Port Fairy

Port Fairy Entrance
Port Fairy

General Position:

37 23S  142 14.5E

Note: approx. only. Do not use as an anchoring point on your GPS.

Shelter From:

All directions
(refer to note below from Dave Mardle)


Although Pt Fairy is a fishing port, there is often space available alongside the wharf on the northern side of the River Moyne and by arrangement with the Manager, Max Dumesny, Port of Port Fairy – contact 03 5568 1108. Alternatively, pole moorings may be available at the sailing club on the opposite side of the river.


The town of Pt Fairy is situated on the River Moyne and has a wide range of facilities available within walking distance from the wharf – hotels, fuel, super-market, bakeries, chandlery, boat repairs. Although there has been a significant amount of (unsympathetic) development over the past few years, many historic buildings remain.
Note that space in the port during the annual Folk Festival (Victorian Labour day w/e) is severely limited due to the number of visiting boats and advance bookings are essential.

-May 2005

Other Comments:

The only wind direction that the river does not provide an incredible degree of protection from is the south east and while storm winds from this direction are rare, extreme care in these conditions is needed on exposed parts of the Moyne River.

Dave Mardle (Tarooki), Gardners Bay, Tasmania and contained in the book A Slow Amble Along the Coast published Oct 1996 by Memoir Publishing ISBN 0 646 30116 0

Oct 1996

As I rounded the lighthouse on Griffith Island the enormity of the swell was brought home to me. The surf was huge and its break extended well beyond the buoy that marks the turning point for the Moyne River’s entrance. As I approached the river mouth there was even the occasional, if small, break across the mouth. (This was after an extended period of high winds from the SW – while the wind had died down somewhat [20 kts], there was till a large swell running)

Dave Mardle (Tarooki), Gardners Bay, Tasmania and contained in the book A Dawdle to the Derwent published Oct 2002 by Memoir Press ISBN 0-9585160-1-4

Oct 2002

Pt Fairy is $15 per day which includes a key to the slipway facilities (laundry with wash/mach, kitchen, shower and loo…..all brand new and 1st class). The wharf is good and is immediately adjacent to a grassed area with free electric barbecues etc.
The slip is excellent and affordable ….$150 to set up and put you up and down and $40 per day while up there. I used it in January…..the guys that work it are fantastic and very welcoming. There is an excellent wooden boat builder there (Garry Stuart).
Need to be cautious about the depth in the river, though I read they are dredging it out to deepen it. There is a reef near the entrance to the river…….there’s a navigation buoy that has to be left on the port side when approaching the entrance from the seaward side. Generally a great place to stop.

Merry Abbey (Ranger), Portland, Victoria, in an email dated 04/07/04