Keen golfers need to schedule in a round of golf at the highly-rated Port Fairy Golf Club. With green fees of $49, this challenging, 18-hole links golf course is also wildly good value for money.
Go for a brisk walk in the briny sea air to the Griffiths Island Lighthouse: a prominent feature of the Port Fairy landscape since 1859. From town it’s a 30-minute stroll to this serene, and sometimes wind-whipped location, often frequented by wallabies.
Surfing & nature
Grom or pro, there’s a surf spot for all levels on this slice of Victorian coastline. Experienced surfers should try The Passage, a right-hand break at the old entrance to the Moyne river, or East Beach, which has right and left beach breaks; while The Lighthouse, a right-hand point break off Griffiths island, is suitable for all. East Beach also happens to be a great place to while away a sunny summer’s day, home to a crescent of white sand and invitingly calm turquoise water. See also the lovely Killarney Beach.
Fishing is a popular pastime in these parts. Make for Martin’s Point, where the river meets the ocean, and you might land bream, king george whiting or mullet. Or try your hand at beach fishing on Killarney.
Markets & shopping
Most of Port Fairy’s shops (and restaurants) are clustered around Bank and Sackville Streets. Those who love nothing more than a leisurely peruse around boutique stores will feel at home here. Pick out bespoke designs from local silversmith LUONE, rifle through the menswear and lifestyle wares at The Passage, pick up some reading material for the beach at Blarney Books and Art, or go hunting for treasures at the handful of antique stores.
There’s also a fortnightly farmers’ market held on Bank Street every other Saturday, where you’ll find fruit, veggies, flowers, honey, preserves, wine, cheese, cakes, eggs, and more.