With a number of comfortable, self-contained apartments available, this budget motel in Port Fairy is the perfect choice for those wanting quality accommodation at an affordable price. We are proud of our three star rating under the AAA national classification scheme and are eager to assist guests wherever possible.
There is many different types of accommodation in Port Fairy, ensuring that our guests find the perfect option for their travel needs. We have a choice of upstairs or downstairs rooms with single, double and twin options. A self-contained family apartment is also available. A cot can be made available in your room; please advise us of this at the time of booking.
The Pantry Door at Basalt Café/Winery is only 1km away. It is open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.
The Carleton Inn is located in the Irish heart of the Western District, a small town known as Killarney. You will only be a short drive from the larger tourist locales of Port Fairy and Warrnambool (but without the hustle and bustle).
A delicious evening meal can be made available upon request in our licensed dining room or in your room, if you would prefer. We aim to use a selection of tasty local produce and other Australian delicacies.
Weather permitting, motels in Port Fairy can also provide guests with a portable BBQ on the deck if you would prefer to cook your own meal. We can provide some utensils, but recommend cooking a meal that doesn’t require cutlery.
There is also a small games room available at the Carleton Inn, which is the perfect location to unwind after a long evening of sightseeing. This is also a great opportunity to meet some of our other guests. Enjoy our table tennis table and small pool table. Children must be supervised at all times.
Choosing our cosy inn for your getaway will also place you within easy driving distance of the many surrounding towns, including: Warrnambool, Port Fairy, Portland, Mortlake and Terang.
Whether you decide to stay in Killarney or travel to the nearby towns of Port Fairy and Warrnambool, there are plenty of attractions to keep you entertained for the duration of your stay.
There is a small beach in Killarney that many find suitable for young children and that is popular amongst the locals for swimming, surfing, fishing and even sailing. A boat ramp is available should you require it. If you’re willing to travel a little further afield, Port Fairy has two beautiful beaches to choose from - East Beach and South Beach (or “The Passage”, as the locals have dubbed it). Safe beaches can also be found in nearby Warrnambool.
The town is only 3km from the stunning 18 hole Port Fairy Golf Course, which is definitely worth a swing or two. It was ranked 34th on Ausgolf’s list of top 100 public golf courses in Australia, and it’s no wonder when you take in the gorgeous view over Port Fairy and East Beach. Visitors are welcome to play either 9 or 18 holes, but only members are invited to join competitions. Country memberships (for people residing over 40km away) are available.
If you enjoy exploring the great outdoors, there are plenty of trails and parks in the area for you to enjoy. The Tower Hill State Wildlife Reserve is only 4km away and offers both trails and picnic areas. Visitors are likely to spot koalas, emus, kangaroos and water birds roaming throughout the reserve. The 37km Port Fairy Rail Trail (which runs through to Warrnambool) is also nearby if you would prefer a much longer trek.
If travelling between late May and early October, we recommend taking a day trip down to Warrnambool where you can watch Southern Right Whales frolicking in Lady Bay. This is the time of year when the mothers are giving birth, and they have decided that the bay is the ideal place to raise their calves. Whale viewing platforms are available at Logan’s Beach, or you can book yourself onto a charter tour if you want to get a little closer.
A number of events and festivals are held in the region each year, including the Port Fairy Folk Festival, the Fun4Kids Festival (in Warrnambool), Winter Weekends (a collection of themed festivals held in Port Fairy across select weekends during June and July), the Warrnambool Show, and the Australian Whale Boat Racing Championships (also in Warrnambool). Farmers and community markets are also held each month.
The region is rich in cultural heritage, which draws those interested in maritime history or just the history of our country in general. In Killarney, Port Fairy and Warrnambool, you will find a number of original buildings that have actually received classification from Australia’s National Trust. Many of these buildings are still in use, so feel free to explore them at your leisure. The Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village in nearby Warrnambool is also worth a visit.