Hibernation is overrated.

Get out and feel that crisp air. Revel in the wild and explore our incredible backyard.

 
 
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narrawong produce market in TIMANDRA GARDEN 

 

Nestled within the stunning grounds of Timandra by the Sea open gardens, this market captures the essence of winter. Enjoy mulled wine around the fire pit and meet and buy from local producers, crafters, growers, bakers and makers. "Winter Weekends is excited to present this small but special market, with its ethical and sustainable ethos all set in the leafy lush gardens just 35 minutes from Port Fairy.

 

Narrawong Produce Market
Free
Sunday 25 June, 10am – 2pm
Sunday 23 July, 10am - 2pm
Timandra by the Sea Garden 82 Windham St (Princes Hwy), Narrawong

Cover photo by John Watkinson. Photos by Winter Weekends.


tower hill

Winter Weekends is super excited to include one of favourite places on the program this year. Hosted by the team from Worn Gundidj, these tours and dinners are designed to give us a closer look, and taste, at what’s inside this ancient volcanic crater. Over the afternoon and evening, you get an overview of European destruction of the reserve and its restoration; indigenous history and culture with didgeridoo playing and boomerang throwing lessons; a presentation on Robin Boyd and Tower Hill architecture; an evening meal of Australian native foods and flavours and a night walk to discover nocturnal animals and wildlife. Wow! A special winter opportunity to experience all Tower Hill has to offer.

Tower Hill Bush Food and Wildlife Experience
$75 adults, $45 child
Saturday 24 June, 3pm - 7pm
Saturday 22 July, 3pm - 7pm
Tower Hill Reserve

Places strictly limited to 20. Bookings essential.
Phone 0438 049 052.

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Photos by Tower Hill and Winter Weekends. Video by Loren Tuck.


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budj bim

 

Take a trip way, way back in time to learn about one of the world’s oldest human settlements. For thousands of years, Gunditjmara people engineered an extensive aquaculture system of eel and fish traps along the Tyrendarra lava flow and wetlands. Here you will see remnant houses, rebuilt stone houses, aquaculture traps and channels and the rainbow serpent’s eggs. With water flowing and peaking, winter is the best time to witness this ancient place in full life.

Budj Bim Tours
$30 adult, kids under 16 free

Saturday 8 July, 11am-1pm
Sunday 9 July,  11am – 1pm
Saturday 22 July, 11am-1pm
Sunday 23 July, 11am-1pm
Tours start at 11am at the Budj Bim Orientation Centre 12 Lindsay St, Heywood. 
A free return bus will depart at 10am from Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre. Places limited. Bookings essential, phone 0458 999 315.

Photos by Budj Bim Tours and vic.gov


lighthouse tours

 

Want to feel the air on your skin? A lap around the island is always a good idea, especially in the wild, windy weather of winter. And what better way to be lured out to the tip of Port Fairy, than with an open house at the most iconic spot in town. Climb the stairs and take in the view to imagine the life of a lighthouse keeper. A rare opportunity to visit the internal workings of the historic lighthouse that has been in operation since 1859. Please note: this event is subject to weather‑check with the Tourist Info Centre on the day.

$5 adult, $1 child, $10 family
Sunday 11 June, 10am - 4pm
Port Fairy Lighthouse, Griffith Island

 

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Winter Solstice Dawn Swim

 

Get the ultimate rejuvenating, super fresh feeling! You’ll definitely feel more alive after a dip in our southern waters followed by warming conversation by the fire drums. There’s also the magical sunrise and a yummy BBQ breakfast (free for participants). Call it brave or crazy, you NEVER regret a swim. Fundraiser event for Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club. 

Gold coin donation
Saturday 24 June, 7am (brrr...right and early!!!)
East Beach Surf Club, 4 Hughes Ave

This event is proudly sponsored by Port Fairy Physiotherapy.