Classic Queenscliff is a step back in time. with its grand
Victorian-era hotels and pole position at Port Phillip Heads, is a
glorious place. In bygone eras visitors would arrive by train
or paddle steamer from Melbourne to take in the fresh seaside air.
The mode of transport may have changed, with visitors now usually
arriving by car or ferry, but the appeal of a pretty seaside
village has remained.
You can feel the history when walking through the town, with
grand architecture everywhere and plenty of antique shops and
galleries will let you take your own piece of history home.
The still operating steam railway adds to the classic feel, and
grand dining rooms in historic hotels offer an opulence and elegant
experience that is not common in today's modern, minimalist
Expect to take home unique gifts from a terrific range of
specialty stores. You'll find a place to suit every taste and
budget - including what are commonly considered the best fish and
chips in the region.
While retaining its charming historic features, Queenscliff has
not been restrained by them; several contemporary developments in
town mix well with the old to create unique experiences. The brand
new Queenscliff Harbour is impressive and there are new features at
ferry based in town - both at the terminal and on board the
The Queenscliff Visitor Information Centre run a guided heritage
walk every 2.00pm every Saturday and take approximately one
and a quarter hours. Group walks available at other times by
appointment. For further information take a look at the Queenscliff
Getting to Queenscliff
Between the Bellarine Peninsula and the Mornington
Peninsula is a ferry service which operates from 7am-6pm (7pm
during peak times) daily all year round. Searoad Ferries
provides an excellent opportunity to continue touring the Great
Ocean Road region by extending across to Philip Island (known for
the Penguin Parade) and Wilson's Promontory National Park.
The ferry crossing operates between Queenscliff and Sorrento and
takes 40 minutes. Two ferries are in operation, each able to take
80 cars on board and up to 700 passengers. Both ferries are
purpose built and unaffected by rough weather conditions, making
your trip a pleasant one all year round.