still enjoy the atmosphere of the historic sea port whilst staying in the modern comfort of Central Motel.

Beautiful beaches

Whether you enjoy surfing and bodyboarding, fossicking in rockpools, paddling in calm waters, or strolling along the shores of the fabulous Southern Ocean, Port Fairy has a beach for you. All are withing easy reach of Central Motel.

The calm and protected Peas Soup Beach is the ideal choice for young families whilst older 'kids' will enjoy catching a well formed wave off East Beach.

Busy River Port

The wharf at Port Fairy is always busy and interesting with fishing vessels, cruise boats, historic wooden boats and luxury yachts all calling Port Fairy 'home'. A great place to visit and for a walk day or evening.


Port Fairy is fabulous for fishing. You can sit by the Moyne River and dangle a line, do some surf surfing of the beach, fish of the rocks on Griffith Island or head out to sea on a fishing charter to catch a really big one. Enjoy your catch with a barbecue in the garden back at Central Motel. For information on boat charters, contact Russell & Lyn at Port Fairy Boat Charters.

Griffith Island and the Lighthouse

Griffith Island provides is an enjoyable spot for fishing, walking and riding with paths along the river and to the lighthouse. For those after a longer more strenuous walk, take the coastal path to the loghthouse. The lighthouse dates back to 1859.

Shearwater Colonies

Griffith Island is inhabited by thousand of Shearwater (mutton birds). Each year the birds return in September to breed and remain until April when they depart on their 15,000km journey to Alaska and back. Each evening at sundown the adult birds return to their nests; a wonderful display which can be seen from the viewing platform on the island.

Golf Links

Consistently ranked in Golf Australia's 'Best 25 Public Access Courses in Australia'. What more can we say? Visit the Port Fairy Golf Club website for details.

Yes, we do welcome Golfing Groups.




Day Trips

The Crags

Only 12 km west of Port Fairy and features rocky cliffs, spectacular Southern Ocean views and of the volcanic Lady Julia Percy Island.

Tower Hill Game Reserve

Only a 10 minute drive from Port Fairy, Tower Hill is an extinct volcano. You will see kangaroos, koalas, emus, echidnas, possums and waterbirds.  Five walking trails, picnic area, birdhide, natural history centre and Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre.  Park entry is free.

Codrington Wind Farm

The first wind farm in Victoria.  Located only 20 minutes from Port Fairy it is now part of a larger wind farm area .  Certainly worth a look.

Whale watching

Warrnambool is regarded as the Southern Right Whale nursery of the South-west.  The whales return to the warm bays of the Southern Ocean in June to have their young and stay until mid September.  Often the whales and their calves can be seen off East Beach in Port Fairy once the calves are experienced enough to travel.


Portland, the ‘Birthplace of Victoria', is the oldest European settlement in Victoria.  The city is located on Portland Bay and is the only deepwater commercial port between Melbourne and Adelaide.  Only 45 minutes drive from Port Fairy.

Mt Eccles National Park and Lake Surprise

Mt Eccles is approximately 30 minutes from Port Fairy.  Walking trails, picnic grounds, swimming in Lake Surprise (the crater of the volcano), camping and the Byaduk Caves (one of the most extensive lava caves in Australia)  are all features of the park.  Park entry is free.

The 12 Apostles in Port Campbell National Park

These famous limestone sea stacks in the Southern Ocean are only 45 minutes from Port Fairy.  Breathtaking views from the viewing platforms. The Twelve Apostles is the main tourist attraction in the park which includes Loch Ard Gorge and the Bay of Islands.  


Other longer but easy day trips from Port Fairy:

  • Halls Gap and The Grampians National Park
  • Coonawarra wine region
  • Nelson
  • Mt Gambia and the Blue Lake
  • Princes Margaret Rose Caves

Look what our guests say about us!!

Lovely place, Everything is just perfect. Hazel & Ron
By far the best stay in Victoria. We loved the room. We had the best sleep since coming to Australia. Sue & Cliff

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PO Box 73
Port Fairy   3284
Victoria   Australia

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