Port Fairy is quite close to Warrnambool, but for all intents, may be a great distance. Port Fairy is its own town and has all of the characteristics of a sleepy port and fishing town. Do not expect any raging at Port Fairy, but what you can look forward to a town steeped in history and heritage. The traveler will love Port Fairy.

John Griffiths established a whaling station in 1835 and a store was opened in 1839. In 1843, James Atkinson a Sydney solicitor, purchased land in the town by special survey. He drained the swamps, subdivided and leased the land, and built a harbour on the Moyne River. He renamed the town 'Belfast' after his hometown in Northern Ireland. The Post Office opened on July 1, 1843 as "Port Fairy" but was renamed "Belfast" on January 1, 1854 before reverting to the original name July 20, 1887.

Agriculture developed in the region, and Belfast became an important transport hub. By 1857 the town had a population of 2,190. In the mid-to-late 19th century, Belfast was one of Australia's largest ports, catering to the whaling industry. In 1887 the town went back to the original name Port Fairy, as a result of an Act of Parliament.

Port Fairy boasts the oldest continuous licensed premises in Victoria.

The other hotels are all century plus establishments.

The Port Fairy War Memorial is located at the western end of the township.

The Anglican Church is a great 150 year old classic bluestone masterpiece. The Catholic and Methodist are also over 100 years old. The Presbyterian modern.

A stroll around the waterfront, a look at the pirate brig or a trip to the beach is all on offer at the Port. Be sure to allow a couple of days and enjoy.

Heritage diary



Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course