Experiences

Virtual History Tours

Take a trip back in time and explore a virtual historic tour of Port Fairy

Port Fairy Museum and Archives centre

The Port Fairy Museum and Archives centre is managed by the Port Fairy Historical Society and found at the Old Courthouse at 30  Gipps Street, Port Fairy. The Courthouse is one of over 60 buildings in Port Fairy classified by the National Trust.

The accredited Museum features both permanent and changing exhibitions covering various aspects of our past and covers themes such as the early pioneers of the district, the whaling era in Port Fairy, local shipping and wrecks along the coast. Collections include artefacts, objects, publications, photographs and other documentary materials related to Port Fairy and the District’s history.

Mott's Cottage

The original timber cottage was built in 1842 by William Bird, a blacksmith. The two storied stone building was completed in 1851, when it is understood that the building was used as a boarding house. The cottage has had a number of subsequent owners and was occupied by Sarah Mott in 1918, giving the cottage its title.

Mills Cottage

Built in 1841, the original cottage is Victoria’s oldest surviving dwelling. The property was acquired by Charles Mills, a whaling captain, in 1843.  Charles’ elder brother, Captain John Mills moved into the property and in 1856 added the larger substantial structure at the front of the building. Captain John Mills was the Harbour Master and the new structure served as his office for the growing port.

Port Fairy History Walking Tours

The national trust has classified over 60 buildings in the town and these range from small cottages to substantial homes and public buildings. With the aid of a heritage supervisor, many buildings have been restored to their former glory. The 19th Century buildings were built in a variety of styles and building materials including, bluestone and sandstone. There are many interesting decorative features particularly on the cottages, intricate barge boards and cast iron lace, stone chimneys both round and square and fanlights over doorways. In this video you will experience a preview of the four ‘Fun with History’ tours available at the Port Fairy and Region Visitor Information Centre – the Historic Town Walk

Accommodation Nearby

Port Fairy YHA

Port Fairy

Somerled House

Port Fairy

Seacombe House

Port Fairy

Edge17 Cottage

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Things To Do Nearby

Garden Studio 70

Port Fairy

Wilma Preston Art Gallery

Port Fairy

Benning Boutique

Port Fairy

Mason & Francis

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Places To Eat & Drink

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.