Queenscliff Travel Guide

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Queenscliff Highlights

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     Easygoing, laidback, no crowds... 

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  • In a nutshell
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     Queenscliff is full of old world charm. Located 20 minutes from Geelong it is a perfect day trip. 

Queenscliff Things to Do

  • Heritage Walk

    Queenscliff has a surprising number of grand historical buildings for its size – many now converted into hotels and bed & breakfasts. Most are centred round Hesse St (the high street) and the parallel Gellibrand St overlooking the bay. Few are open to the general public other than guests, but they make up a pleasant part of any walk round the town,...

  • Queenscliff Pier

    'Splitting' the bay beach in two is the historic Queenscliff Pier, opened in 1879 and used for a variety of purposes, including the unloading of cargo (smaller ships), housing the local lifeboat and passenger ships/ferries. It was closed in 1936 and is now primarily used for fishing, although the beautiful old wooden passenger waiting room is...

  • Back (Bay) Beach

    Can't say that you would travel to Queenscliff specifically for the beach, the back bay beach – while hardly the most picturesque (and which attracts, as you can see from the image, seaweed) – is a safe strip of sand away from the potentially dangerous rips of the open sea beaches.

  • Bellarine Rail Trail

    Starting at the Queenscliff steam rail station, a delightful, relaxing walk winds its way round Swan Bay (the first sheltered bay from Queenscliff) all the way to Geelong some 33 kilometres away. You can select as much or as little as you want to do - less than an hour (return) is the delightful paved walk to the Queenscliff Yacht Club, overlooking...

  • Marina

    Close to the ferry for Sorrento and the eastern shorelines of Port Phillip Bay is the Queenscliff marina. There's a great deal of recent investment, with new berths for the yachts and pleasure crafts but also a small commercial development consisting of a few shops, cafes and the 360 Degree restaurant with viewing tower.Tower is free (lifts or...

  • Point Lonsdale

    Head over to Point Lonsdale, 5 kilometres away for a stunning sea beach. This is the coastline that a few kms further west forms the Great Ocean Road. It's a fairly laid back spot - thankfully not overdeveloped in spite of being the closest sea beach to Melbourne - a few shops and cafes, set back away from the sheltered bay beach. A 5-10 minute...

  • The Blues Train

    One of Victoria's biggest attractions - although sadly limited as its capacity is 200, runs once a week (Saturdays) from August to May and generally sells out months in advance.It's a very straightforward concept. A four-carriage steam train plies the tracks of the tourist Bellarine Railway, starting at and returning to Queenscliff. Each carriage...

  • Ferry to Sorrento

    You can take a car/passenger ferry to Sorrento from Queenscliff. Every 1 hr the ferry departs to the other location...i mean from both the sides (Soreento & Queenscliff). This is nice way to get to the other side quickly and makes more pleasurable. It took nearly 40 minutes to cross...they said we can watch dolphins (sometimes!!!)...but we didn’t!!

  • Heritage Walk

    Queenscliff has some amazing old building. It's a lovely little village to walk around.A good way to get the history is to do a heritage Walk. These are run at 2.00pm Saturdays. They take about 1 1/4 hours to do.Bookings are essentialIf you can't do a tour there is a self guided booklet that you can buy. This takes about 45 minutes and you follow...

  • Beach Fun

    If you are lucky enough to find some summer when down this way a swim in the beach is a fun thing to do.There are BBQ's along the foreshore.If you are looking for a surf beach , head out of Queenscliff and take the Point Lonsdale Road. Follow the road around the foreshore and then into Ocean St......there are tracks that will take you down to the...

  • Retail Therapy

    There are some great shops to spend your well earnt money.You have fashion, house goods, giftware, jewellery and many more.Galleries and yummy foods.Most of these shops are along the main Street.Enjoy browsing.......

  • Dolphin Swims

    You can either sight see or swim with the Dolphins. This is done in the Port Phillip Bay area.The boat tour is 4 hours.You have qualified instructors.Wetsuits,masks and snorkel are providedAll tours depart from Queenscliffe Boat Harbour. Season October to April

  • Railway Fun

    The Bellarine Peninsula Railway runs a fun Steam Train trip on Sundays,Tuesdays and Thursdays in School Holiday times.You can organise package day tours,wedding receptions or a birthday party.The return trip from Queenscliff to Drysdale and return takes 3 1/4 hours.Bookings are not required.They also have a Blues Train. Visit www.bluestrain.com.au...

  • Seafood Festival..

    On Good Friday, Queenscliff held a Seafood Festival on the foreshore. It was in aid of The Children's Hospital Appeal, so a lot of people turned up for the outdoor event. They had great music all day, from classic rock, blues, pop... oldies.. A very enjoyable day..

  • Look.... No hands..

