Location & Information

Port Fairy is on the South West Coast of Victoria, approximately 290km from Melbourne, and 28km from Warrnambool, it’s largest regional neighbour. Allow 3.5 hours travel from Melbourne by car via Princes/Hamilton Highway and 6 hours if taking the scenic route via the Great Ocean Road.  The Festival arena is just a short stroll from the centre of the township.

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Port Fairy is an old sea-side fishing and farming village looking out to the Southern Ocean waves rolling along the south-west coast of the state of Victoria. It was along this south coast of Australia that ships sailed in the early years of immigration. Many were wrecked on the rocks. A fishing fleet still operates from the wharf on the river.

The town of Port Fairy has become a thriving year round tourism destination and is an ideal stopover for ongoing tours further west or north to The Grampians.

Access & Parking

The main Arena is located at Southcombe Sports Complex in Campbell Street, Port Fairy. There are also many free venues in the township that provide entertainment for non-ticket holders. If you are staying in town, please consider walking to the festival! There is also a low floor wheelchair accessible Music Shuttle Bus that circuits the town for the cost of a gold coin donation. Public parking is available on the corner of James and Campbell Streets; a fee is charged and parking spaces are limited. You may also park in the streets of town where permitted, however please observe all signs, and road closures. Wheelchair access is available to all venues in the Arena, Fiddler’s Green, Lecture Hall, St Pat’s Hall and the Reardon Theatre in the town. Disabled permit parking is located in Campbell Street outside the front gate of the Arena. Wheelchair accessible toilets are provided at the public toilet locations in the Arena and around the township. Hearing induction loops are installed at stages 1 & 3. Receivers can be obtained from the Festival Information Stall located centrally in the arena.

V-Line provides services to Port Fairy via rail to Warrnambool and coach to Port Fairy. For timetable details, please click here: www.vline.com.au

Music Shuttle Bus

The Music Shuttle circuit commences at Gardens Oval and circuits the village of Port Fairy.

Times

Friday 6:30pm – 12:30am
Saturday & Sunday 8:30am – 12:30am
Monday 8:00am – 2:00pm

The Music shuttle is a low floor bus with pram and wheelchair access.

Warrnambool & Gum Tree Caravan Park Festival Bus

In addition to the Port Fairy Shuttle Bus service the Festival has introduced Festival buses for patrons travelling from Warrnambool and Gum Tree Caravan Park. Gold coin donations are appreciated and this initiative would not be able to happen without the support of the TAC.

Pick up for the Warrambool service will be from the Visitor Information Centre, 89 Merri Street, Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, with a second pick up point at  600 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool (near Kentucky Fried Chicken). The trip is expected to take approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic. Passengers will disembark outside the Festival gates in Campbell St, Port Fairy. This is also the pick up point for the return journey.

The Gum Tree Caravan Park bus is a separate service that will also be stopping at Port Fairy Big 4 and  Port Fairy Holiday Park.  There is no need to book for either service, please arrive at your pick up point early as ‘first in, best dressed’ seating applies. The bus schedules are as follows:

Warrnambool (Coaster buses unless stated otherwise)

Friday 
Leave Flagstaff Hill 5.30pm
Leave Flagstaff Hill 7.30pm
Leave Festival (Coach) 11.30pm

Saturday & Sunday
Leave Flagstaff Hill 9.00am
Leave Flagstaff Hill 1.00pm
Leave Festival 5.00pm
Leave Flagstaff Hill 6.00pm
Leave Festival 9.00pm
Leave Festival (Coach) 11.30pm

Monday
Leave Flagstaff Hill 9.00am
Leave Festival 1.00pm

Gum Tree Caravan Park Bus (Coaster – also stopping at Port Fairy Big 4 and Port Fairy Holiday Park).
Friday 
Leave Gum Tree 5.30pm
Leave Festival 11.00pm

Saturday & Sunday
Leave Gum Tree 9.15am
Leave Festival 4.00pm
Leave Gum Tree 6.00pm
Leave Festival 11.00pm

Monday
Leave Gum Tree 9.15am
Leave Festival 1.15pm


The Port Fairy folk Festival is proudly working Towards Zero with the TAC

Program

The festival program includes performances from both international and Australian artists in a wide variety of genres including folk, roots, blues, jazz, world, country and bluegrass in both ticketed and free venues. There is also comedy, spoken word, family friendly activities, street performers, craft and market stalls, workshops, theme concerts, Festival Choir and one of the best exhibitions of Australian made, handcrafted musical instruments in the country. Artist profiles are listed on our Artists page as they are announced. The full festival program and the program app will be available on the website prior to the commencement of the Festival. The Village program commences at Friday 5:00pm, and Arena gates open 5:30pm, with the opening ceremony commencing at 6:00pm. Arena gates close Monday afternoon at 2:00pm.

Venues

The main music program is held in the Festival Arena (Southcombe Park Sports Reserve), which features several large venues, two of which are licensed. The Arena is open to ticket holders only. There are also several venues around the Village including churches, halls, the Reardon Theatre and and free entertainment on Fiddlers’ Green. There are three market areas; Sackville Street, Railway Place and Fisherman’s Walk, as well as food and craft stalls in the Arena.  Most concert venues have some fixed seating installed. In venues that have grassed surfaces, patrons may bring low height beach chairs and rugs to sit on.

Food & Beverages

The Arena has many food and beverage vendors, including two licensed areas. There are many dining options in the Village of Port Fairy including pubs, restaurants and street stalls. You may bring your own food and drink into the Arena (apart from alcoholic beverages). Drinking water and dish-washing facilities are provided within the Arena.

Craft Stalls

There are many boutique craft stalls in the Festival Arena, and throughout the Village of Port Fairy.