Port Fairy is a coastal town in south-western Victoria, Australia. It lies on the Princes Highway in the Shire of Moyne, 28 kilometres (17 mi) west of Warrnambool and 290 kilometres (180 mi) west of Melbourne, at the point where the Moyne River enters the Southern Ocean.

During the 1960s and ’70s, the headlines were about sharks – great whites to be precise. The first time I heard of Port Fairy was in November 1964 when Melbourne skindiver Henri Bource joined one of the world’s most exclusive clubs: those who have been attacked by a great white and survived. Henri lost a leg to a shark while diving in Dinghy Cove on the northern face of Lady Julia Percy Island, 16 km to the south-west.

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