In the 1880's, Melbourne's most affluent would arrive on paddle steamers for a luxury seaside retreat. Today, travellers on every type of budget flock to Queenscliff for fine dining, the grandeur of beautifully restored hotels, luxurious Bed and Breakfasts and the stunning natural features.
Queenscliff attracts visitors from all points of the compass. They come to enjoy the beach, a picnic under the giant foreshore pines, the village charm or even a game of golf.
When it comes to water-based activities, Queenscliff has plenty to choose from. Boating, fishing, diving and snorkelling are popular. There are also tours to see dolphins and seals to add even more zest to your visit.
The Queenscliff Horse-drawn Coach Company or Drysdale steam train are unique ways to explore historical buildings, as is a walking tour with "Mr Queenscliff" from the Queenscliff Historical Tours.
Many of the old churches and buildings have been resurrected as restaurants, cafes, shops and galleries serving up fine local produce and selling all manner of clothes, artworks and bric-a-brac.
In the Directory
- A Great Escape - Photo courtesy of Tourism VIC
- Queenscliff-Sorrento Ferry Services - Photo courtesy of Tourism VIC
- Queenscliff Fort - Photo courtesy of Tourism VIC
Explore the wrecks of the J-Class submarines or the remains of the Eliza Ramsden. Interact with Australian Fur Seals. The seals are very comfortable around divers and will come up close to check you out. The reefs in this area are very colourful and rich in marine life. Invertebrates include octopus, basket stars, different shrimp, crabs and a variety of nudibranchs.
Queenscliff is located 103km south west of Melbourne. Travel by car via the Bellarine Highway. A vehicle and passenger ferry operates between Queenscliff and Sorrento taking approximately 40 minutes.