Pete Seaward

Port Fairy

Established as a whaling and sealing station in 1833, Port Fairy has retained its historic 19th-century maritime charm. Here it's all about heritage bluestone and sandstone buildings, whitewashed cottages, colourful fishing boats and wide, tree-lined streets.

There are also several nice beaches, surfing, fishing and plenty of wildlife to see. And then there are the festivals, a packed schedule of events throughout the year, most notably the Port Fairy Folk Festival in March.

In 2012 the town was voted the world's most liveable small community, and it's not hard to see why.

The Gunditjmara are the traditional custodians of this southwestern Victorian region.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Port Fairy.