Day 2 -3 Wednesday and Thursday: Tourist stuff at Port Fairy. - Warrnambool to Port Fairy - CycleBlaze

April 3, 2013

Day 2 -3 Wednesday and Thursday: Tourist stuff at Port Fairy.

Port Fairy YHA
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Our stay at the Port Fairy Youth Hostel (a merchant's home from the 1840's) is in the town's heritage area, and on this visit we stayed in “The Coachman's Room”

The Coachman's Room
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in the YHA grounds; where we could park our bike under the outside wooden staircase.

Coach House in YHA grounds
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Over the next few days I learnt how wonderful and convenient it was to hop on the bike and ride around town, and parking problems did not exist. We rode to Mott's Cottage;

Mott's Cottage
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and to the local museum

History Centre The Courthouse
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housed in the old court house building which had manikins dressed in period costumes; along the Moyne River

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to the gun emplacements

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During the latter part of the 19th century Imperial Russia was building up a significant naval presence in the Pacific and The Colony of Victoria set up defences at its ports, Port fairy, Warrnambool, and Queenscliffe (entrance to Melbourne.)The guns were manned by local volunteers but Russia decided to go to war with Japan and the Colony of Victoria was not invaded.

and to many other places of interest around town. But in the evening we walked to The Caledonian Inn

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(the oldest licensed Hotel in Victoria 1844) where we had a wonderful meal in true country style. One morning riding past the information centre we were flagged down by a very large man who was acting as a bike-buffer-stop, who invited us to ride with a gathering group of local cyclists. After some time exchanging news about bikes and the weather etc we were left with the welcoming news that we could ride with them any time we were in town. This encounter only re-enforced the town's 2012 award as the World's Most Liveable Community.

Today's ride: 20 km (12 miles)
Total: 65 km (40 miles)

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