It’s Grow Time: Winter Tree Planting

Free

Sat 20 July 10am-12pm

Battery Hill, meet near the car park

Winter is the PERFECT time to plant trees. Join Conservation Volunteers Australia at picturesque Battery Hill to help celebrate National Tree Day (July 28). If you want to learn about native plants and animals and do your bit for the local environment then this is the activity for you! Suitable for all ages. All trees and equipment provided. Dress warm and ready for digging in the dirt.

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Winter Whale Trail: Dr Blake Allen on Technoecology

Gold coin donation

Sun 21 July 10-11:30am

Charlie’s On East, East Beach

A self-described technoecologist, Dr Blake’s PhD explored how technology can examine animal movement in modified landscapes. As the Chief Remote Pilot for Deakin’s Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program, Dr Blake specialises in drone imagery, photogrammetry, spatial statistics, geographic information systems, species distribution modeling, and volumetrics. Intrigued? Hear how the program – along with citizen scientists - gathers valuable info about our local coastal conditions, hazards and the expected longer-term impacts of climate change. Impacts that effect life above and below the water.

This event is part of the Winter Whale Trail from Cape Otway to Cape Nelson and is supported by I Am Warrnambool. Your entry donation goes to Port Fairy Coastal Group.

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Workshop: Splash Trash Art

Free

Sun 21 July 2-4pm

Port Fairy RSL Hall, Bank St

This (free!) marine debris art workshop is hosted by local artists Denise Regan, Britt Gow and Karen Clarke, who create works made of plastic collected from our beaches, oceans and other waterways. Consider the problem of plastic pollution, understand how to reduce your plastic footprint and create your own artwork. Artists will supply plastic collected from local beaches by BeachPatrol 3280- 3284 volunteers, but feel free to bring found objects of your own.

Spaces limited to 20. Phone 0458 016 300 to book now.

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Codrington Wind Farm Tours

$10
Every festival Sunday 1:30-2:30pm
Codrington Wind Farm, 5213 Princes Hwy, Codrington (meet at the gate)

Did you know that just outside Port Fairy is Australia’s first commercial wind farm? Opened in 2001, the site was selected as being ‘close to perfect’ with strong prevailing winds blowing off the Southern Ocean. Your tour guide Tim has over 18 years’ of wind energy knowledge to share. He will show you around the base of the farm’s 81m towers and explain how the farm generates enough energy to power 10,000 Victorian homes every year.

These tours require a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 people. Only a few tickets are available at the gate. Please book here or phone 0419 188 715.

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Winter Whale Trail: The Whale Photographer

Gold coin donation

Sun 7 July 10-11:30am

Charlie’s On East, East Beach

One of Victoria’s most active nature and coastline photographers, Chris Farrell’s work is used in coastal research and whale monitoring, as well as being published in National Geographic and many other online and print publications, including several books on whales and other marine and bird life. Come along to hear about how Chris has trained to identify Southern Right Whales and what cameras he uses to captures these giant creatures from land, sea and air.

This event is part of the Winter Whale Trail from Cape Otway to Cape Nelson and is supported by I Am Warrnambool. Your entry donation goes to Port Fairy Coastal Group.

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Workshop: Island Landscape Photography

Free

Sun 7 July 4pm-6.30pm
*PLEASE NOTE NEW START TIME OF 4PM - SUNSET IS AT 5.15PM

Griffiths Island, meet at the rotunda

Southwest photographers Perry Cho, Pete Chamberlain and friends take you for a dusk photography class on shooting beautiful sea and island landscapes. The aim is to capture a stunning sunset out at the lighthouse! Get on-site ideas for setting up the shot and meet these well-known local photographers, whose friendly and collaborative approach to photography will make for an excellent evening of exploring and learning.

No bookings required. Suited to all ages and levels. We thank Perry and Pete for generously volunteering their time and expertise for this special session.

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Old Men and The Sea

$10

Friday 5 July 8pm

The Wharf, 29 Gipps St

How do you build a couta boat and sail it to South Australia to establish the tuna fishing industry? And from there, set up the prawn fishing industry? What’s it like growing up camping on Griffith Island, where your grandfather was the last lighthouse keeper? This is just a touch of the lived history of Roger Haldane, a true Port Fairy pioneer, innovator and man of the sea and land who’s also passionate about building and rowing wooden boats. Join local author Jock Serong in conversation with Roger for a rare evening of live, riverside storytelling.

All proceeds to Port Fairy Marine Rescue. Tickets available here and at the door.

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Wayapa Wuurk: Aboriginal Yoga Meditation

$10

Sat 22 June 9-10am
Sat 22 June 11:00am-12:00pm

Outdoors at the Rail Trail clearing, Regent St opp Railway Place

Originating in Aboriginal wisdom, Wayapa is sometimes called Aboriginal yoga. Join practitioner Thaedra Frangos, a Wemba Wemba and Dhudhuroa woman who teaches this gentle physical movement and meditation practice. Wayapa is for everyone, all ages and levels, Indigenous and non-Indigenous. It promotes reconnection with the earth as a starting point for wellness and healing, based on the understanding that Aboriginal people have lived in harmony with the earth for more than 65,000 years. This session is outdoors (indoors at the Reardon Theatre only if bad weather).

Dress warm and bring a yoga mat or towel. Tickets available here or on the day.

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Children’s Creative Nature Play

Gold coin donation

Sat 22 June 10-11:30am

Meet at Battery Hill car park

Engage your senses and bare feet! Join us for a winter’s morning of nature play and flow. Using nature and young imaginations to create, play and enliven.

