Port Fairy in southwest Victoria is a quiet seaside town and a popular stopover for couples travelling the Great Ocean Road. This beautiful and charming place is also home to Australia’s premier folk music festival. This year the 44th running of the Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place from the 6th – 9th March 2020, the Labour Day in Victoria and once again will showcase national and international acts. The streets of Port Fairy come alive with buskers and people who love and appreciate everything to do with folk music.

This March grab a bargain car hire deal at Melbourne Airport and drive three and a half hours west of Melbourne. Here are some of the best things to do when you get there.

Enjoy the music

Of course, the Port Fairy Folk Festival is all about the music! The festival includes dozens of acts acts performing folk, acoustic roots, bluegrass, blues, jazz and country roots. Admire to some of your favourite folk artists live on stage while also discovering new talent you haven’t heard of before. There’s the award winning and aclaimed Archie Roach, and groups like The Burning Hell out of Canada and from Scotland’s Orkney islands discover the joy of the Scottish folk scene with Fara in the quartet’s first tour of Australia. Big Roy and Orchie the Dog are more Scots to be found with one of the best street theatre walkabouts you’ll experience.

Explore the art and craft stalls

The festival also boasts some top notch craft and market stalls. The Port Fairy Folk Festival has a reputation for its vibrant craft scene. Its stalls sell unique, handmade itesms. There are sites available across the town. There are also workshops for children, where they can learn to make some of these amazing gifts.

Hike Tower Hill

Drive to Tower Hill so you can walk across what was once an active volcano, about 4 km wide. In decades past it was full of fields to grow crops, it became a motorbike racing site, and eventually a rubbish dump. But since the area started to be reforested with more than 300,000 trees over the past 40 years, native animals have flocked to the area. It’s now a beautiful area of state park with five scenic self-guided walks. You’ll uncover old lava flow, stunning wetlands and a variety of birdlife.

BRIANNA PIAZZA

Brianna Piazza

Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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