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Local Walks Around Port Fairy

Take a walk around one of Victoria’s most beautiful coastal towns.

Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail

The official opening of the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Railway line took place on 25 February 1890 with the biggest ceremony and banquet that Port Fairy had ever enjoyed. The last train came in September 1977. Railway Place was the site of the Station, The Goods Shed and the Station Master’s Cottage both of the latter still remain. 

The Port Fairy – Warrnambool Rail Trail is a continuous 37.32km walking/cycling pathway which meanders through a highly scenic, diverse and relaxed part of south-west Victoria. Encompassing historical, agricultural, Indigenous and nature-based themes, it is a ‘must do’ for anyone visiting the region. 

Making its way through rural landscapes and farming communities, the user will travel through dairy and beef farming country as well as remnant forest, skirt the north side of a 25,000 year old volcano (Tower Hill) and traverse wetlands and coastal sand dunes. 

The trail encompasses the historic towns of Port Fairy and Koroit, rural countryside, woodlands and native vegetation, extensive sea views of Killarney, extensive woodlands, coastal sand dunes, the Merri River wetlands and Warrnambool breakwater precinct.  

The trail has a gentle gradient and is suitable for use by cyclists and walkers of all ages and levels of fitness. Township sections are bitumen, allowing for use by mobility scooters, wheelchairs and the elderly. There are three major entrance/exit points to the route – Port Fairy, Koroit Railway Station and Warrnambool Breakwater – allowing users to determine their own length of travel. 

Energetic walkers are able to continue on the 22-kilometre Mahogany Walk, which creates a circular route along the coast. 

 

Download the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail Map

 

Griffiths Island

Griffiths Island, with its colony of shearwater seabirds, winding pathways and the spectacular lighthouse at the eastern tip, is a great place to explore. 

A short walk along the causeway from Martin’s Point gets you onto the island. Dogs are not allowed on the island and visitors are urged to stick to the walking tracks, which wind through the low lying scrub. Nesting birds, including the shearwater’s that migrate from the northern hemisphere each year, create burrows for their young hidden in the sand and it is important these nests aren’t disturbed by wandering sightseers.  

A Walk of Art

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.  

A wonderful experience, walking past historic cottages and well-kept gardens, seeing work in progress and viewing exceptional art. 

Port Fairy Art Map

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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.