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Things to do
COVID-19 update, July 2020
Many Bellarine Peninsula attractions are open, but we recommend you call to confirm
The Blues Train gives dinner and a show a whole new meaning. After a meal at the Queenscliff Railway Station (GF/vegan/vegetarian options available), this special licensed steam train takes visitors on a four-hour blues concert from Queenscliff to Drysdale and back. Trains run on Saturday nights between August and May. Passengers must be over 18.
Hire surfboards, body boards and stand-up paddle boards, for some surfing fun on the Front Beach.
Lonsdale Golf Club
69 Fellows Road, Point Lonsdale
Tel: 03-5258 1955
Visitors are welcome, and a courtesy vehicle is offered to evening diners at its bistro.
Lonsdale Tomato Farm
49 Yarram Creek Ln, Point Lonsdale
Tel: 03 5258 2665
Buy fresh produce and a variety of culinary treats from this hydroponic farm.
Point Lonsdale Bowls Club
Point Lonsdale Rd, Point Lonsdale
Tel: 03-5258 1150
Social bowls is held from 4 – 6PM on Thursdays. Coaching is provided, and the bar is open during and after most club activities.
Point Lonsdale Market
Point Lonsdale Primary School, 22 Bowen Rd, Point Lonsdale
The Point Lonsdale Market boasts over 150 indoor and outdoor stalls. Everything from the jams to the baked goods and the crafts is homemade or home grown. The market can be found at Point Lonsdale Primary School on the second Sunday of the month.
Point Lonsdale School of Surfing
Tel: 0418-178 125
Choose from one-on-one, group, or kids’ lessons with experienced instructors. All equipment is available for hire, so you don’t need to do anything other than turn up and learn how to surf.
The Q Train
Drysdale Railway Station or Queenscliff Railway Station (depending on your ticket)
Dine onboard a classic train while rolling through the heart of the Bellarine Peninsula. The journey is 3 hours, long enough for you to thoroughly enjoy a degustation menu follow d by a coffee or digestif. One of our area’s most memorable experiences.
Enjoy a session of barefoot bowls and a casual BBQ meal, or a full meal at the Ripview Bistro.
Queenscliff Community Market
Lower Princess Park, Queenscliff
This boutique market is held on the last Sunday of the month from September to May. Head along to listen to live music and browse stalls selling fresh produce, homemade crafts, plants, clothes and linen.
Fishing charters leave from Queenscliff Harbour or Sorrento Pier seven days a week, and the friendly skippers will take you to some of the best fishing spots in Bass Strait. Trips run for 5, 6 or 8 hours, in all weather conditions. They also run fishing clinics and wildlife tours.
Queenscliff Heritage Walk
Queenscliff Visitor Information Centre, 55 Hesse Street, Queenscliff
Tel: 03-5258 4843
Learn about Queenscliff’s fascinating past as a seaside resort during the 1880s. This guided tour will explore the township’s opulent Victorian homes, hotels and churches, before concluding with afternoon tea at one of the local hotels, including Circa 1902, Athelstane, and Vue Grande.
Tours depart at 2:00pm every Saturday from the Queenscliff Visitor Information Centre. If Saturdays don’t suit, contact the centre to make an appointment for a different day, or pop in to purchase a copy of their self-guided tour and talk to the guides about other must-sees.
Queenscliff Maritime Museum
Wharf Street, Queenscliff
Tel: 03-5258 3440
The museum is a fantastic opportunity to learn about Queenscliff’s rich maritime history. Exhibits include shipwreck artifacts, historic lifeboats, dive displays and model ships. Visitors are welcome 7 days a week and guided tours are available.
Sea All Dolphin Swims
Shop 3, Building 6, Queenscliff Harbour
Tel: 03-5258 3889
This Queenscliff company conducts tours within the southern reaches of Port Phillip Bay. Discover the area’s fascinating maritime history and unique marine life by snorkeling in protected waters, then swimming with seals and dolphins. Half-day adventures are suitable for all ages, sizes and abilities. Private charter available.
