While you’re visiting the region, or if you’re a local, click these links to see what else there is to do in the Borough of Queenscliffe and on the Bellarine Peninsula. See also a huge range of accommodation options, from backpackers or farmstays, to luxury resorts and self-contained homes.
Visit Queenscliff: visitgeelongbellarine.com.au/destinations/queenscliff/
Visit Point Lonsdale: visitgeelongbellarine.com.au/destinations/point-lonsdale/
Swan Bay: swanbayenvironment.org.au/
Queenscliffe Visitor Information Centre: www.queenscliffe.vic.gov.au/for-visitors/visitor-information-centre
Travelling to the Queenscliffe Literary Festival
Searoad Ferry between Sorrento and Queenscliff. www.searoad.com.au
Ferries leave on the hour with the first sailing at 7am and the last at 6pm.
- travel on foot and walk up to the Queenscliff village (about 10 minutes) or to Point Lonsdale (about 1 hour)
- catch the public bus at the marina into Queenscliff or Point Lonsdale (<15 minutes)
- bring your bike and ride up to Queenscliff or Point Lonsdale
- bring your car.
From the Ferry
A public bus, Route 56, travels from the marina into Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale for those arriving by ferry. You will need a Myki ticket.
Queenscliff Town Hall: get off on Hesse Street, near the Post Office, OR at Mercer/King Streets, and walk for 5 minutes to the Town Hall. (Total < 10 minutes)
From Geelong and Ocean Grove
The McHarry’s Route 56 bus also travels from Geelong to Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff, via Leopold and Ocean Grove.
The Bellarine Bike Trail
The Bellarine Rail Trail is a 35-kilometre trail that links South Geelong to Queenscliff following the alignment of the historical Geelong - Queenscliff Railway Line.
The trail pathway is asphalt between South Geelong and Drysdale and then primarily constructed of compacted, crushed rock between Drysdale and Queenscliff. It provides a high-quality surface suitable for most bikes other than those fitted with racing tyres. More information.
Street parking is available at the Queenscliff Town Hall. You may need to walk a distance to your car, but drop-off is available at the door. Designated parking for people with disability is near the front door.
Map out Your Day
Download our interactive map of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale map.
Places to eat or drink
Shelter Shed: Are you looking for a spot to gather before, between and after QLF sessions, to keep the conversation flowing? Behind Shelter Shed, you will find a warm marquee set up especially for all the QLF audience, volunteers and presenters. Open from 11am.
Saltbush Fine Foods: Saltbush Fine Foods is an eclectic mix of all things food, hosting a cafe & provedore open 7 days a week.
Queenscliff General Store Café: The historic Queenscliff General Store café is an icon at the gateway to Queenscliff.
Bricktown Café: Plant based cafe serving Wide Open Road coffee toasted sangas & scrumptious sweet treats.
Café JAG: Cafe JAG is simple and cost effective, serving food and great coffee for locals and tourists alike.
Basil’s Farm: Take in the Bellarine’s most picturesque views to Queenscliff at Basils Farm. Visit the cellar door to learn more about our passion for wild fermented wines. Enjoy tastings of hand-crafted wines, incuding Sparkling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Rose, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
360Q: An iconic two-storey dining venue situated on the waterfront at Queenscliff Harbour. Lunch and dinner set menu
Farm Foods: - for all your deli and meat needs plus wines and good coffee.
Wharf Street Pantry: Coffee, Pastries, Sandwiches, Bagels & more (Queenscliff Harbour)
Flouch’s Point Lonsdale: Come and enjoy the delicious produce of this bountiful region, expertly sourced and prepared by renowned chef, Michael Flouch.
Places to visit
The Bookshop at Queenscliff: We're a light-filled, welcoming bookstore in the beautiful seaside village of Queenscliff, Victoria.
Queenscliff Gallery: Beautiful old church space with wonderful exhibitions and welcoming owners.
Seaview Gallery: A visit to Seaview is a must for serious art collectors, first time buyers or visitors to historic Queenscliff. Seaview is situated in the historic Seaview House located at the top end of the famous Hesse Street, known for its boutique shops and many restaurants.
Salt Contemporary Gallery: Established in 2004 in Queenscliff, Victoria, 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.
Homebody Orchard: Fashion Homewares & Gifts: Stocking your favourite candles, perfume, jewellery, jumpers, coats, lotions, throws, books, fashion…
Side Eight Crystals: large range of crystals, cards, oils, teas, books and more to explore!
Places to Stay
Lon Retreat & Spa: Escape the busyness of life on over 200 acres, hidden away on a hill by the ocean. Adult Exclusive House Hotel. Mineral Spa. Events.
Ingenia Holidays Queenscliff Beacon: The award-winning BIG4 Beacon Resort is a popular resort nestled at the entrance to Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula. Across the road from the beach and just 90 minutes from Melbourne with extensive facilities to suit all ages and holiday styles.
Point Lonsdale Guesthouse: Comfortable, character-filled accommodation located just 400 metres from pristine bay and surf beaches, the historic lighthouse and the idyllic seaside village of Point Lonsdale.
Vue Grand Hotel: Old-world charm and comfort in the heart of Queenscliff.
Athelstane House: Athelstane House is Queenscliff's oldest operating guesthouse, built in 1860 this heritage home is sure to impress with its beautiful archways, heritage stairs and quirky, charming characteristics. The house was renovated in the 90's to provide all the mod-cons required in our modern world.
Sagres Queenscliff: Sagres is an iconic beach house that looks over the Heads. You can now book to stay in this gorgeous, newly renovated abode.
Swan Bay Views B&B: An easy walk to the Harbour, local shops/restaurants, Blues Train and beach. Comfy beds, quality linen and continental breakfast all included.