Port Fairy Lighthouse On Griffiths Island, Port Fairy

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Griffiths Island, sometimes incorrectly spelled as Griffith Island, lies at the mouth of the Moyne River next to, and within the bounds of, the town of Port Fairy, in the Western District of the state of Victoria in Australia. Griffiths now has no permanent inhabitants, but is connected to the mainland by a causeway and is accessible on foot. It forms part of the Port Fairy and Belfast Coastline Protection Reserve and, as well as being a tourist attraction, is an important site in the context of the history of European settlement of western Victoria. It is managed by the Moyne Shire Council.HistoryThere is little surviving evidence of Aboriginal use of the island, though it was visited by the local Gunditjmara people, who knew it as Moleen. Following commercial investigation of the western Victorian coast, it was named after John Griffiths, an entrepreneur and merchant from Launceston in northern Tasmania, who figures prominently in the early history of the area. From the mid 1830s until 1843 the island served as a base for a bay whaling station for Southern Right Whales, until the supply of whales was exhausted and the industry went into terminal decline. Some shipbuilding also took place during the 1840s. The abandoned whaling station buildings were later used until 1854 by Flora Dunlop, widow of Victorian politician Alexander Dunlop, as a ‘mission’ for young Aborigines. Because of its historic and archaeological significance, the island has been listed on the Victorian Heritage Register (H1659).
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  • This is on te island walk and well worth a. Look. The path to the door is an amazing feat and worth taking te time to look  more »
  • it's a lovely 1 hour walk around the Island, seeing the Lighthouse and many different varieties of birds, unfortunately there was a lot, I mean 2 birds every 3 steps a lot, dead. l thought I was looki...  more »
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  • Absolutely stunning walk around a beautiful island. No dogs allowed because the park has been baited for foxes and to protect abundant wildlife. You will see heaps of seabirds including the mutton birds that call the island home, as well as plenty of wallabies. The walk covers a range of beach terrains, is well marked and takes you around the island in about an hour. Leave plenty of time to explore and take photos on the way. Watch out for holes as the birds live in burrows! Stunning photos at sunset too - Def worth a visit.
  • Nice scenic 1.2km walk from the car park to the lighthouse. Lighthouse open to the public for a small fee. Kids can dabble in the water around the Point looking for sea shell or you can fish of the estuary!

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