Queenscliff is a small town on the Bellarine Peninsula in southern Victoria, Australia, south of Swan Bay at the entrance to Port Phillip. It is the administrative centre for the Borough of Queenscliffe.
Gazetted on 12 May 1862, Queenscliff offers a 19th century feel, through its many historic hotels, public buildings and even fishermen cottages. Although today, this seaside town prides itself in being a holiday spot, it was once a defence post around 1880, and it was, in fact, the most heavily armed fort in the Southern Hemisphere.
Nowadays, the real charm of Queenscliff can be felt on the historical buildings and walks as well as by checking out various artifacts in the museums in the area. The Queenscliffe Historical Museum in Hesse Street, and our own Maritime Museum on Wharf Street, are some of the museums in the area that offer a detailed history of this seaside haven.
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The magnificent Vue Grand Hotel, built in 1881, dominates the commercial center in Queenscliff, on Hesse Street and the center is characterised by century-old buildings and shop fronts.
Gellibrand Street also hosts guest houses, and some pretty awesome hotels, where a large area of parkland separates it from the cliffs along the coastline.
One of the really best places to holiday, Queenscliff is surrounded by water, on three sides, giving it a large stretch of coastline. Walking along the coastline will reveal large rocky outcrops, white sandy beaches, historic piers and wondrous cliffs.
At Shortland's Bluff, the Queenscliff Lighthouse stands tall and proud; built in 1862, it still looks great, and a lookout near the base is also another point of interest. The Black Lighthouse lies further north to the Queenscliff Lighthouse, and it is one of the most unique structures in Australia, since it was made from Bluestone.
The Queenscliff Harbour lies to the east of Wharf Street, and includes a number of wharves; this is home to a few fishing fleets. There is also a retail strip that is home to a number of cafes and restaurants offering picturesque views of the harbour. The harbour is also home to a 30 meter tall tower that serves as a navigation beacon, and at the top it has an observation deck where the public can get to see panoramic and unadulterated views of Queenscliff and the bay.
A passenger ferry service, and car service is found at the eastern end of the harbour, and they operate between Sorrento and Queenscliff, via the Mornington Peninsula. This basically offers an alternate route through the road in Melbourne.
A collection of heritage trains in Australia are operated by the Bellarine Peninsula Railway, and using 16 kilometers of fixed up track lines. They offer passenger services between Drysdale and Queenscliff. So, the historic and culturally rich buildings and clean, magnificent beaches in the Borough of Queenscliffe are just some of the reasons that make Queenscliff, a unique holiday destination.
Views of ships coming in at the rip will delight you, and the rich cuisine from local cafes will bring your taste buds to life. It is the one place where the views, the feel, and even the cuisine impressed even the most seasoned holiday seeker.