6 free things to do in Port Fairy

Located right at the end of the Great Ocean Road, the historic seaside town of Port Fairy has so much to see and do, even for those watching their wallet.

Watch the sun rise and set

Due to its unique location along the Victorian coastline, you can see the sun rise and set over the water at Port Fairy. Head to Griffiths Island or East Beach to see the sun rise and head west past Griffiths Island to the Passage for dramatic sunsets.

Sunset at the Passage, near Port Fairy YHA

Explore Griffiths Island

Speaking of Griffiths Island, there’s more to it than just the Port Fairy Lighthouse. Keep an eye out and you’ll spot wallabies, muttonbirds and other cute and adorable Australian wildlife, plus the 1km loop trail is an easy but enjoyable picturesque walk.

Griffiths Island Lighthouse near Port Fairy YHA

Hang out at East Beach

Surf’s up baby! Port Fairy’s main beach is perfect for surfers or those wanting to learn to surf, stand up paddle boarders, boogie boarders or for people who just want to splash around in the shallows. You can easily spend the day here not doing much at all.

Calm East Beach, near Port Fairy YHA

Walk the water front

Port Fairy has a stunning harbour district and it’s the perfect place for a romantic stroll with your loved one – it’s also a great spot for sunset! Keep an eye out for Sammi the seal, the town’s local seal. Look but don’t touch, he’s feisty!

Port Fairy waterfront is a short walk from Port Fairy YHA

Get arty

Charming Port Fairy is also the home of numerous artists and art galleries, so if you feel like getting a bit of culture and art while in town, you won’t have to look far.

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Nature galore at Tower Hill

20 minutes outside of Port Fairy, hike the numerous trails that this gorgeous state park has to offer, spot sleepy koalas and bouncy kangaroos and make sure that the emus that call Tower Hill home don’t steal your lunch! Definitely don’t miss this one.

Spotting emus at Tower Hill

Where to stay

Located in the heart of town, Port Fairy YHA is the place to stay. This heritage listed building has a variety of multi share and private room types including a self-contained apartment, which is perfect for a getaway with a group of friends or a few couples looking for a romantic weekend away. Make sure you book yourself into Port Fairy YHA today! 

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    Port Fairy YHA
    Port Fairy YHA is a heritage listed cottage situated in charming and historic Port Fairy at the end of the Great Ocean Road. Relax by the open fireplace after a day of exploring a piece of Victoria's history.
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