Family Friendly Guide to Port Fairy

A seaside trip during the school holidays is just what the doctor ordered right? Hopefully… but that depends a little on the kids. A holiday just doesn’t feel like a holiday when the phrase ‘do we have to’ is floating around.
At Port Fairy, kids of all ages are spoiled for choice with patrolled beaches, skate park and Australian native animals. The only question is will the kids have enough energy to do it all.

Koroit Irish Festival

The Koroit Irish Festival celebrates the region’s rich Irish heritage. Held in April throughout the historic village of Koroit, highlights include the Gaelic games carnival, the Australian Danny Boy Championships, market stalls and food vendors, plus more musicians than you can shake a sheleighly at, with ditties ranging from traditional Irish folk right through to shamrock ‘n’ roll.

There are also a wide range of other activities that make the Koroit Irish Festival unique and a weekend of fun unmatched anywhere out of Ireland herself. Why not get the family together and make the Koroit Irish Festival your annual Family Reunion weekend for some family fun.


Port Fairy has great surfing and swimming beaches that are patrolled daily over the peak summer holidays and weekend periods. Some of the beaches offer fun snorkelling, so add the flippers and mask to the packing list.

Discover more about the beaches of Port Fairy –

  • Pea Soup / South Beach
  • South Mole
  • East Beach
  • Reef Point
  • Beach 515

Belfast Aquatic Centre

Belfast Aquatics Gym & Indoor heated pool located in Port Fairy, is open all year round. Special Inflatable Fun Days are held during school holidays.

Flora & Fauna

With two National Parks (Mt Eccles and Tower Hill) in the immediate vicinity, there are many options for picnicking, bush walking, and spotting native animals.

Both of these parks have good populations of koalas and there are a large number of kangaroos and emus at Tower Hill as well.

Giant Sand Dune Slide

The Giant Sand Dune Slide – a 33-metre thrill-seeking ride down Yambuk’s sand dunes! Head to Yambuk Lake via the Princes Highway. Climb the steps to the top of the slide for panoramic views along the coastline and out to Lady Julia Percy Island. Enjoy a picnic or dangle a line at the lake, bbq facilities, toilets and plenty of parking. It is not safe to swim at Yambuk Beach.

248 Carrolls Rd, Yambuk

Mini Golf

Located at the Big4, the 18 hole mini golf course is set within the landscaped gardens with paved walkways and its very own Mt Kosciuszko!. The tricky greens will challenge and confront any keen enthusiast. There are several arches, tunnels and obstacles to navigate around as you put your putting skills to the test.

Skate Park

The skate park in Campbell Street has a few small boxes with low rails, ledges, quarter pipes, banks and a 5 foot mini ramp with a roll on the hip.

James Street, Port Fairy

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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.