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Moyne River, Port Fairy

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The Moyne River, a perennial river of the Glenelg Hopkins catchment, is located in the Western District of Victoria, Australia.
The Moyne River rises near, from the edge of the lava flows west-southwest of Penshurst. The river flows generally south, joined by two minor tributaries, and spilling into the Belfast Lough and then reaching its mouth and emptying into Port Fairy Bay in the Bass Strait near. The river descends over its 82km course.
The mouth of the river has been significantly altered. The river originally spilled into the Bass Strait south of the town of Port Fairy through a series of narrow channels leading westward from the site of the presentday mouth. At that stage, the southern outlet of the Moyne, the Back Passage, was narrow and the opening to the sea was often too rough for boats to leave or enter the port; the main eastern outlet was blocked by a shallow sand bar. These navigational impediments led to the construction of a jetty from Flagstaff Hill and a boulder wall breakwater between Griffiths Island and Rabbit Island. Training walls constructed in the 1870s, curve from the northern part of Griffiths Island through the sand bar. These structures rapidly led to the accumulation of large amounts of sand on the north coast of Griffiths Island and back shore erosion north of the breakwaters. A protective stone wall was added in 1911.
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  • Nice river to take a stroll along. Take in the marina, fish and chip shop and enjoy the people watching.  more »
  • We spent a lovely week in Port Fairy with our two kids. So much to see and do. The Moyne River was the focus of alot of our activities - especially fishing and kayaking. Easy to lauch kayaks from vari...  more »
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  • Great place to stroll about in port fairy,lots of boats,yachts,boat ramp,eatery,battery hill,breakwater for fishing

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