Hibernation is overrated.

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

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GHOST TOURS IN THE CEMETERY 

$10
Sat 7 July 4pm
Sat 21 July 4pm
Port Fairy Public Cemetery - Princes Highway, Port Fairy (meet at the entrance gates)

Last year’s Ghost Tours were a sellout! And the book that followed has been a huge success. Now visit the graves of many of the historical people in the book. Explore the unexpected, dark circumstances surrounding their deaths and find out more about what’s next with the Port Fairy Ghost Stories project. A fundraiser for the Port Fairy Genealogical Society. This event is not recommended for children.


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$5 adult, $1 child, $10 family
Saturday 21 July 11am - 1pm
 Sunday 22 July 11am - 1pm
Tyrendarra lava flow, near Heywood

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.

A free return bus will depart at 10am from Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre. Places limited. Bookings essential, phone 0458 999 315.

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YOGA FOR KIDS

$10
Every festival Saturday at
  1:30-2:20pm for 5-8 year olds
  2:30-3:20pm for 9-12 year olds

Port Fairy Yacht Club, Battery Point These classes are designed by Donella for little bodies and minds to enjoy a special session of asanas, yoga nidra (relaxation), pranayama (breathing) and meditation.

A safe, fun and authentic way for children to explore yoga in a beautiful riverside setting. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your water bottle.

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YOGA FOR ADULTS

$15
Every festival Sunday, 9:30-11am
Port Fairy Yacht Club, Battery Point

These classes are designed by Donella for adults. Come along for a special session of asanas, yoga nidra (relaxation), pranayama (breathing) and meditation. A peaceful and authentic way for all levels to explore and connect with yourself in a beautiful riverside setting.

 

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OPEN HOUSE: MILLS COTTAGE

Gold coin donation
Sun 22 July  10am -2pm
Mills Cottage, 40 Gipps St

A special tour of Mills Cottage focusing on recent works undertaken to the building, including plastering, carpentry and specialist wallpaper conservation, made possible through the State Government's Living Heritage Grants Program.

See the extensive interior restorations preserving some 58 different types of wallpaper hung in various parts of the cottage’s buildings since the early 1800s.


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TIMANDRA BY THE SEA ECOTOURISM GARDEN + ALISON APLIN GALLERY

$10 adults, children free
Every festival Sunday, 10am-4pm
Timandra By The Sea Garden, 82 Windham St (Princes Hwy), Narrawong

Wander the pretty paths and leafy layers of this ATAP and Ecotourism Certified open garden just 40 minutes from Port Fairy. Peruse the abstract artworks of owner and artist Alison Aplin, housed on site in a rustic studio amidst the award-winning garden surrounds.

Your entry ticket includes homemade Devonshire Tea (served outside, weather permitting).

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PARK RUN

Every festival Saturday, 8am
Russell Clarke Reserve, James St

What better way to warm up on a cool morning?!

A timed 5km event for people of all ages and abilities to walk or run. Register online, print out your barcode and meet at the amenities block 7.50am for the briefing. Dogs (on a lead) are also welcome!

Register to run at www.parkrun.com.au/portfairy

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ADVENTURE: GREAT SOUTH GEO CACHING

Free
Every festival Saturday 10am-6pm
Every festival Sunday 2-6pm
Suffoir Winery and Brewery, 144 Mt Eccles Rd, Macarthur

Where treasure hunting meets the future, meets the past! Start at Suffoir Winery and use your GPS to locate caches in modern and ancient sites dotted around our backyard. Grab a car load of adventurers, rug up and allow at least an hour. For visitors, locals and hunters of all ages.

Download instructions here.

Let us know what you find on insta #pfwwfestival

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COMMUNITY SWIM CHALLENGE

Free
Sat  21 July 10-2pm
Belfast Aquatics Swimming Pool, Campbell St

And they’re off and racing!! This is a fundraiser of epic proportions – for community groups and for the pool. Take a team of five swimmers representing a local community group. Each group swims as many laps as they can, relay style, in a 2-hour timeslot. The Community Bank will pay $1 for every lap!  PLUS, they’ll match that money and donate it to the pool. Who will raise the most? Be there to cheer them on and see who takes out the Community Swim Challenge! 

This event is proudly sponsored by Port Fairy and District Community Bank.

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OPEN HOUSE: TALARA - SORRY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Gold coin donation
Sun 22 July 12:30-4pm
Talara House, 549 Princes Hwy, Port Fairy

Get up close to one of Port Fairy’s most iconic houses. See inside the Gothic Revival architecture, with elaborately decorated gables and eaves, fret work and finials.

Other features include the projecting bay windows, the façade’s symmetrical arrangement and the patterned slate roofs.

From the main house, wander to the stables for historical photos and stories of the property, then take a warm drink as you stroll the gardens. A fundraiser event for Winter Weekends.

This event is proudly sponsored by Blake’s Restaurant.

 

PAST EVENTS

 

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LIGHTHOUSE TOURS

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

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.

Fundraiser for Rotary Club of Port Fairy.

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WINTER SOLSTICE DAWN SWIM

Gold coin donation
Sat 23 June 7am
East Beach Surf Club, 4 Hughes Ave

It doesn’t get more rejuvenating than this! You’ll definitely feel more alive after a dip in our super fresh southern waters, followed by warming company and 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. This event is proudly sponsored by Cobbs Bakery.

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OPEN HOUSE: MOTTS COTTAGE BY NIGHT

 

Gold coin donation
Sat 8 July 5-6pm
Motts Cottage, 5 Sackville St

A glimpse into how some of the earliest Victorian settlers lived, illuminated in the colour and play of Winter Weekend’s Bathed In Light program.

Take an evening trip back in time and see the lights showcase the garden and house of one of the oldest buildings in the district.

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PALLISTERS RESERVE: NATURE WALK AND SEED COLLECTING

Gold coin
Sun 8 July 10-2pm,
Pallisters Reserve, 457 Masons Rd, Orford
Meet at Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre at 9.30 if you'd like to follow cars to the reserve.

 Join the Friends of Pallisters Reserve at their 250-hectare wetland space, 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. Youngsters can make seed bombs with native species, then go for a seed-bombing mission!

Photograph wildlife and assist in recording specific types of fungus. Enjoy a tasty BBQ and discussion of the reserve’s past, present and future works. There’s plenty of shelter too in their headquarters.

All welcome. Wear full-cover clothing and shoes.