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Port Fairy Phillip Island

November 6, 2014 by David Herd

Port Fairy

Port Fairy Phillip IslandPort Fairy Phillip Island along the Great Ocean Road via Apollo Bay is one of the great Australian road trips. I took the car ferry across Port Phillip Bay from Queenscliff to Sorrento.

Port Fairy guest houses

Port Fairy At the 2006 census, Port Fairy had a population of 2,599. Its main industries are tourism and fishing, and it is the home port for one of Victoria’s largest fishing fleets. A pharmaceutical factory owned by Glaxo Smith Kline is located on the outskirts of the town. Port Fairy was voted as one of the world’s most livable cities with a population under 20,000 after winning the 2012 International LivCom award.

Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay3Nice little town however I wouldn’t rush back.

Apollo Bay Victoria

Port Fairy Phillip Island

I’m reminded of the early 70s when I often use to visit this great part of Australia.

Interesting house on the Ocean Great Road.

Port Fairy Phillip Island

A spectacular home dominating the hill.

Cape Patton Lookout

Cape Patton Lookout Cape Patton lookout on the Great Ocean Road. About 5km on the Apollo Bay side of Kennet River is the high lookout at Cape Patton. The lookout offers more spectacular ocean outlooks and an equally spectacular panorama of the long sweep of ocean beaches culminating in Apollo Bay, along with the impossibly green hills of the hinterland.

 From Cape Patton Lookout

great Ocean road

A rugged windy coastline.

Port Fairy Phillip Island

Port Fairy to Phillip IslandPort Fairy Phillip Island by road, there is a shortcut, the ferry takes you from Queenscliff to Sorrento.

Queenscliff to Sorrento ferry

Queenscliff Sorrento ferry

The ferry cats hours off the trip to Sorrento.

Crossing Port Phillip Bay

Queenscliff ferry

Luckily the crossing was quite calm.

Sorrento in Victoria

Sorrento Victoria

This time of the year (October) Sorrento was very quiet and peaceful. 

The bridge to Phillip Island

Phillip Island bridge

Looking forward to my first trip to Phillip Island.

Phillip Island

Phillip Island

First impressions are good however I think it would be very cold in the winter.

Cowes at Phillip Island

Cowes Phillip Island

A very pleasant little village.

Hotel Phillip Island

Port Fairy Phillip Island

Here is my favourite place in Phillip Island.

Great steak at the Hotel

Hotel Phillip IslandMonday night was $10 Steak night, vegetables an extra $4, great value.

Naturally I had to order a wine

Port Fairy Phillip Island

Excellent with my very good steak.

Hotel Phillip Island

Hotel Phillip Island2The pub is a very lively place that attracts the locals as well as backpackers. Each night they offer a special from the restaurant, I must say steak was excellent & cooked to perfection.

I stayed at the Coachman Motel just one block from the beach & shops. The room & internet was excellent as was the price through AGODA.

Cowes at Phillip Island

Phillip Island Cowes

Phillip Island is a tourist destination visited by 3.5 million people annually. The Penguin Parade at Phillip Island Nature Park, in which Little Penguins come ashore in groups, attracts visitors from all over the world. They come to see one of the few areas where this species of penguin can be seen.

The island is recognized as having some of the most consistently reliable and varied surf conditions in the country. The island has hosted various surf events in the past, such as the Rip Curl Pro in 2005 and the Roxy Pro Women’s Surfing Festival.

Other events include the Churchill Island Working Horse and Pioneer Festival.


Phillip Island is steeped in the history of Australian motor racing. A circuit composed of the island’s interior roads was used for the original Australian Grand Prix in 1928 and continued to be used for the race up until 1935. In 1952 the Phillip Island Auto Racing Club was formed. They commenced construction on the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit which opened in 1956. In 1960 the original Armstrong 500 was held, although with the bridge to the mainland unable to support heavy hotmix bitumen equipment the track broke after the third running of the race in 1962. In 1963 the race relocated to the Mount Panorama Circuit and over time evolved into the race known today as the Bathurst 1000.

The circuit closed in the late 1970s but was redeveloped and re-opened in 1989 to host the first international version of the Australian motorcycle Grand Prix. It continues to host the race today and is also a venue for the Superbike World Championship, V8 Supercars and the Australian Drivers’ Championship.

Click here for my post on the Great Ocean Road.

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