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Winter In Port Fairy Festival
Starting Queens Birthday long weekend in June
A series of fun weekends held at various venues around town throughout the winter months. This is a great way to spend some of those wintery weelends with good music, great food and have a laugh with some very funny comedians. Take a step back in time on the History Weekend and explore Port Fairy’s many historic attractions.
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Carwick’s House of Antiques
Corner Commercial Rd & High Street Koroit VIC
Open: 11am to 5pm Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.Daily Christmas-Jan
Authentic antique furniture, decorative wares, jewellery, collectables
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Time and Tide Beachfront Gallery
21 Thistle Place Port Fairy VIC
Open: 9.30 to 5pm (closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
Minutes from the heart of town. Experience great art
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Travel & Transport
Trains run daily from Melbourne to Warrnambool with connecting coach service to Port Fairy. Just ring V-Line from anywhere in Victoria for an up to date timetable. There are also coach connections to and from Hamilton, Ballarat, Apollo Bay, Mount Gambier, Halls Gap and Ararat.
V-Line 13 61 96
Warrnambool Bus Lines 03 5562 5748
Port Fairy Bus Depot 03 5568 1355 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday
Port Fairy Taxi 0419 764 983
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Whalebone Gallery
39A Bank Street Port Fairy VIC
Open: 7 days
This colourful and contemporary gallery is home to 7 local artists. Glass, sculpture, painting, silk, jewellery and more. Call in and meet the artists.
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Wishart Gallery & Expresso Bar
19 Sackville Street Port Fairy VIC
Open: Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm and by request
Large contemporary art gallery specializing in works by leading Australian printmakers. Also painting, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewellery and textiles by established and emerging local and national artists.
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Sou’West Collectables & Music
1164 Princes Highway Killarney VIC
Open: 10am to 5pm 7 days
New and secondhand instruments. Sheet music and accessories. Collectables, old wares and antiques.
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Perwinkle Antiques
3/22 Banks Street Port Fairy VIC
Open: Thursday to Sunday 10am to 5pm
Feel welcome to browse through our shop filled with antiques, vintage clothing and accessories, collectable china, porcelain, etc.
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Port Fairy Spring Music Festival
Held Annually in October
Victoria’s premier regional festival in the area of classical and contemporary ensemble music featuring Australian and overseas artists in programs of national and international music. In addition to works by great composers, the program includes music theatre, jazz, comedy and dance, staged in historic venues of Port Fairy. More detail Visitor Information Centre
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Port Fairy Region Visitor Information Centre
Railway Place, Bank Street Port Fairy VIC 3284
Thinking of Visiting Port Fairy?
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Eclectric Designs Glass Blowing Studio
62 Regent Street Port Fairy VIC
Open: Most afternoons 1pm to 5pm
Visit the working studio where Robert and Freya create colourful hand blown glass, lampworked beads, cast glass sculptures and enambled plates. Glass bead making workshops
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Little Doll Museum
34 James Street Port Fairy VIC
Open: Thursday to Maonday 10.30am to 4pm or by appointment
Over 1000 dolls and toys from old to modern. Wheelchair access.
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Moyneyana Festival
Christmas Eve to Australia Day
The festival starts with a free BBQ, Santa and a sing-a-long on Christmas Eve. On New Years 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 spectacular fireworks display. Each day there are different events to suit all ages.
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Port Fairy Folk Festival
Labour Day Weekend
Approximately 40,000 people come to Port Fairy every March for this world famous independent music festival. The best musicians from around the globe perform at this 4 day festival of folk, country, blues, jazz, bluegrass, acoustic rock and world roots music. The festival transforms the town into a spirit of cultural celebration with the “Free Festival of the Streets” alongside the main concerts in the ticketed arena.
The festival has won 3 Australian Torism Awards in a row and the Hall of Fame Award. Demand for tickets and accommodation is huge (tickets sell out in 1 day) so contact the festival before October.
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Getting to Port Fairy
Trains run daily from Melbourne to Warrnambool with connecting coach services to Port Fairy.
Ring V-Line for up to date timetable Ph: 136196.
Warrnambool Buslines 03 5562 5748
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Emergency Numbers
Police 000 Campbell Street Port Fairy
Ambulance 000 or 133 009 for non emergency transport
Fire Brigade 000
SES Emergency 132 500

Hospital
Moyne Health Services Villiers Street Port Fairy Ph: 03 5568 0100
Medical Clinic Villiers Street Port Fairy Ph: 03 5568 1559

Pharmacy
Sackville Street Port Fairy Ph: 03 5568 1083

Vet
Ph: 03 5568 1855
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Other Festivals & Events Port Fairy & Districts include
January
Wooden Boat Festival.
The Great South West Pub Trail

February
Mortlake Buskers Festival.
Championship Sheep Dog Trials
Warrnambool Wunta Fiesta
Tarerer Festival

April
Koroit Irish Festival

May
Warrnambool Racing Carnival

June
Southern Right Whales Arrive
Warrnambool Fun for Kids Festival

November
Heritage Discovery Week
Port Fairy Show

The Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre will have current information on all festivals 1 month prior to each event
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Alcohol Free Zones
The area bounded by Regent, Gipps, Campbell and William Streets is an Alcohol Free Zone. Police ensure that this local law is observed.
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Port Fairy Historical Society
30 Gipps Street Port Fairy VIC
Open: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 2pm to 5pm and or by appointment
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Statistics
Population
Normal 2,500 Peak Periods 10,000 Folk Festival 40,000
Climate
Moderate climate with average temperatures
Summer 22 degrees Winter 14 degrees
Rainfall
Average Yearly 700mm
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Smith Artz
Old School, Downs Road Codrington VIC
Open: Usually open but advisable to ring
Expose yourself to art and experience the passion that is the art of Kate Smith
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Dogs
Some Port Fairy beaches do allow dogs between 9am and 6pm daily for the period 1st December until 1st May. Please check the Visitor Information Centre for details. Dogs are never allowed onto Griffith Island. Owners must keep their dogs on a lead in the area bounded by Campbell, James, Regent and Williams Streets, King George Square and Martins Point. It is an offence not to carry a bag or clean up after your dog.
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Port Fairy Historic Centre
30 Gipps Street Port Fairy VIC
A wonderful collection of shipping relics, old photographs and displays relating to the history of the local region.
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Ex-Libris Book Fair
1st weekend in September
Ex-Libris is a celebration of literature inspired by the Welsh “bookshop” village of Hay on Wye. During the fair, Port Fairy will come alive with thousands of books for sale at the Community Centre and literary events happening at various venues around town.
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Wilma Preston Art Gallery
41 Regent Street Port Fairy VIC
Open: 7 days
Wilma is a realist artist whose works are displayed for sale or viewing at the sudio/gallery at the rear of 41 Regent Street.
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Old Market Inn Art Studio
51 William Street Port Fairy VIC
Open: 1pm to 5pm most afternoons or by appointment
Well known local artist Kathryn Weatherly’s studio is a wonderful work and display space for her silk paintings and 2D work. Visitors welcome
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