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.

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Top hotels in Queenscliff

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Circa 1902 Queenscliff
3 out of 5
59 Hesse Street, Queenscliff
AU$86/night
8 Aug. - 9 Aug.
4/5Very Good! (125 reviews)

"close to everything. room a long way from the bathroom"…"

Reviewed on 9 May 2019

Circa 1902 Queenscliff
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Vue Grand
3.5 out of 5
46 Hesse Street, Queenscliff
AU$178/night
4 Aug. - 5 Aug.
4.2/5Very Good! (469 reviews)

"All okay in a very good way. Why should I as it was a very good review. A person of precise critique me."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jun. 2019

Vue Grand
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BIG4 Queenscliff Beacon Resort
4.5 out of 5
78 Bellarine Highway, Queenscliff
AU$142/night
5 Aug. - 6 Aug.
4.6/5Exceptional! (245 reviews)

"Thank you it was a great place to stay close to everything"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2019

BIG4 Queenscliff Beacon Resort

Popular activities in Queenscliff

Queenscliff Maritime Museum
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Queenscliff Maritime Museum

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

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.

Top activities in Queenscliff

Mornington Peninsula Coastal Wine, Cheese and Cider Tour
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Mornington Peninsula Coastal Wine, Cheese and Cider Tour

AU$135

Escape to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula on this coastal wine day tour. Visit boutique cellar doors, sample the region’s best wine, cheese and chocolate. Your tour begins with a hotel pickup and a scenic drive down to the Mornington Peninsula—one of Melbourne’s favorite holiday destinations.

Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs Day Trip
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Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs Day Trip

AU$209

Enjoy a morning at Peninsula Hot Springs, an award-winning thermal spa with mineral-rich pools fed by an aquifer 2,100 feet (637 m) below ground.

Ferrari Drive Experience
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Ferrari Drive Experience

AU$225

Cruise through the streets of Mornington Peninsula in the ultimate driving machine, the unbeatable Ferrari 360 Modena. Enjoy a thrilling once-in-a-lifetime ride as you push the pedal to the metal, hear the roar of a 460-horsepower engine, and pass iconic landmarks with a close friend and an expert.

Torquay Beach Surfing Lesson
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Torquay Beach Surfing Lesson

AU$72

Learn to surf in Australia's surfing capital, Torquay Beach–birthplace of the iconic surfing brands, Quiksilver and Rip Curl–to learn to surf. Get your board onto the water and learn the tricks to ride a wave like a pro.

3 hour Dolphin & Seal Snorkel Cruise
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3 hour Dolphin & Seal Snorkel Cruise

AU$165

On this splendid half-day snorkeling tour, explore the Mornington Peninsula aboard the spacious Moonraker. After taking in the pristine coastline, don your gear and dive into the underwater world to come face-to-face with curious fur seals and frolicking Bottlenose Bolphins.

Ferrari Blast Experience in Mornington Peninsula
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Ferrari Blast Experience in Mornington Peninsula

AU$129

Feel the rush of a lifetime as you drive or ride in a luxurious Ferrari along the breathtaking Mornington Peninsula. Hop into one of the most elegant, powerful, and revered supercars in the world and wind along the beautiful peninsula roads.