Culture, Arts & Music

Culture, Art and Music in Port Fairy

Art is …whatever you want it to be! Port Fairy is proud of its growing and evolving local artist community. Inspired by the beauty of the region, the captivating history and a strong community spirit. 

Port Fairy’s passionate traders have fashioned this village into a style in its own right. Here, shopping is enjoyable and entertaining and a touch quirky. Charming, old-world street houses a dynamic collection of ladies’ fashion boutiques offering fledgling labels, known brands and eclectic styles. 

Be tempted by dresses, coats, casual pieces and beautiful bespoke jewellery. Browse homewares, antiques and body care. Pickup a unique gift for that special loved one or a classy keepsake for yourself. Discover your next favourite read in one of two book shops or simply browse to your heart’s content. 

Port Fairy Art Map

Be moved by the very talented artists who use the Moyne region as their inspiration. The calibre of their work – across a variety of mediums – will entice, excite and inspire you. 

Take a tour of the town’s galleries and working studios on the Port Fairy Art Walk. The Art Walk Map guides visitors on a unique art focused tour of Port Fairy, visiting 11 galleries and working studios.  Enjoy a wonderful experience, walking past historic cottages and well-kept gardens, seeing work in progress and viewing exceptional art.

Discover the Port Fairy Art Map 

Eclectic Glass Blowing Studio

Robert Gatt and Freya Marriott glass blowing studio has become a regular Port Fairy stopping point. The studio allows visitors to view glass blowing in action as well as talk with the artists about their creations. 

Robert and Freya draw significant influence from the surrounding coastal village and wilderness, often taking shape in easily recognisable attributes within their creations. Unique pieces of handmade art glass are available for sale from their studio or Whale Bone Studio Art Gallery and make great take-me-home reminders of a holiday well spent. 

Eclectic Designs studio is open most afternoons. 

Alive with the sounds of music

Port Fairy has a jam packed music calendar with several festivals now calling Port Fairy home. There is a bit of something for everyone, with contemporary and classic genres both well represented at various times of the year.

Messing about with boats

Boat building has occurred in Port Fairy since the early 1840’s, when John Griffiths, ship builder and whaler, built a sea-going vessel on Griffiths Island. In 1966, Ron Stewart opened a boat building yard on the banks of the Moyne River, building wooden ships as big as 80 foot in length. The business was later taken over by son Garry Stewart in 1978 who continues to build wooden boats today. 

The most famous wooden boat in Port Fairy is the Lifeboat on display at the Lifeboat Station. Built in Williamstown in 1857, it’s the oldest surviving self-righting lifeboat in the world. The Lifeboat Station contains a collection of 19th century maritime rescue equipment. Guided tours are available if booked through the Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre. 

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawuurung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Ancestors, past present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.