Things to see and do around Queenscliff
Visit the Queenscliff Lighthouse
A casual 15 minute stroll down Hesse Street, follow the main street as if you’re going to Geelong, keep walking past the Bowls Club and Fort towards the carpark, you’ll see the lighthouse on your left.
This area is also fantastic for swimming.
Take a tour of The Queenscliff Fort
Built in 1860 on Shortland’s Bluff the fort was established to defend the entrance to Port Phillip. The fort conducts tours Monday to Sunday and 11am with an additional tour at 1:45pm on Saturday and Sunday. We recommend phoning the fort to ensure the daily tour is going ahead on (03) 5258 1488
to avoid disappointment.
Put on your dancing shoes and jump on The Blues Train
Running every Friday and Saturday (with the exception of a winter break) the heritage train highlights four bands and includes a yummy buffet dinner. Pre-purchased tickets essential.
Be pampered with an incredible foodie experience on The Q Train
An award winning restaurant that travels along the historic railway between Drysdale and Queenscliff this is a one of a kind experience not to be missed! Departing from Drysdale or Queenscliff you will enjoy a scenic train trip while enjoying a full degustation menu, beverage pairing also available.
Enjoy the view from the Queenscliff Harbour Tower
Visit the Queenscliff Harbour to enjoy some retail therapy, a coffee or lunch and climb the stairs (or take the lift) up to the tower for beautiful 360 degree views of Queenscliff.
The tower is free to visit, to enter follow the signs inside the door at 360Q restaurant.
Day trip over to Sorrento
Searoad Ferries will take you across the bay in style! The ferry departs from Queenscliff on the hour, every hour, 365 days a year. Sorrento is a lovely beachside town with many boutique retail outlets, restaurants, cafes and beautiful views. The ferry caters for foot passengers and cars, if you decide to take your car on board why not visit the Peninsula Hot Springs? The Springs are a 15 minute drive from the ferry terminal, open 7 days a week.
Visit the Queenscliff Museums
Queenscliff boasts two amazing museums that are filled with fascinating information on our lovely small town. The Queenscliff Historical Museum is located next door to the post office and offers a wealth of items illustrating and documenting the history of the townships of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale back to the earliest times. The Queenscliff Maritime Museum is located by the entrance to the harbour precinct where you can discover the long maritime heritage of our town.
Walk the Queenscliff Pier
One of the most photographed scenes in Queenscliff is our famous pier. Watch fisherman catch all kinds of fish and squid, you might also spot some local wildlife from birds to seals, dolphins and whales! Also a popular spot to watch the large container ships and the Spirit of Tasmania.
Walk towards the Queenscliff Foreshore reserve to get there.
Visit the Art Galleries
We are very fortunate in Queenscliff to have three incredible
Art Galleries, all showcasing amazing works from local, national and international artists. They
Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop: Located on the corner of Hesse and Stokes street this converted church is not to be missed.
Salt Contemporary Art Gallery: Established in 2004, Salt Contemporary Art exhibits the works of Contemporary Australian Painters, Sculptors and Ceramicists. Housed in a historically significant former drapery store, the gallery offers two spacious levels of exhibition space a private client viewing room and stunning water views.
Seaview Gallery: Since 1988, Seaview Gallery has been a renowned gallery. It is known for the diversity and quality of its contemporary and traditional Australian paintings, studio glass, sculpture and jewellery. Seaview represents over 40 quality Australian artists, including Emma Hack, Sara Paxton, David Hobday, Robert Holcombe and many more.
Indulge in self-care
Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale are home to some fabulous spas and studios to pamper your body and mind!
Queenscliff Day Spa https://www.queenscliffdayspa.com.au/
Samana Yoga & Sound Queenscliff https://www.samanayoga.com.au/
Lotus Yoga Studio Point Lonsdale https://www.lotusyogastudio.com.au/
Natsukashii Healing (Reiki) natsukashiihealing.com
Lon Retreat and Spa https://lonretreat.com.au/spa
Walk or Bike the Bellarine Rail Trail
The rail trail stretches 32.5 kilometres between South Geelong and Queenscliff taking you through some beautiful towns along the way. Bike hire can be arranged. Athelstane House has also partnered with Bike Bellarine who conduct self-guided tours of the trail.
Swim with the Dolphins and Seals in the Bay
Leaving Queenscliff twice daily during the warmer months, Sea All Dolphin Swims conducts tours within the southern reaches of Port Phillip Bay. Available for adults and children you can also jump on
the boat for sightseeing.
Enjoy our Local Wineries, Cider Houses and Distilleries
The Bellarine Peninsula has some of the best wines in Australia, why not make a day of it and
head to one of the beautiful wineries for lunch.
Basils Farm. Jack Rabbit. Terindah Estate. Bellarine Estate
Curlewis Winery. Scotchmans Hill. McGlashan Wallington Estate
Oakdene Vineyards. Baie Wines. Leura Park
Bennetss on Bellarine. Oneday Estate. Wayawu Estate
Kisaan Estate. Marcus Hill Vineyard. The Whiskery. Flying Brick Cider House
For more information on the wineries visit the Bellarine Taste Trail website
Eat & Drink in Queenscliff and surrounds
Please note that some restaurants and cafes may change their opening hours seasonally, we recommend making a reservation to avoid disappointment.
360Q - 5257 4200
Circa 1902 - 0499 771 674
Lombardy’s Italian - 5258 1838
Na zdravi - 5258 2658
Farm Foods - 5258 4744
Vue Grand Street Bar - 5258 1544
The Original Fish and Chips - 5295 7950
Nelly's at the Pier - 0498 027 759
The Queenscliff Brewhouse - 5258 1717
Scullys Oyster Bar & Grill - 5258 4377
Ocean Bar & Cafe - 5258 2441
Nirvana - 4225 2020
Panache - 5258 4788
Cliffe's Pizza and Cafe - 5258 1166
The General Store - 5291 8879
The Shelter Shed - 5258 3604
Saltbush Fine Foods - 0429 331 681
Jag Cafe - 0414 743 544
Scandinavian Ice Cream Company - 4202 2200
IGA (grab yourself some snacks! Located in Hesse Street)
Grow (Point Lonsdale) - 5258 2508
Flouch's (Point Lonsdale) - 0418 946 785
Plated (Point Lonsdale) - 9132 8958
Lago (Point Lonsdale) - 5258 1955
Noble Rot (Point Lonsdale) - 5258 5115
Lonnie Fish and Chips (Point Lonsdale) - 5292 2124
Pasquinis (Point Lonsdale) - 5258 1158
The Bellarine also boasts some fantastic wineries that are open for lunch and dinner year round.
Transport options are also available from private transfer companies around the Bellarine.