Port Fairy rockpool

Killarney Beach and Port Fairy: beyond the Great Ocean Road:

We set off from Princetown all too conscious that we were heading towards Warrnambool, the town which marks the end of the Great Ocean Road. It felt like a significant milestone – a beginning as much as an ending: we were all present and accounted for, we hadn’t experienced any major disasters and we still had so much ahead. Pats on the back and scratches behind the ears all ‘round.

On our way through Warrnambool we stopped at Logan Beach to check out the whale viewing platform. Southern right whales congregate in the area to give birth and raise calves between late May and early October, so unfortunately we were a bit early for the season. However, we did see three seals cavorting in the shore break. Very cool.

We ended up driving twenty kilometres past Warrnambool to a place called Killarney Beach, in Moyne Shire (phonetically speaking, Jono felt very much at home). Our camp site at Killarney Beach Caravan Park was on the outer rim of a cricket / AFL oval where we set up right between the goal posts. The sporting ground doubled as an off-leash dog area so Neddy was as happy as the proverbial pig.

Killarney Beach Caravan Park aerial view

Aerial view of our Killarney Beach camp site, courtesy of Jono’s drone

Killarney Beach dawn

Laura’s pre-dawn funk boogey at Killarney Beach

Killarney Beach sunrise

Sunrise at Killarney Beach

Killarney Beach

Afternoons at Killarney Beach

Local attractions included Tower Hill State Game Reserve, where we encountered some very bold and inquisitive emus; and also a quaint town called Koroit, known for its potato-farming. Jono, a lover and champion of the humble potato (they’re not Laura’s favourite), did well to resist many a roadside potato stall. Laura was glad we managed to avoid these given the smallest quantity advertised was fifteen kilos.

Tower Hill wildlife

Towel Hill emus

A visit to Port Fairy on Laura’s birthday proved to be one of our favourite days of the trip thus far. We couldn’t believe our luck at finding a crystal clear tidal rock pool, calm and still, despite being only metres from a solid six foot swell. We spent hours there, alternating between swimming and lazing on volcanic rocks warmed by the sun, before indulging in the “worlds’ best fish and chips” (Jono certified) for the birthday lunch.

Port fairy rockpool

Coaxing Neddy to have a swim at our Port Fairy rockpool

Port Fairy rockpool

He’s still thinking about it

Port Fairy rockpool

Halfway there! You can see the waves breaking in the background

Port Fairy rockpool Neddy swimming

He’s in!

Port Fairy rockpool Neddy swimming

Our furry little otter

Port Fairy rockpool Neddy swimming

And he’s off again

Port Fairy rockpool

Underwater fun

Port Fairy rockpool family photo

Family photo

Port Fairy rockpool cuddles

Post-swim birthday cuddles on warm volcanic rocks

We had heard mixed reviews about Port Fairy, but our recommendation is to visit – or even stay for a few days if the weather is good. It boasts a beautiful lighthouse walk, nice beaches, good surf and abundant wildlife. Though dogs aren’t allowed on the main beaches between 9am and 5pm from December to Easter Monday we did find the dog-friendly Belfast Coastal Reserve (accessed via Woodbine Road, slightly east of Port Fairy).

Port Fairy aerial view

Jono flying his bird above Port Fairy

The day we saw kids rushing joyously out of school gates, celebrating their last day of term was our signal to head to Rocklands State Forest to wait out the Easter rush.

Belfast Coastal Reserve

We’re outta here

2 thoughts on “Killarney Beach and Port Fairy: beyond the Great Ocean Road:

    • Laura and Jono

      Hey Geraldine, so sorry we overlooked this! Let us know if you’re still on the road … maybe we can meet up somewhere 🙂

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