We returned to one of our favourite destinations from our previous trip for the past three days – Port Fairy which completes the Great Ocean Road. Today as we headed north to Dunkeld we reflected that Port Fairy delivered on only 2 of 3 of our expectations.
- The coastal port town is still a delight with cottage lined streets, historic bluestone buildings and fantastic old pubs. The small harbor is the jewel in the towns crown, a wander along the causeway which leads to Griffith Island, by following the walking track you are taken right round the island, past the much photographed lighthouse and then along the beach for breathtaking views of the rocky coast and sandy bays. A rail/bike ride track to Warnnambool lots of rustic charm and a great caravan park – Belfast Cove where the birds tweet all day and time just stands still. It’s easy to understand why Port Fairy won the 2012 international Livcom Award for ‘Most Livable Community’
- Ray Bellamy now 81 cooked us fish and chips 5 years ago. We paid Ray a visit and although age is catching up we shared a couple of cups of coffee and were invited back to watch a video of a recent ABC feature on Landline – Three Men and a Boat. The Tacoma was Australia’s first purpose-built tuna fishing vessel. It began catching bluefin off the coast of Port Lincoln in the early ’50s and it transformed the fishing industry in this country forever. Ray’s two brothers left Port Fairy on the Tacoma – one lost at sea never to be found. Ray is a legend of Port Fairy.
- Why 2 out of 3 – well the Time and Tide Restaurant has now changed to a High Tea establishment on weekends only. Being there midweek was a blow – we had been looking forward to our visit for some time. Only those who have eaten at the Time and Tide will understand our disappointment.
We have now headed back to the Southern Grampians, very soon bound for South Australia. That means we are inching our way towards home.