Everything you need to know about the last stop on the Great Ocean Road: Port Fairy – what to do, where to stay and, most importantly, where to eat.
What to do
Salty Dog Charters: Dan Hoey’s fishing charters are the best way to snag a whopper and get close to whales, seals, dolphins and the odd shark, too.
Griffith Island Walk: This ruggedly beautiful, hour-long walk takes in secluded beaches, a shearwater colony and the 1859 lighthouse.
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve: Set in an extinct volcano with striking scenery, the reserve is home to emus, koalas and abundant birdlife, plus you can learn about the region’s rich Aboriginal history via guided hikes.
Port Fairy Surf School: Operating year-round, the school offers surfing lessons, snorkelling and kayak trips.
Where to eat
The Stag: Highly awarded chef Ryan Sessions elevates local produce to creatively delicious new heights. 22 Sackville Street, Port Fairy.
The Farmer’s Wife: Set back from the street, this hidden gem is the top pick for inventive cafe fare and great coffee. 47 Sackville Street, Port Fairy.
Basalt Wines: Pretty cellar door with local charcuterie and cheese. 1131 Princes Highway, Killarney.
Coffin Sally: Always buzzing, this stylish pizzeria and bar nails great cocktails and a laid-back holiday vibe. 33 Sackville Street, Port Fairy.
Where to stay
Drift House: Contemporary restoration of a classic two-storey 1850s bluestone manor with luxurious finishes, delicious locally sourced breakfast hamper and designer touches aplenty. 98 Gipps Street, Port Fairy.
The Merrijig Inn: This cosy, historic B&B feels a little like staying with your quirky, worldly, gastronome aunt. Dine on homegrown produce and savour a cooked breakfast in the sunny, garden-facing atrium. 1 Campbell Street, Port Fairy.
How to get there
Port Fairy is located 289 kilometres west of Melbourne at the end of the Great Ocean Road.
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