On the southern Victorian coast, just out of Geelong on the Bellarine Peninsula.
This quaint small town is great for day trip from Melbourne for a nice lunch and walk around the historical buildings.
- Look out over the bay and watch large ship be guided through the small entrance
- Check out one of the few black lighthouses in the world, and visit the old fort and learn about the interesting military history of this town.
- Browse the may galleries showcasing local artists
- take a tour through Fort Queenscliff, which was once an important defence outpost of Port Phillip Bay.
Eating & Drinking:
- There are many nice cafes to chose from for lunch
- As with all seaside towns, there are a few options for fish-and-chips, which you can head over to the esplanade to sit on the grass and eat
Other things you should know about:
- There is a regular car and passenger ferry to take you across the bay to Sorrento.
- You may notice that Queenscliff is sometimes spelt with an 'e' on the end. The difference in the spelling represents the town and the borough. The name of the township 'Queenscliff' was first gazetted in June of 1853. The 'Borough of Queenscliffe' was formed in May 1863 and in fact is the proper name for the incorporated body which represents the district of the Borough of Queenscliffe which includes the towns of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale. Nowadays, when people use 'Queenscliffe' they are generally referring to both Queenscliff & Point Lonsdale.
- Queenscliff was given the name "Queen of the watering places" during the 1880s when paddle steamers brought weekenders from Melbourne.
- see also photos from Queenscliff