Just one hour from Westbrook… Queenscliff!
This month, we’re heading to Queenscliff on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula.
Situated at the mouth of Port Phillip Bay, this seaside village is definitely worth a visit.
Here are our top picks of things to see and do!
Queenscliff is steeped in maritime history and the Queenscliffe Maritime Museum is the best place to uncover it, housing an array of exhibits celebrating the town’s seafaring heritage.
A highlight is the Queenscliffe lifeboat which operated for over fifty years, rescuing people and ships caught up in Queenscliff’s notorious rip.
Check out the old diving equipment and try the on the diving bell helmet for yourself!
Discover military history at Fort Queenscliff. Built in 1860 to defend the entrance to Port Phillip Bay, it’s one of the largest and best-preserved forts in Australia. Take a tour to see the restored 19th century Coastal Artillery and try on uniforms from different moments in time.
Take the Train.
Take a steam train ride on The Bellarine Railway. Running between Queenscliff and Drysdale along Swan Bay, it departs from Queenscliff Station on most Sundays, public holidays and extra days during the school holidays.
The Railway is also home to The Blues Train, a spectacular entertainment experience, featuring some of Australia’s best blues artists. Sit back, relax and listen to music in one of the seated carriages or, if you’re feeling more energetic, boogie the blues away in one of the dance carriages!
Where to eat.
Of course all that exploring is sure to make you hungry. Tuck into delicious pub food at the Queenscliff Brewhouse, treat yourself to an ice-cream (or three) at Lix Ice Creamery and Juice Bar, sample casual contemporary Australian cuisine at Athelstane House or graba quick snack at the Queenscliff General Store.
Images courtesy of Tourism Victoria