Suitable for ages 5-12, parents to stay with under 10s. Wrap up warm, bring snacks and water. This event proudly sponsored by Port Fairy Physiotherapy.

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Nature Photography Talk

$5

Sat 22 June 2-4pm

Blarney Books and Art, James St

Author and nature photographer Chris Farrell shares how his passion for the natural world has been influenced by his visits to southwest Victoria over the last 30 years. Hear how his photography helps identify the Southern Right Whales that visit this coastline and see rare bird, marine life and other images from Chris’ archives of the beauty of earth from the land, sea and air. Images and books available for signing, with 50 % of all sales and 100% of all entry fees donated to WWF Australia, Birdlife Australia and Killarney Coast Care.

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Winter Soltice Dawn Swim

Gold coin donation

Sun 23 June 7am

East Beach Surf Club, 4 Hughes Ave

Darkness, ocean rumbles, towels around shivering shoulders, icy sand in toes, drumming beats, buzzing minds, racing hearts, slivers of sunlight, rays on the water, and BAM!...you’re under and above, gasping, trembling, shrieking, whooping, thrilled and more alive than you’ve been all year. It. Does. Not. Get. More rejuvenating than this. A dip to cleanse, awaken or embolden. Back it up with warming company by the fire drums, toasty BBQ breakfast and hot milo (free for participants). Call it brave. Call it duty. You never regret a swim.

Fundraiser event for Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club. This event is proudly sponsored by Mangowood Boutique.

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Winter Whale Trail: Dr Pete Gill on Blue Whales

Gold coin donation

Sun 23 June 10-11:30am

Charlie’s On East, East Beach

Honorary research fellow Dr Pete Gill is the Director of the Blue Whale Study, Australia’s longest-running blue whale research program, based near Portland. Hear Dr Pete’s fascinating insights on the largest living creatures on earth, the endangered blue whale. Learn about their ecology, migration, habitat and behaviour. This event is part of the Winter Whale Trail from Cape Otway to Cape Nelson.

This event is part of the Winter Whale Trail from Cape Otway to Cape Nelson and is supported by I Am Warrnambool. Your entry donation goes to Port Fairy Coastal Group.

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Pallisters Reserve

Gold coin donation

Sun 23 June 10am-2pm

Pallisters Reserve, 457 Masons Rd, Orford

Pallisters Reserve is an abundant 250-hectare wetland space that’s home to more than 125 bird species and hundreds more flora specimens including gums, tea trees, banksia, rare native grasses and more than 25 orchid varieties. The Friends of Pallisters welcome guest speaker Doug Robinson from Trust for Nature, who will talk about how climate change affects the reserve, now and in the future. Enjoy a winter walk through the rugged landscape, take part in native tree planting and seed bombing, or photograph wildlife as you explore.

Light lunch provided. All are welcome. Wear full-cover clothing and sturdy shoes. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre in Port Fairy at 9.30am to follow a convoy of cars to the reserve if required. For more details on this fantastic event please see the festival website or call Pallisters volunteer, Peter Carrucan on 03 5562 6179.

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Chelsea Fox and her Glasshouse Full of Bees

Donation at the gate

Sun 11:30am

5 Willoughby St, Port Fairy

Long before the great Australian Bee Challenge, Chelsea Fox was across the bees and the honey. In this one-hour community event, we meet at Chelsea’s house and garden to discuss establishing and maintaining happy hives, as well as ‘making’ and tasting honey. We’ll take a close look at the garden to see what works for bees. Finally, Chelsea will open a hive and show us the inner workings. She will do this rather dramatically from inside a glasshouse while we gather around the outside and watch in fear and fascination. Honey available for purchase too, so Bee-Y.O bag!

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Outdoor Workshop: Beach Detectives

$10

Sun 9 June 10-11am

Meet at the South Beach steps, opposite the toilets on Ocean Drive

Become a family of beach detectives! Investigate the articles that wash up and search for seaweed, shells, crabs and other interesting and sometimes unexpected specimens we happen to find. Once you bag the treasures, you’ll identify the specimens, where they’ve come from and what they might be doing here in Port Fairy. Dress warm, bring a magnifying glass (if you have one) and small bucket. This session is led by Port Fairy resident, botanist, teacher and writer, John Millar.

Bookings essential. Book here or phone 5568 2681.

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Kids Fishing Clinic

Gold coin donation

Sun 9 June 11am-1pm

Martins Point, Gipps St

Cast your rod on the mighty Moyne and learn from the Port Fairy Angling Club experts. Rods and bait supplied. A fundraiser for the Port Fairy Angling Club. Please note: this event is subject to weather - check with the Visitor Info Centre on the day.

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Open House: Port Fairy Lighthouse

$5 adult, $1 child, $10 family

Sun 9 June 10am-4pm

Port Fairy Lighthouse, Griffith Island

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. A fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Port Fairy. Please note: this event is subject to weather - check the festival website or the Visitor Info Centre on the day.

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Winter Whale Trail: Mandy Watson on Southern Right Whales

Gold coin donation

Sun 9 June 10-11:30am

Charlie’s On East, East Beach

Mandy Watson, senior biodiversity officer with the Department of Land, Water, Environment and Planning, presents a talk on the majestic Southern Right Whales who journey each winter to our coastline to give birth. Join Mandy for an update on the numbers, names and personalities of nursing mothers and calves who arrive in our local waters every year.

This event is part of the Winter Whale Trail from Cape Otway to Cape Nelson and is supported by I Am Warrnambool. Your entry donation goes to Port Fairy Coastal Group.

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