Port Fairy is a small coastal town on Australia's south coast. It became wealthy as a haven for whalers and sealers and then popular with Irish immigrants, it is Victoria's oldest port. The town is located between Melbourne and Adelaide, just above the Great Ocean Road. It was named the "Most LIvable City in the World" and the title is well deserved. Many retirees from Australia choose to live here for those reasons. It has fantastic wide sandy beaches with real waves but safe for swimming. The Moyne River runs through town, which provides a very pleasant walk along the many sailboats ties up along the boardwalk on both sides. Downtown there are several wide and busy shopping streets filled with cute shops (at least 2 bookstores within 10 meters of each other), art galleries, and restaurants of all types. People come here for holidays and also to live in this ideal town. Retirees say that they like it here because they can walk to everything, there is a wonderful hospital with many caring doctors, the beach, the shops, and the restaurants.
The town has a number of important festivals throughout the year that attract many attendees. Those include the Port Fairy Art Festival and the Port Fairy Folk Music Festival. Performers like Buffy St. Marie and Sinead O'Connor highlight the 2015 Festival in March.