Next Dolphin Swim Season: October 9, 2020 – May 9, 2021 (excluding public holidays)
Swan Island Queenscliff Golf Club
Golf Course Rd, Swan Island
Tel: 03-5258 4344
Tee off on this 18-hole course in the centre of an island, where you’ll be surrounded by stunning ocean views. Visitors welcome, including at the clubhouse. Open 7 days, book online.
1 Wharf St East, Queenscliff
Tel: 03-5258 3244
Catch this car and foot passenger ferry from Queenscliff Harbour to Sorrento Pier, where you’ll find one of the most crystal clear beaches in Victoria. Along the way you’ll see landmarks such as Shortland’s Bluff, Swan Island and the Quarantine Station at Point Nepean.
Taste it yourself
The Bellarine Peninsula is home to a number of vineyards that produce outstanding cool climate wines. Enjoy wine tastings every day of the week.
There’s something for everyone at this lovely location overlooking Swan Bay: delicious food, wine tastings, and farm animal feedings for the kids. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to accompany their people.
Bennett’s on Bellarine
2171 Portarlington Rd, Bellarine
Try a 75-minute tasting lunch or a generous country-style roast overlooking the vines, then pick up a few bottles to go.
85 McAdams Lane, Bellarine
Tel: 03-5251 2223
Choose from tastings and relaxed dining at House of Jack or fine dining at Jack Rabbit’s Restaurant. Either way, you’ll be taking in fabulous wines and an unparalleled view of Port Phillip Bay and beyond. Open 7 days.
McGlashan’s Cellar Door
225 Swan Bay Rd, Wallington
Tel: 03-5250 5670
Enjoy gourmet platters, wood-oven pizzas, and a cheeky rosé or other wines in this relaxed venue. Open Thursday to Sunday throughout the year, every day in January.
Toast the coast from the back seat of a red ’66 Mustang convertible. Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation and take you on a minimum-3-hour tour, customised to your desire. Maximum 4 people (none under 7 years old), minibuses available to larger groups; 7 days a week.
190 Scotchmans Rd, Drysdale
Established in 1982, on a hilltop that offers views of Port Phillip Bay and the city beyond, Scotchmans Hill is listed as one of the Top 100 Wineries by preeminent wine writer James Halliday. Experience wine tastings for as low as $10pp at the bar, or settle into the bistro for a sumptuous meal. Takeaway also currently available.
1070 Bellarine Hwy, Leopold
Tel: 0400-677 400
Feel like dining amongst the vines? Family-run Wawayu will happily set up a table for you to enjoy your wine and a platter. If the weather’s cold, head inside to sip by the fireplace. Open
For more gourmet experiences, download the Bellarine Taste Trail brochure.
Brew it yourself
2 Gellibrand St, Queenscliff
Tel: 03-5258 1717
Sign up for a fun masterclass to make your own gin. The crew will help you choose the botanicals and strength, then keep your special potion on file so it can be made again whenever you wish.
Spend the day working with a master brewer in this “Brewer for a day” experience. Learn about all aspects of beermaking, sample tasting paddles, and take home a growler of your favorite brew.
MAKE it yourself
David Hobday Kiln Formed Glass
9 Diggorra Crt, Point Lonsdale
Tel: 0435-326 822
Visit the artist’s studio or take workshops to make your own works of glass art.
Wattle Grove Honey
459 Grubb Rd, Wallington
Tel: 03-5250 1812
Pick up honey, beeswax soaps and candles, and everything you need to make your own golden nectar. Fourth-generation beekeeper Jim will guide you in your purchases, and give you all the information you need to get started making honey and helping out the environment.
Treat yourself to a range of beauty treatments, including massages, facials and pedicures, while relaxing by the harbour. There’s a special couples room, as well as plenty of room for a group booking, such as girls’ weekends or bridal groups.