Point Lonsdale is a historic seaside town overlooking The Rip, a region of choppy coastal waters famed for its danger to passing ships. The settlement began in the 19th century around its resident lighthouse, which has played a vital role in guiding ships safely through the pass and onto Melbourne.

Before adventuring through the coastal landscapes, enjoy a hot coffee along Point Lonsdale's busy beachfront. Fish and chip outlets, surf schools and clothing stalls also feature along the promenade.

Head to the beach to relax on the sand or picnic on the adjacent lawns. The sheltered bay has ideal waters for swimming. Walk to the Rip View Lookout for views of the rocky coastal pass. Take a guided boat tour to learn about its curious rock formations and hear about its history.

For more views of the coast, take a leisurely stroll along the Point Lonsdale Pier. From the end of the pier, look back to the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, which contrasts majestically against the blue sky above. Access the tower via a network of walking trails following the coastline. This pier is also popular with fishermen looking to catch whiting and snapper.

See one of the region's earliest houses at Arilpa, a colonial cottage. Take a tour of “Wild White Man” William Buckley's cave. The 19th-century outlaw hid here from authorities before living with a local aboriginal tribe.

Just outside town, look out for migratory birds at Lake Victoria, a shallow saline lagoon. Tour Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park to learn about densely populated reef ecosystems.

Enjoy the sun set as you walk along a coastal track to pleasant Queenscliff. This neighbouring seaside village is famed for its Victorian-era cottages and world-class dining by the sea.

Point Lonsdale is located on the Bellarine Peninsula, 90-minutes’ drive south from Melbourne. Visit during the holiday season to see The Christmas Tree, a 100-year-old Norfolk pine that gets lit up with festive decorations.

Known for

Ports, Beaches and Golf

Top hotels in Point Lonsdale

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Point Lonsdale Guest House
3 out of 5
31 Point Lonsdale Road, Point Lonsdale, VIC
AU$125
per night
22 Sep. - 23 Sep.
4.2/5Excellent! (242 reviews)
A nautical visit

"A great success"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jun. 2019

Point Lonsdale Guest House
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Lon Retreat
4 out of 5
25 Gill Rd, Point Lonsdale, VIC
AU$380
per night
24 Sep. - 25 Sep.
5/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)

"Host were very friendly and welcoming. The suite was clean and well-equipped with amenities with some nice touches here and there"…"

Reviewed on 27 Apr. 2019

Lon Retreat
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Point Lonsdale Holiday Apartments
4.5 out of 5
2 Jordan Road, Point Lonsdale, VIC
AU$179
per night
25 Sep. - 26 Sep.
4.8/5Exceptional! (107 reviews)

"Spacious bedrooms, lovely friendly owner, very clean, close to beach and shops."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2019

Point Lonsdale Holiday Apartments

Popular activities in Point Lonsdale

Bell's Beach
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Bell's Beach

The home of one of Australia’s most prestigious surf contests has powerful Southern Ocean swells, high bluffs and some excellent cliff-top viewpoints.

Sorrento Front Beach
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Sorrento Front Beach

Swim in the sheltered bay and explore the foreshore at this pretty beach. Embark on a new adventure to the Bellarine Peninsula via the Queenscliff-Sorrento Ferry.

Portsea Pier
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Portsea Pier

Jutting out from a sheltered bay, this pier is an idyllic spot to cast a fishing line, take in bayside views and explore the underwater world with a snorkel.