Love a long weekend? A few are coming around the corner. It’s awesome to escape for that extra day, however, you don’t have to wait until a public holiday comes along. Get away on your terms and avoid the crowds to create a fun-filled long weekend with the family. A quick 3-day vacation can recharge your batteries and help everyone reconnect away from the hustle and bustle of kids’ sports and activities.
Here are some handpicked highlights of what Port Fairy has to offer the family while you’re on a long weekend escape.
Family-friendly dining in Port Fairy
Everyone loves a delicious pizza and Coffin Sally Pizza Bar is a hidden gem right in the heart of Port Fairy. They specialise in pizzas and make them fresh, tasty and with love. Step inside this beautiful bluestone historical building and enjoy the ambiance that includes a cosy courtyard, fireplace and large selection of pizzas sure to please the whole family.
A trip to Port Fairy isn’t complete unless you take the kids to Rebecca’s Café and Ice Creamery. This unique laneway and ice cream shop is home to an assortment of delicious ice creams that will delight your tastebuds. There’s also coffee, famous treats, baked cheesecakes, cold drinks and scrumptious cafe cuisine. You also don’t need to cook dinner, just grab one of their tasty heat-at-home meals from lasagne, and curries, to soups. Everything is handmade by the team at Rebecca’s. Go on in and try something delicious!
If you’re looking for homestyle cakes, scones and fresh coffee with a brilliant front row view of the ocean dine at Charlies on East. Charlies overlooks the famous East beach, as well as the iconic lighthouse on Griffiths Island. This down-to-earth beachfront cafe is a hidden gem worth a pop-in for breakfast, lunch, morning tea or afternoon tea. There’s cosy indoor seating with a fireplace and light-filled windows or outdoor seating right next to the beach.
What to do on your long weekend away in Port Fairy
Koroit Botanic Gardens is a fantastic picnic spot for the family located a short drive from Port Fairy and on the way to Tower Hill Reserve. Drop by for a picnic and explore the charming pathways that meander between the lush green trees and shrubberies. The gardens were established around 1880 and contain over 100 rare and unusual trees from around the world. There’s a playground, pram-friendly paths and plenty to see for anyone who enjoys a pleasant place to walk, relax and unwind.
Have you ever… been on a giant sand dune slide? A 10-minute drive is all it takes to get to the Yambuk Giant Slide. This 33-metre beach slide is perfect for adventurers both young and old. The climb to the top is well worth it, with magnificent views of the coast and Lady Percy Julia Island. Once at the top it’s then time to whiz down the super fast slide. Be careful though, you won’t be able to stop at just one go! There’s also a playground and BBQ area for a coastal picnic lunch.
Across the bridge from Port Fairy’s serene harbour is Battery Hill. The kids will be fascinated to learn that Port Fairy was once fortified with cannons. Yes that’s right! Concerned about wars in Europe and a perceived invasion in the 1800s, Battery Hill was established in Port Fairy. The cannon is still there and even is fired each year!
Your pick of accommodation at Southcombe Caravan Park
Spacious, friendly and perfect for families of all sizes, Southcombe Caravan Park offers an impressive 6 hectares of grassy camping right alongside the coastline of South Beach. There is easy access to the beach and pristine views of Griffiths Island. The camp ground is designed for families with a playground, tennis court, modern kitchen, bathroom and laundry, Wi-fi internet and a fully stocked kiosk. Bring your fur babies along too, we are a dog-friendly camping ground with lots of wide open spaces.
Southcombe Caravan Park offers camping and caravanning sites as well as group accommodation at their Southcombe Lodge.
Camping and caravaning – This is an affordable option for the family looking for a long weekend camping adventure. Both the powered and unpowered sites are on average 8 metres by 8 metres and the grounds are kept level, neat and tidy. The park is within walking distance to the town centre, local reserve and beautiful beaches.
Group accommodation – Southcombe Lodge is ideal for any school camp, community, corporate or large family group of up to 66 people. There are 16 bedrooms, disabled facilities, recreational meeting rooms, table tennis, a basketball ring, a kitchen, a community laundry and a large dining room that caters up to 80 people. Located next to the Southcombe Caravan Park the lodge boasts access to the beach, surfing, fishing, heated pool and the Port Fairy town centre where you’ll find all the shopping, cafes, restaurants, hotels and entertainment you’ll need for an awesome long weekend in Port Fairy.
Make family time a priority with a long weekend away at the gorgeous Port Fairy. If it’s been a while don’t worry we’re waiting to welcome you all with open arms. See you soon in idyllic Port Fairy!