Coastal Trails in Port Fairy and Surrounds

Coastal Trails in Port Fairy and Surrounds

The Moyne Shire region is a natural for walking, hiking, rambling and ambling, whatever your ability or experience level. With several trails taking in kilometers, upon kilometers of beach and lake side tracks. Visit shipwrecks, a lighthouse and estuary, whilst reaping the relaxing benefits of breathing in the coastal air.

Griffiths Island and Port Fairy Lighthouse

A natural oasis almost in the heart of the town, Griffiths Island supports a number of native animals including a small mob of swamp wallabies. It is also the site of one of the Australia’s most accessible breeding colonies of short tailed shearwaters or mutton-birds. The birds follow an amazing life cycle travelling incredible distances. 

A short walk along the causeway from Martin’s Point gets you onto the island which hosts a number of paths. Please keep to the tracks on the island for a careless foot can collapse a burrow and bury a mutton bird or chick.  Find out more

The Mahogany Ship Walk

The 22km beach walk from Port Fairy to Warrnambool passes the last known resting place of the elusive Mahogany Ship, thought to be a Portuguese caravel that was wrecked in the early 1500s. It later vanished under drifting sands in the 1890s. 

The area is also home to echidnas, rare hooded plovers, mutton birds and crested terns. In winter or spring, you might even glimpse a southern right whale. For shorter walks, enter the region at one of several access points along the way, such as Port Fairy’s East Beach. 

Pea Soup and South Beach

On the south side of Port Fairy, explore Pea Soup or South Beach. As you walk the beaches take in great views and enjoy the sights of scarped dunes and in places, a protective basalt seawall.

Killarney Beach

Nestled in a natural coastal environment just 2 km off the Princes Highway and just minutes from Port Fairy. Killarney beach is known for its beautiful coastal trail and sheltered swimming beach, protected by off shore reefs. Find out more

Killarney Beach

Yambuk Beach and Lake Walk

The Yambuk Beach and Lake Walk starts as a sandy track following the lake shores before meeting the boardwalk up to the lookout. Yambuk Lake Walk reveals some worthwhile views as the lake gives way to the ocean. From the lockout, you can continue the walk along the beach.  Find out more

Peterborough Walking Track

Follow the walking track from the southern end of the Bay of Martyrs carpark. This short but spectacular walk leads to the site where the ‘Falls of Halladale’ ran aground in 1908. If you feel like a longer walk along the coast, continue through to Wild Dog Cove. Find out more

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