History & Heritage

Step Back in Time

Meander pathways midst quirky bluestone buildings and wonder at the heritage of the region

Port Fairy Heritage Tail

The charming seaside village of Port Fairy has over 60 classified buildings of historic significance and the best way to appreciate this legacy is on foot. Two walking trails have been established within Port Fairy to explore the towns history, the Port Fairy Heritage Trail and Maritime Heritage Trail. Self-guided walking maps or guided walking tours are available via the Visitor Information Centre

Download the Port Fairy Heritage Trail

Download the Port Fairy Maritime Heritage Trail

Koroit Heritage Trail

A township of both historical and architectural significance, Koroit lies midway between Warrnambool and Port Fairy, nestled against the northern slopes of Tower Hill. Koroit has a strong Irish herritage with immigrants lured by the availability of land and the rich volcanic soil in which to grow crops such as potatoes, onions and wheat. The Koroit Heritage Trail explores edwardian architecture, gracious public buildings, tiny worker’s cottages and gardens littered throughout town.

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Mortlake Heritage Trail

Sitting at the bottom of one of Victoria’s most recently active volcanoes, Mortlake is rich in both natural and early settler history. First surveyed in 1836-37, Mortlake is lined with bluestone buildings and trees planted to honour servicemen and women from WW1 and WW2.  Appreciate the delightful bluestone buildings throughout the town with 22 significant sites marked on the Mortlake Heritage Trail.

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Tower Hill Cemetery Walk

Take a journey back in time with a walk around the very old Tower Hill cemetery. The cemetery is the resting place of many early pioneers and settlers of the historic region.

Download the Tower Hill Cemetery Guide

Accommodation Nearby

Things To Do Nearby

Places To Eat & Drink

Port Fairy IGA

Port Fairy

Time and Tide Tearoom

Port Fairy

Le Crepe Man

Port Fairy

Star of the West Bistro

Port Fairy

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.