We only stayed in Portland for one night and it was a pleasure to head to the pub for a “schnitty”. We left the next morning at 0530 and arrived in Port Fairy at 1030.
First thing to do was get the washing done and tidy the boat! Then it was time to explore this beautiful town; best described as quaint. Port Fairy is so neat and tidy; no litter, no long untidy grass, no rundown houses. On the contrary the people here appear to be very house proud. The town is full of old building and cottages that all appear to be freshly painted! All the white paint at the wharf area appears to be freshly painted….. there is no bird poo on anything… yes there are lots of birds around, but where they defecated before Thorfinn arrive I do not know. Note to self… squirt Thorfinn down before setting sail.
Over the three days we have spent here in Port Fairy we have explored much of it by foot. The walk to the light house is interesting. Plenty to see including an egret and a swamp wallaby.
The walkway meanders through a large shearwater colony. The shearwaters, also known as mutton birds, are currently on their annual migration which takes them past Japan and North America before arriving at the Aleutian Islands, near Alaska. They spend a few months at the Aleutian Islands before they make their way back to Port Fairy, arriving on or around the 22 Sept. They will lay and incubate their eggs in January and take off again, on or around the 16th of April, to head to the Aleutian Islands again.
Another of our walks led us to the botanical gardens. It was once a large impressive garden but there is not much to it now. The garden did, however, lead us to the caravan park were we found an old tree stump which had some interesting carvings on it, including a mermaid.
Then on to Battery Hill where the Cannons and fortifications have been since the 1860’s.
Dwayne having a close look!
Well this morning we had a last walk into Port Fairy for coffee and cake. We have refuelled and washed the bird boo from the deck and cockpit! We are now heading out of the port and onwards to Refuge Cove at Wilson Prom. It will take us approximately 44 hours! Our longest leg so far. I’ll check in with you all in four or five days. Adios!
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