Regular trains run from Southern Cross Station to Warrnambool. From Warrnambool station, catch the connecting bus to Port Fairy. The bus stop outside the Port Fairy Visitor Centre is 300m from the hostel.
Buses from Melbourne, Warrnambool, Ballarat, Mt Gambier, Grampians and Apollo Bay stop at the Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre. The bus stop is located 300m from the hostel.
Call the hostel directly for information on timetables.
This charming fishing village is a must see. Port Fairy is located at the end of the iconic Great Ocean Road and is one of the busiest fishing ports in Victoria. Watch the fishermen unload their catch for the day and wander the wide streets lined with quaint nineteenth century cottages including our own YHA!
A piece of Victorian history and former home to the town founder, Port Fairy YHA is one of the oldest heritage buildings in the seaside town. Ideally located, the hostel is walking distance to the town centre, lovely restaurants serving fresh locally caught seafood, beautiful beaches and picturesque Griffith Island Lighthouse. The hostel is your comfortable home away from home with an open fire place, pool table, cosy rooms, free Wi-Fi hotspot, friendly managers and free boogy board and fishing gear hire.
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Andrew and Stephanie from Wanderlustaussies recommend these activities when you’re in Port Fairy:
Hire a bike for the day from Daktari Surf & Dive and explore the town of Port Fairy. If you feel like a long ride, you can take the old rail trail (36km return) where you will see animals in the paddocks. Be warned you may encounter many flies. Our tip is to wear insect repellent and lather up with plenty of sunscreen. You can also ride to the lighthouse along the gravel track and explore the streets leading to the beaches.
Head along the wharf and beach and enjoy the crystal clear water along the way. In the evening, as the sun sets ,Griffiths Island is also a popular spot to watch the mutton birds migrate back to their nesting areas. It really is a spectacular natural phenomena as the flocks of birds create a beautiful silhouette as they fly home.
Walk the streets in the town centre and treat yourself to a gelato at POCO. They close at 9pm and the line gets quite busy from 8pm, so try to get there a little earlier. It is well worth the wait! There are also many boutiques to explore in Port Fairy but be sure to get there before 4pm before they close up for the day.
It’s best to go the Grampians for a night or two (and stay at the Grampians YHA of course!), but if a day trip is all you can spare, take a drive to the Grampians National Park (4 hours return) and enjoy the fantastic walks and waterfalls. We drove to Halls Gap and hiked to the Pinnacle (4km return) and then to Mackenzie falls (2km return).
9:00am to 11:00am and 5:00pm to 10:00pm (peak)
9:00am to 11:00am and 4:00pm to 9:00pm (off peak)
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Enjoy historic buildings, antiques and art galleries, shops, good food and popular music festivals. See the Australian wildlife at Tower Hill, walk to the lighthouse to see the mutton birds (summer) and view the whales and seals nearby. Port Fairy has all this and more located nearby to the hostel.
Mingle with the locals! Port Fairy YHA is located close to four great pubs in the town centre. Watch closely as the sun goes down for great viewing opportunities of the beautiful Australian wildlife.
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