I was born in Port Fairy and lived there until I was 17, when I moved to the big smoke to study graphic design at RMIT. I try to get home every couple of months to see my family, have some room to relax and breathe fresh air.
It’s such a pretty, dreamy little place… a first-class coastal hometown. In fact, in 2012, Port Fairy was voted the world’s (yes, the world’s) most liveable community (of towns with a population of under 20,000,) and everyone from Port Fairy stands proud behind the little sign advertising this at the beginning of the golf course road.
There is also a great ‘ye old’ vibe, as it has Victoria’s largest number of listed heritage buildings outside Melbourne. There are so many different things to do, depending on your mood – great walks, beaches, wildlife, swimming, delish food and local produce, history, lively pubs… There are four pubs in town. Which is actually pretty absurd, for a town of only 3,000 people. But each one has something different going for it, you kind of have to visit them all.
Port Fairy has such a lovely community feel, everyone has time to stop and chat. Norfolk pine trees line the road into town and many other streets, which make it feel a bit magical and fairy-tale like.
It’s not really a ‘day trip’ from Melbourne (it’s a three-and-a-half-hour drive), which is good, because you’ll want to spend a weekend here and make the most of it. I highly encourage anyone doing a Great Ocean Road trip to drive just that little bit further and end up in Port Fairy.