Neil and Laura's 2005 Adventure travel blog

Blue Lake at Mount Gambier between Robe and Port Fairy

View of the beach from our apartment

View from the bedroom - couldn't be much closer to the sea

Pea Soup Beach between the apartment and the town

On the beach at Griffiths Island

The Wharf at Port Fairy - still a busy fishing port

Boardwalk at the wharf

Coastline near Bay of Islands on the Great Ocean Road

The Grotto near Port Campbell

The Twelve Apostles (there are twelve honestly)


Port Fairy, like most of the communities along the south coast of Australia, started life as a sealing and whaling station and was then known as Belfast. It still has an active fishing fleet but is also a big tourist destination and marks the western end of the Great Ocean Road around the south coast of Victoria. It's a good base to explore the western half of the Road including the famous Twelve Apostles rock formation.

Our accommodation is simply stunning. A very modern single storey apartment in a small block right on the shore in the dunes just outside the town with a small private beach just round the corner. You can lie in bed and watch the waves crashing in from the Southern Ocean onto the rocky shoreline through the floor to ceiling windows. It makes it hard to get up and the three nights we spend here aren't really long enough. It's pretty pricey too - a smallish plot of land with a beachfront location is for sale for nearly £300K just up the road, and that's before you put a house on it.

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