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.
Destination Queenscliff: visitgeelongbellarine.com.au/destinations/queenscliff/
Destination 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.
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)
Point Lonsdale Primary School Hall: get off at Bowen/Point Lonsdale Rds, walk about 2 minutes to the school’s hall. Note, the hall is situated across the road from the school on Bowen Rd. (Total < 15 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 and the Point Lonsdale Primary School Hall. PLPSH also has an informal grass carpark. You may have to walk a fair distance to your car, but drop-off is available at the door of both of these venues.
Map out Your Day
Places to eat or drink
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: The historic Queenscliff General Store café is an icon at the gateway to Queenscliff. Offering breakfast, lunch & snacks and of course coffee & cake!. We have a range of pantry items, heat & eat meals, and offer everything on the menu Take Away!
Noble Rot Wine Store & Bar: A warm, welcoming seaside winebar focusing on the best from local and abroad.
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, including Sparkling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Rose, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
Farm Foods - for all your deli and meat needs plus wines and good coffee.
Places to visit
Queenscliff Gallery: Beautiful old church space with wonderful exhibitions and welcoming owners.
The Bookshop at Queenscliff: We're a light-filled, welcoming bookstore in the beautiful seaside village of Queenscliff, Victoria.
Searoad Ferries: Australia’s favourite Car and Passenger Ferry! Operating between Queenscliff and Sorrento. The 40-minute journey offers more than just a ferry ride whereby you can relax and enjoy the ambience on board with our cafe and friendly staff who are only too pleased to make your journey an experience to remember.
Homebody Orchard - Fashion Homewares & Gifts: Stocking your favourite candles, perfume, jewellery, jumpers, coats, lotions, throws, books, fashion…
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.
Kerleys Coastal Holidays: We have the perfect property for your weekend getaway, family holiday or a quick & last minute escape. We have the right holiday space to suit all tastes and budgets (including your fury friends).
Vue Grand Hotel: Old world charm and comfort in the heart of Queenscliff.
360Q: An iconic two-storey dining venue situated on the waterfront at Queenscliff Harbour. Lunch and dinner set menu price $55pp for two courses and $70pp for three courses. Breakfast at a la carte prices.