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Port Fairy Winter Weekends Festival

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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
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Winter Weekend Coastal Getaway
There's one thing you can be sure of if you visit Port Fairy in July, the sea air will be very, very fresh but during the Port Fairy Winter Weekends Festival being held on Saturday and Sunday the 21st & 22nd July there are a host of activities to be enjoyed during a cosy winter weekend away in one of Victoria's iconic coastal villages.

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One of Victoria's iconic coastal villages Port Fairy is well known as a summer holiday destination but rest assured you'll receive a very warm welcome in winter. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


Standout events include Wharf & Whisky with Timboon Distillery to be staged at the Wishart Gallery, corner of Cox and Sackville Streets on Saturday between 7.30 and 8.30 PM. There'll be stories of Port Fairy's early fishing, whaling and colonial days with tastings of Timboon Whisky Distillery and Audley and Hall, Port Fairy's artisan chocolatier. Tickets cost $35 per person and numbers are strictly limited so get in early and don't be disappointed.

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You be the judge at the Timboon Distillery whisky tasting.


There's comedy with Dirty Angel to be held at Coffin Sally pizza house, 33 Sackville Street on Sunday between 8 PM and 11 PM. Admission is free but you will need to book by calling Coffin Sally on 5568 2618.

A Ghost tour of the historic Port Fairy Cemetery will be held on Saturday commencing at 4 PM. Meet at the cemetery gates. Cost is $10 per person and this tour is not recommended for children.

There'll be open-house events at Talara, one of Port Fairy's iconic old homes, and Mills Cottage dating back to the early 1800's. Admission to both is by gold coin donation.

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With a great selection of accommodation, restaurants and attractions Port Fairy is a top spot to visit year round. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


The Winter Weekends Closing Party will be held on the Wharf on Sunday between 5 and 6 PM featuring mulled wine, hot chocolate, music, hot food, fire drums, bright lights and projections on the River Moyne. Admission is Free.

Check out the Port Fairy Winter Weekends Festival website for a full list of events and participating venues.

Getting There …..

Port Fairy is 288 Kilometres west of Melbourne, about a 3½ drive via the Princes Freeway/M1, the Hamilton Highway/B140.


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Don't miss the last of Port Fairy's Winter Weekends for 2018 from Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd July. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank




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Why? Enjoy the winter hospitality of Port Fairy, one of Victoria's iconic coastal villages and holiday destinations.
When: Saturday and Sunday 21st & 22nd July.
Phone: Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre (03) 5568 2632
Where: Venues in and around Port Fairy
Cost: Some events are free. Cost at others varies depening on the event and venue.
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