Port Fairy

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Port Fairy
38°23.288'S, 142°15.062'E Chart icon.png
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Captain James Wishart named the area after his cutter 'The Fairy'. It is believed that as early as 1810, but more likely 1827-28, Wishart and two seamen named the unsettled area when sailing up the Moyne River in search of fresh water.

The area attracted many sealers, whalers and seamen during the early part of the nineteenth century. A whaling station was established on the island at the river mouth by Penny and Reiby and in 1835 it was purchased by John Griffiths. The island now bears his name.

The whalers were so successful during those years that by the 1840s the supply of whales was exhausted and the whaling station closed. During the 1830s some of the seamen, such as Griffiths, Charles Mills and Alexander Campbell began to settle the land. It was during the 1840s that Port Fairy began to flourish as a town.

As of the 2006 census, Port Fairy had a population of 2600.


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See also Victoria.


See also Victoria.


See Victoria.


  • Griffiths Island
  • Lady Julia Percy Island


See Victoria.


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Marinas & Yacht Clubs


The shallow bay just round the point to the north of the Paradise Cove entrance (east of Griffith Street) looks protected enough, depending on weather. Otherwise, sail into the Moyne River and drop anchor off from the private marina.


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Internet May get an open WiFi network from the marina development
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Vehicle rentals Closest is Hire Cars of Warrnambool, in Koroit


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Places to Visit

The annual Port Fairy Folk Festival in March is huge, and well worth seeing.


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See Australia.


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