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20 Symonds St, Queenscliff
Operated and maintained by the dedicated volunteers of the Geelong Steam Preservation Society, the Bellarine Railway runs unique heritage train ride from Queenscliff to Drysdale and back. You can fulfill a childhood by dream with their steam train driver experience, shake, rattle and roll on the Blues Train, and enjoy local produce on Australia’s premier rail restaurant, the Q Train.
Trains run on Sundays and public holidays throughout the year. There are special school holiday timetables, as well as events for kids, such as the Easter Bunny, Halloween, and Santa specials, throughout the year.
Fort Queenscliff was constructed in 1860 to defend Port Phillip Bay from foreign invasion. It has enormous heritage significance due to its role in colonial times and both world wars. Access to the fort is via guided tours; see their site for times and prices. The museum is an excellent resource for visitors, school groups, writers, and historians.
Point Lonsdale Beach
The main Point Lonsdale Back Beach is popular with surfers for its high swells, though conditions can be dangerous due to strong rips. Visitors should always remember to swim between the flags.
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse
At 36 metres (120 feet), the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse has served as the entrance to Port Phillip Bay, one of the 10 most treacherous passages in the world, since 1902. Its foghorn sounds a double blast every 30 seconds in foggy weather. The Queenscliff Maritime Museum runs tours every Sunday morning, though bookings should be made at least two weeks in advance.
Point Lonsdale Pier
The historic Point Lonsdale Pier can be found on the town’s more serene front beach, opposite the esplanade. Though fishing isn’t allowed on the pier, it’s the perfect spot for a casual stroll and you can enjoy stunning views of the coastline.
Bustling Queenscliff Harbour is the focal point in town. Everything from cafés and fish and chip shops to boat hire companies and a day spa can be found along the boardwalk, while a 42m observation tower offers panoramic views of the marina.