PORT FAIRY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
S.S. Casino arriving in Port Fairy
Adult groups by appointment.
Adults $5.00 with a minimum charge of $40.00
School groups by appointment.
Groups of 10-20 students can be provided for at any one time.
Cost: $1.00 per student. Teachers are free with a ratio of 1 to 10.
An extended list of activities for school groups based in Port Fairy are shown further down this page.
Book for Wharf and MuseumTour at the Port Fairy Information Centre.
Join one of the expert guides on a 'Fun with History' Port Fairy Historic Wharf Tour for a leisurely stroll through the Historic Port Precinct on the Moyne River.
The tour will explore the Port area's rich history, uncovering fascinating and often little-known stories about the characters and events that shaped Port Fairy’s very early development with the Norfolk pines and colonial buildings forming a picturesque backdrop.
At its peak in the 1850s, the port was one of the busiest in Australia. Wool, wheat and gold were loaded onto great sailing ships bound for England. The ships anchored in the bay while goods and passengers were ferried back and forth from the wharf on smaller craft, known as lighters.
Your tour includes a visit to the Port Fairy Museum and Archives centre.
Adults: $20 (includes admission and a tour of the Port Fairy Museum)
The old township of Port Fairy, located near the Moyne River, with many heritage listed buildings is worthy of exploration.
Located on the Moyne River, the old wharf and port are worthy of exploration. Discover the historic lifeboat, whaleboat, and historic buildings.
These activities are options available for for School Groups visiting Port Fairy.
Selected options will need to be organised with the contact person offering a chosen activity.
Port Fairy Museum and Archives
Port Fairy was one of the earliest settlements in Victoria, so the museum has several rooms of displays on whaling, shipping, early settlers, temporary exhibitions and is housed in the first regional Court House in Victoria. Guides are available to speak to students.
maximum groups of 20 at $2 per student
supervising adult free. Suggested time 30-40 minutes per session.
Contact : Port Fairy Historical Society - Judith Kershaw email: firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the earliest lifeboats in 1859 with life-saving equipment
Maximum groups - 20 at $1 per student
Griffith Island Walk
History, ecology and wildlife. Lighthouse NOT open. maximum group - 30 at $2 per student
Battery Hill Powder Magazine Walk
River and Beach, history and ecology
maximum groups - 20 $1 per student
For any of these three tours
Contact: Marten Syme
Beach Ramble and Beach-combing
Enjoy a beach ramble on South Beach or Little East Beach
maximum groups- 20 About 1 hour No Charge
Contact: John Miller
Phone: 0427 871 714
Historic Cottages - Motts & Mills Cottages
These cottages are two of the oldest in Port Fairy and are controlled by the National Trust.
Maximum groups- 10-20 $2 per student
Contact : Heather Wood
Tower Hill -Dormant Volcano
Tower Hill is between Port Fairy and Warrnambool, access from the Princes Highway. Open all day, free Park entry, accessible for large vehicles.
Information Centre, self-guided nature walks, wildlife including wallabies, emus, koalas, birds, Aboriginal history.
The top 4 walks are:
Lava Tongue Boardwalk- Easy, 1km. 15 minutes
Tower Hill Peak Climb-Moderate, 0.8km 20 minutes.
Tower Hill Circuit- Easy, 1.8km 35 minutes
Lakes Edge Path-Moderate, 5.1km. 1 hour 30 minutes
Google: Tower Hill Victoria
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