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QueenscliffAustralia

This seaside resort town is a holiday paradise, offering dolphin swimming tours, trendy beachfront cafés and pristine parklands alongside a host of historic sightseeing landmarks.

Visit coastal Queenscliff to revel in the combination of heritage housing and modern-day adventure activities. This lovely township of a few thousand residents sits near The Rip, a treacherous sea passage into Port Phillip Bay. Since the 19th century, Queenscliff has enjoyed popularity with vacationers and played a vital role in guiding ships safely towards Melbourne.

Find the heart of town around Hesse Street, where clothing and souvenir shops line the pavements. This area exemplifies Queenscliff's contrasting eras, with trendy designer buildings alongside Victorian-era houses. Admire the Vue Grand Hotel, an ornate 19th-century construction that preserves the town’s architectural history.

Delve into Queenscliff's seafaring past at the Maritime Museum or learn about the town's first settlers at the Historic Museum. Spend a few hours on a guided tour of Fort Queenscliff and discover its defensive function during World War II. This spectacular estate has commanding views of Port Phillip Bay.

Live this history with some family fun on the Bellarine Railway. This restored stretch of track gives you the chance to ride a steam-powered train through pretty coastal scenery. Be sure to stop by the Queenscliff White Lighthouse, which has guided ships through The Rip for centuries, and the Black Lighthouse, built from dark bluestone.

After a historic tour, enjoy the pristine beaches that surround Queenscliff on all sides. To the north, take a snorkelling tour, with the possibility of seeing dolphins and seals. Guided boat tours are the best way to see coastal landmarks around Queenscliff.

At sunset, drink at an old-style pub or savour a seafood dinner at a restaurant around Queenscliff Harbour. The ferry route from here provides easy access to Sorrento and the Mornington Peninsula across the bay.

Queenscliff is located south of Melbourne at the tip of the Bellarine peninsula. The drive there takes 90 minutes.

Visit the town during Easter to join a seafood-themed Good Friday feast held in town. Alternatively, rock out to international acts at the Queenscliff Music Festival in November.

Top hotels in Queenscliff

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
BIG4 Queenscliff Beacon Resort
BIG4 Queenscliff Beacon Resort
4.5 out of 5
78 Bellarine Highway, Queenscliff, VIC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$150 per night

This family-friendly Queenscliff campsite is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park and Point Lonsdale Beach. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (278 reviews)

"I really enjoyed my time at the Big4 Queenscliff Beacon Resort."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar. 2020

BIG4 Queenscliff Beacon Resort
Ruby's Queenscliff
Ruby's Queenscliff
3.5 out of 5
2 St Andrews Street, Queenscliff, VIC
Free cancellation
The price is AU$110 per night

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is steps away from Fort Queenscliff Museum and Fort Queenscliff. Queenscliff Library and Queenscliff Historical ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (650 reviews)
Great place to stay

"This is the second time we have visited Ruby’s. It is a lovely place to stay. We were disappointed that the price shown had not been clear, and in fact it was in Us Dollars, also there is no WiFi which is almost essential in this day and age. Overall it is a great place and right in town"…"

Reviewed on 6 Apr. 2020

Ruby's Queenscliff
Vue Grand
Vue Grand
3.5 out of 5
46 Hesse Street, Queenscliff, VIC
The price is AU$145 per night

Situated in the shopping district, this hotel is steps away from Queenscliff Library, Queenscliff Historical Museum and Salt Contemporary Art. Fort Queenscliff ...

4.1/5Very Good! (499 reviews)

"Wonderful historic hotel. Comfortable bed and spacious suite. Fridge empty (just lacked an ice tray) so lots of room to store drinks etc. Nice free breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan. 2020

Vue Grand

Popular places to visit in Queenscliff

Queenscliff Maritime Museum
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Queenscliff Maritime Museum

5/5(1 review)

Discover a treasure trove of maritime history, shipwreck relics, boatbuilding equipment and fascinating tidal displays at this museum on the Queenscliff Harbour.

Top activities in Queenscliff

Full-Day Great Ocean Road Surfing Tour
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Full-Day Great Ocean Road Surfing Tour

AU$140
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Great Ocean Road Introduction Surfing Lesson
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Great Ocean Road Introduction Surfing Lesson

AU$79
Per adult
Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs Day Trip
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Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs Day Trip

AU$215
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Mornington Peninsula small group day tour
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Mornington Peninsula small group day tour

AU$155
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Full day - Bellarine Food and Wine Taste Trail
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Full day - Bellarine Food and Wine Taste Trail

AU$179
Per adult
Flexible Return Ferry Ticket Between Queenscliff and Sorrento
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Flexible Return Ferry Ticket Between Queenscliff and Sorrento

AU$26
Per adult

Reviews of Queenscliff

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Mar. 2020

Has wonderful historic buildings. Has a wide variety of birds and wildlife, and the Marine Discovery centre is a very interesting place to visit, to learn about the areas maritime life.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Feb. 2020

Lovely town not too big with many heritage buildings and houses. The wharf area is excellent with nice cafes and restaurants overlooking the sea and boats. Main Street of Queenscliff is very good and the front esplanade parkland is lovely.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Feb. 2020

Quaint, lovely stroll with family along streets...comunnity markets were great

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Feb. 2020

Excellent and clean and quiet!

4/5 - Good

KimAnne

29 Jan. 2020

We had dinner at the Grand Hotel. The food was lovely. We had brunch at a cafe near the Butcher and it was fantastic. Make sure to check out some of the vintage shops and seaside knick-knack shops in Queenscliff. Will be back!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Jan. 2020

Have loved this place all my life. British ancestors settled there in the 1800's and built the old Methodist Church there . Full of history and charm.

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Point Lonsdale

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