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Great Ocean Colour Scene Part III – Port Fairy

16 Feb

Port Fairy Mood Board

Briefly…….

Whether this is your last stop as you cross from Victoria to South Australia, or whether this is your first landing point as you travel in the other direction, you cannot miss Port Fairy out on your itinerary.

With whaling long a truly gone as an industry provider of Port Fairy, it still celebrates the seas and fresh seafood that surrounds it, with many a decent restaurant to choose from.  You can laze along the Moyne river and watch the sail boats gently rocking in the breeze whilst you enjoy a glass of wine or two, take a walk to the Griffith Lighthouse and spot a kangeroo or three, or relax on the beach – a little something for everyone.

If you were to choose one place to stay this would be it, within short reach of the remaining 12 Apostles, the Grampians and the Coonawarra wine region it is a good mid point to stay.

So with colour in mind I used this as inspiration to put together a palette of colours and special finishes which could be translated into the home.

Basis for the palette…. focusing on the seas, and historical town, and local blue stone I have put together a palette which is subtle, calming and natural but picks up a bit of fun from the folk festivals that it prides itself on.

Colours and Candy


A little bit more information on Port Fairy…….

The magical scene of Port Fairy's waterfront and working docks

Where to stay……..

With tourism being the main source of income for Port Fairy accommodation is wide and varied, from caravan parks to boutique hotels.

Oscars Boutique Hotel Port Fairy

Oscars Boutique Hotel – For a little bit of luxury and a pretty good hearty breakfast as part of your tarif, Oscars Boutique Hotel does not disappoint. Even better is the fresh rich shortbread for you to nibble, dunk or scoff with your afternoon cuppa, as you watch the world go by from the private verandah.  With it’s Georgian style and french chic furniture it eludes grace and grandeur without the pomp and circumstance.


Places to see……Things that you should include are:

Port Fairy Light House

Walk to Griffiths Island

Griffiths Island– For a bracing but easy stroll or bike ride, with a mixture of sea life and terra firma wild life, you can take the walk around Griffiths Island. The lighthouse stands at the eastern tip, surrounded by the ruins of the lighthouse keepers cottages.


Historic Moyne River


Heritage Trail –  Port Fairy has many heritage buildings, built in a variety of architectural styles and from many different materials. They vary in grandeur being built for the purpose of the modest family through to the grandest of fellows. There are many decorative features of the buildings, such as decorative fanlights over doorways, ornate barge boards and cast iron lacework, perfect for a little heritage inspiration.  You can get a National Trust listing at the visitors centre of all of the buildings… but remember these are some peoples private homes! Where to dine……

The Stag Inn –  is a good place to start, with its use of seasonal local produce and relaxing setting. A little posh, but good to spoil yourself. You also cannot go past without taking in the aroma of the fresh rosemary bushes that surround it’s entrance.
Fancy a jig? The Merrijig Inn, above, is one of the oldest in the town.

The Merrijig Inn – the former Stag chef’s have moved to this little spot, overlooking the Moyne River.

Wisharts on the Wharf – For something a little less formal, for those with a love of seafood you cannot walk past Wisharts at The Wharf.  Not exactly fine dining, but hailed as some of the best seafood in town.  Especially if you are after that elusive Cray fish!
On with the colourful journey…………
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3 responses to “Great Ocean Colour Scene Part III – Port Fairy

  1. Elisa

    February 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    This is a beautiful post! I dream about going to Australia….

     
    • birdcagedesign

      February 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you Elisa, it is a great country so hopefully you will get to come and see it some time. Just make sure you have plenty of time to see everything!

       
  2. Jill

    March 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Beautiful place!

     

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