Top 5 Things to do With Your Family in Port Fairy

There’s plenty to do in Port Fairy that the whole family will love.

1. Fishing

Get hooked on Fishing, bring your friends or family. It’s great fun taking the family fishing along the Moyne River with many small varieties of fish available including whiting, salmon, mullet and snapper.  Fish from the rock walls or find a jetty, you won’t be disappointed, Why not pack a BBQ lunch and cook up a feast on the many BBQ areas that are found along the Moyne River.


2. Rockpool Ramble at Pea Soup

Kids are enchanted by the sea – a world ripe for exploring. And the rockpools along Peas Soup is the perfect way for little ones to dip their toe into ocean exploration. There’s no need for scuba suits or snorkels – just a keen sense of adventure so you know how to meander these miniature marine worlds safely. (copyright – will need words changed around)


3. Moyneyana Festival

The Moyneyana Festival is run from Christmas Eve to Australia day each year and is jam packed with free family fun entertainment. The festival begins on xmas eve on fiddlers green with a myriad of kids entertainment including the arrival of Santa, free music and a community BBQ.

Around 10,000 people line the streets of Port Fairy for the Free New Year’s eve parade featuring dozens of carefully-constructed floats, live music, street stalls, a backwards running race, a Retro Sprint and fireworks at midnight.

Australia day involves a free community breakfast, Australia day ceremonies, kids entertainment, community lunch and free movie at dusk.

Running annually from Christmas Eve (24 Dec) to Australia Day (26 Jan), Moyneyanna Festival ensures the phrase ‘I’m bored’ is never spoken, with all ages activities and music being rolled out daily. The Festival starts with a free BBQ, Santa and a sing-a-long on Christmas Eve. On New Year’s Eve the streets are lined with locals and visitors enjoying the vibrant colours and creativity of the old fashioned decorated float parade, followed by live music and fire-works into the night. Each day there are different events to suit all ages, like the duck derby on the river, classic wooden boats and much more.


4. Yambuk Slide

Yambuk is a top choice for many free family activities, come along for a ride down the slippery descent along Yambuk’s famed slide, and one of Australia’s longest. Enjoy a mix of outdoor activities including fishing in the river and walking along the adjacent beach.


5. Fossicking for Olivine in Mortlake

Mortlake is one of the world’s hotspots for olivine (otherwise known as peridot), and the best part is you can fossick for it for free. The Olivine / Peridot is contained in “Olivine Bombs” these are balls of volcanically compressed and cooked scoria / olivine material, and can be found at the Scoria Quarry located at Mt Shadwell. The peridot is found by finding the Olivine bombs in amongst the scoria gravels and breaking them up with a hammer. The peridot will be seen as a transparent green crystal of varying clarity. Many of the crystals are quite small, however some quite good faceting material can be found.

Access to the Mt Shadwell quarry is limited to Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays by appointment. To find out more, call the Information Centre on 03 5599 2899 Monday to Thursday, or 0456 700 826 Friday to Sunday.

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