    OK, I know... not the most ladylike position...Never did learn to ride side saddle... ha,ha...Actually, this was an interesting place to visit, lots of history about Ft. Queenscliff. There is also a museum here, which tells about the past of this region.

  • Fort Queenscliff

    Guns on display just outside Ft. Queenscliff, which was developed between 1850 and 1880.Ships fixing their position in relation to the first two lighthouses can navigate The Rip. Between those lighthouses was built Fort Queenscliff, one of a defensive network of armed stations guarding the entrance to Port Phillip.During the 1880s Queenscliff was...

  • View of the Lighthouse..

    Unusual I guess, in the fact that the Lighthouse is black... But there is another lighthouse, and ofcoarse, that one is white..It is located just a little way down the coast, at Point Lonsdale.

  • Ferry - heading for Sorrento..

    The Ferry, seen well on it's way across Port Phillip Bay. This was taken during a prior visit to Queenscliff.. for the Seafood Festival

  • Another impressive old building..

    Queenscliff is well known for having and caring for their historical buildings... Many are preserved in their original form.

  • The Royal Hotel..

    Quite an impressive old building, as many in Queenscliff are. There is a certain charm about all these historical buildings.

  • Swim with Dolphins & Seals..

    Sea - All Charters... Swim with the dolphins and seals or sightsee. Licensed to carry 40 passengers. Your tour includes - Wetsuit, mask, snorkel and fins, light refreshments are supplied.All tours leave Queenscliff harbour and you need to arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time to check in.


Queenscliff Hotels

Queenscliff Restaurants

  • Pies and sandwiches

    If it's a quick, simple and cheap lunch you're looking for, The Rolling Pin could be your answer. Fancy it's not - a baker's with a number of tables both inside and out, counter-service and limited selection. But it sells award-winning pies, pasties as well as sandwiches and cakes. And with pies from $A3.50 - $A5.50, it's certainly one of the...

  • Famous Fish & Chip Shop

    People from Melbourne travel to Queescliff just to sample the fresh King George Whiting (Local Fish)The fish is very fresh and cooked to perfection.It's a cheap and cheerful meal.Take your catch down and sit by the sea and watch the waves roll in. King George whiting or catch of the day.

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Queenscliff Transportation

  • Queencliff to Sorrento Ferry

    by Anne12 Updated Jul 28, 2005

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    The Car and Passenger Ferries operate everyday from the Queenscliff harbour or the Sorrento Peir. They run every hour from 7am to 6pm. A 7pm trip runs in the summer season
    It's a great way to get across the bay.If you are coming from Geelong and heading to Melbourne, or if you are heading to Melbourne to Geelong/Great Ocean Rd.
    You can take motor homes, caravans, motor bikes,trucks and bicycles.
    Also you can do it on foot.
    Prices vary during the seasons, example is if it's school holidays or public holidays that is a high peak time.

    Please check out website for prices as there are so many to list.

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Queenscliff Warnings and Dangers


    Queenscliff Here at Queenscliff , like most of Sydneys lovely beaches Queenscliff has a Surf Club with Lifesaving volunteers. These lifesavers make sure everyday that the beach is safe for swimmers. This area is then designated with red/yellow safety flags . To swim at any of these beaches it is neccesary to swim between the location of these...

  • Beware the "Rip" if Boating.

    The narrow entrance to Port Phillip is known as "The Rip" and is reputed to be one of the most hazardous stretches of navigable water in the world. It has great variations in depth, from reefs that are not covered at low tide to a maximum of 94 metres but this is in a "deep" that runs across the entrance at the edge of a ledge of rock at a general...

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Queenscliff Off The Beaten Path

  • Wine tour continued..

    Mt Anakie Estate... One of the first vineyards of the modern era in this region, the steep slopes of Mount Anakie were planted in 1968. Currently producing vibrantly fruity wines like the unusual and delicious red made from the Italian variety, Dolcetto.There is also a rustic restaurant, for weekend lunches and group bookings at other times.Phone...

  • Wine Tasting Tour..

    I thought this might be a good place to add information about the local wineries. Most are located within a few minutes from Geelong, have a resturant or eatery, cater for group bookings, and have a great selection of great quality wines. Hours are from 10am till 5pm. for most of these.Scotchmans Hill...Scotchmans Hill, acquired in 1975 The...

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  • by Anne12 Written Jul 29, 2005

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    Favorite thing: When you visit Queenscliff call into the Information Centre.
    This is in one of the oldest municipal buildings built in 1888, it's the oldest municiple building in use today in Queenscliff.

    Fondest memory: Queenscliff is a place I enjoy each time I visit. I usually go there for the Ferry across to Sorrento. Instead of going to this area by road, through Melbourne I enjoy the Ferry ride. It's a bit more expensive but it's hassle free.

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