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Short Drives - Codrington Settlement & Gardens
4887 Princes Highway Codrington VIC
(23 kilometres West of Port Fairy)
Licensed Restaurant open Thursday to Sunday 10-4. Antiques, local artists works, 3 acres of gardens.
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Historic Lighthouse
Historic Lighthouse
Situated on Griffiths Island and constructed from local bluestone by Scottish stonemasons in 1859. The keepers cottages were demolished in the 1950ís but the lighthouse still operates on wind and solar power. The light is visible 19 kilometres out to sea.
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Walking Tours
There are over 50 buildings of significance and the best way to appreciate this legacy is on foot. Walking guides are available at the Visitor Centre.
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Tower Hill Reserve
Located on the Princes Highway between Warrnambool and Port Fairy.
Discover ancient volcanic land formations, wildlife, aboriginal culture. Guided walks with Worn Gundidjiís experienced team. Contact Information Centre for further details.
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The Wharf Area
The Wharf Area
The Wharf Area - at its peak in the 1850ís the port was the second busiest in Australia. Wool, wheat and gold were loaded onto great sailing ships bound for England.
Today, The Wharf is a wonderful place to relax and watch the world go by. The Norfolk pines and colonial buildings form a picturesque background to the tranquil waters of the Moyne River. An active fishing fleet still operates out of the harbour which is also home to a small fleet of pleasure craft.
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The Crags Coastal Reserve
Part of cemented dune limestone cliff formation exhibiting stunning jagged cliffs with several stacks and islets formed over thousands of years from the forces of wind and waves from the Southern Ocean. View the whole reserve from lookout.
This area also contains many Aboriginal cultural sites and places.
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Griffiths Island
Griffiths Island
Home to swamp wallabies and a large colony of short-tailed shearwaters (mutton birds). The birds arrive in September after an amazing 15,000 klm flight from the Aleutian Islands near Alaska. After nesting and raising their young they set off again in April leaving the chicks behind. Eventually hunger forces the chicks to find the migratory route on their own.
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Motts Cottage
3 Sackville Street Port Fairy VIC
National Trust Building dating back to the 1840ís. Open 2-4pm Wednesday and Saturday
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The Lifeboat Station
Griffiths Street (near Battery Lane). The lifeboat was built in Williamstown in 1857 and is the oldest surving self-right lifeboat in the world. The Lifeboat Station contains a collection of 19th century maritime rescue equipment. Guided tours are available if booked through Information Centre.
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Short Drives - Koroit (15 minutes North West)
Historic township midway between Port Fairy and Warrnambool on the northern slopes of Tower Hill. Speciality shops, historic buildings, eateries
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