So you’re thinking of visiting Port Campbell?

A very trendy coastal town lined with restaurants and cafes right down to the beaches edge.  If you are going along the Great Ocean Road then Port Campbell has to be on your list. Not only is the town picturesque but it is surrounding by some of the most stunning scenery you will see on your trip including the Twelve Apostles.

Port Campbell is not a large seaside town with under a thousand permanent residents but offers facilities hard to match on the Great Ocean Road including a national park,  stunning beaches and a very good selection of dining. Drive down to the beach for views of the inlet and surrounding Port Campbell National Park where you can enjoy the beach, go for a swim or walk up to the jetty.

If you are looking for a base to explore the Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell is an excellent location and within driving distance for a daytrip to Warrnambool.


Gregory’s Cafe Restaurant, Port Fairy

Gregory’s is the most impressive dining experience I have enjoyed in Port Fairy so far.  In fact it is probably the best I have had in the last decade and I eat a lot as you probably know by know.  So what is so special?  Well to start with is the freshness.

The range of cakes is very impressive and frequently changing and baked on-site.  The cafe is very busy with a good turnover so you don’t have the experience of a tired piece of cake that should have left days ago.  Everyone raves about the meringue (and they should) but I have gone for the bread and butter pudding.  I like cream but the chef has recommended ice-cream and she was right.  Every mouthful is a delight and the ice-cream compliments the desert perfectly.  

Even better the service is friendly and very accommodating.  Nothing is too hard to satisfy our needs and after a delicious coffee and dessert we leave very happy and eager to return.

I haven’t mentioned the decor as I have been too busy with the food.  It is modern with long bench tables on the right and more intimate tables on the left.  There is a small section at the front sectioned off where you walk through large cantilevered doors.  Pictures of Port Fairy adorn the walls and are very eye catching.

Lunches and dinners can be very busy so the smart thing is to book which I did.  Considering the quality of the dining I have been surprised how reasonable the pricing has been.  There is even a Tradies Lunch menu which may or may not require a visible vest.

This is one of the best dining experiences I have had in some time and a worthy addition to your list of must try cafes and restaurants. One of the few places I really want to get back to and makes a trip to Port Fairy well worth the drive.   



Phone: (03) 5568 2314

Address: 34 Bank St, Port Fairy, Victoria 3284

Monday:  5:00 pm to 10 pm
Tuesday: 5:00 pm to 10 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am to 10 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am to 10 pm
Friday: 10:00 am to 10 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 10 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am to 10 pm

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Charlie’s On East, Port Fairy

This is the only place to dine with views of the surf in Port Fairy as it is located with the surf life saving club. Great views of the beach from outside on the deck or within the dining room. Nothing beats a good cappuccino with the crashing waves in the background.
Charlie’s is open for breakfast and lunch with a selection of treats to go with your coffee all day. Prices are very reasonable and the coffee is nearly always good. Charlie’s has a laid back feel that you would expect for a surf location overlooking the beach. There is a long deck that you access from the carpark or through the cafe with tables and chairs so you can view the crashing waves while you dine or enjoy your coffee. If it gets too hot or cold then you can retreat into the main cafe.
Orders are taken at the service counter where you can peruse the cakes and biscuits on offer. If you are here for breakfast or lunch Charlie’s have a very good selection of meals including an extensive breakfast menu that should satisfy most tastes. If you are looking for ocean views and casual dining then this is a very good cafe to visit.



Phone: (03) 5561 5600

Address: 4 Hughes Ave, Port Fairy, Victoria 3284

Monday:  8:30 am to 5 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Friday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am to 5 pm

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