that depicts Port Fairy best is that of the Moyne River waterfront,
its wharves lined with colourful fishing boats and yachts. If any
one house stands out amidst this most picturesque scene, it would
have to be the big two-storey pale grey building close to the old
Waterfront Boutique Hotel blends in perfectly with Port Fairy’s
heritage, but surprisingly it’s a new building (apart from the
restored Belfast ice works behind, now skillfully converted into B&B
rooms). Modern French provincial is the theme throughout the main
house, which is decidedly of mansion proportions.
hall is graced by a beautiful sweeping wrought-iron staircase leading
to the upstairs guestrooms. Each of the five has a good-sized ensuite
bathroom, king bed, and all the little extras expected in a classy
place. Ask for a river-view room by all means, but remember the guest
verandah, at wharf level, is always a good spot for a cuppa in sunny
weather - and this, or the breakfast room just indoors, is where Oscars
full-cooked breakfast can be enjoyed. There's also a big sitting room (left, second from top) with
comfy couches, open fire, and magazines to browse. Oscars has
hydronic heating and individual air-conditioning in rooms.
has two spacious new guestrooms(at left), both ensuite and one with its own
sitting room; each guestroom has a separate entrance.
is a luxury B&B with an unbeatable location - so close to the
fishing-boat wharf that you can enjoy breakfast and chat to fishermen
as they unload the catch of the day. From here you can walk to the
lighthouse on Griffiths Island, stroll the streets admiring cottage
gardens and local heritage, or head for one of the local restaurants
for dinner. You can spend days exploring this fascinating town and
visited Oscars on three occasions, most recently in May 2007. On my
next visit to Port Fairy I will stay overnight and report on the
breakfast menu in detail.
41B Gipps Street, Port Fairy; 270km west of Melbourne via the Princes
Hwy, a little over three hours drive. Alternatively, drive via the
Great Ocean Road - about seven hours with sightseeing.
MUCH: from $250/night per couple, bed & breakfast .
Phone: (03)5568 3022
about Port Fairy