Port Fairy tips
Port Fairy, Australia
Port Fairy tips Reviews
General tips and Info for Port Fairy Jul 14, 2010
When travelling to Port Fairy, keep in mind that you may want to buy bottled water. The local water, whilst completely safe, has a distinct taste that sends most people into incoherant splutters and ramblings about that 'foul stuff' that locals dare to drink :)
The town itself is small, with most amenities on the two main streets (Sackville and Bank) and the pubs all within easy walking (stumbling?) distance along Bank St.
There is one Supermarket that shuts right on 8pm every night so if you are arriving after 8pm, make sure you have everything you need for the night as the nearest supermarket is a 20min drive to Warrnambool. Also, the petrol station shuts at around 10pm nightly.
If you are planning on coming in March on Labour Day weekend good luck getting accomodation. There is an annual Folk Festival and accomodation is snapped up very quickly. Many people book a year ahead to ensure a place to sleep, however don't let this deter you. Port Fairy puts on an amazing festival and tickets go on sale around November every year. If you are a music lover definately check it out!
Getting to and from the town, in my opinion, is generally easier by car, however a train runs from Melbourne to Warrnambool daily (approx 3 services a day) and then you can easily get a connecting bus to Port Fairy.
Avoid using taxis in town as 1 - you can walk anywhere in Port Fairy and 2 - it is a very expensive way of getting around.
There are 4 main pubs in town which provide the weekend entertainment for the locals, with the Stump and the Star hosting cover bands most weekends.
If you journey here in the Winter months you MUST pack jumpers and waterproof jackets. It gets mighty cold some nights and rain goes hand in hand with Port Fairy in Winter.
Phone reception in town is generally non-existent unless you are with Telstra or Optus.
Hope this helps :)
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