Queenscliff is located 31km southeast of Geelong on the Bellarine Peninsula. The seaside town offers a quieter beachside getaway not so far from the cities of Melbourne and Geelong. A passenger and vehicle ferry also operates between here and Sorrento, on the Mornington Peninsula, for travellers wishing to avoid the busy city traffic. The 40 minute ferry ride across Port Phillip Bay departs from both wharfs each hour from 7am to 6pm daily. The wharf is located at the end of Wharf St on the far east of the peninsula.
The township is very historical with old buildings and museums. Explore the Maritime Museum, Marine Discovery Centre or the Fort which dates back to the 1860’s when it was actively used as a defense fortification. Tours are scheduled daily.
The beaches in and around town are beautiful. Walk the golden sands, swim in the bay or throw a line in at one of the piers. It all happens on the beaches here.
Walk or drive to Shortlands Bluff where the lighthouse stands. Look out towards the Bass Strait from the lookout here and if you’re looking for a place to camp, set up at the Recreational Reserve right near the coastline.
Dog owners take note that dogs are prohibited at the public swim beaches during summer, however there is an approved dog exercise beach between Shortlands Bluff and Point Lonsdale, the Narrows Beach.
Just 6km along the coast from town is Point Lonsdale, where there are more beaches to enjoy and a pier to fish from.
Across the Barwon River at Barwon Heads turn left onto Lookout Drive and overlook the river mouth, the Port Phillip Bay entrance and views around towards the Great Ocean Road, which begins at Torquay.
This delightful township offers scenic coastline and a pleasant holiday setting. There are several caravan parks in the area to accommodate visitors looking for a casual beachside environment to enjoy.
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