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Things to Do

Discover Classic Queenscliff, The Bellarine and beyond...

The charming town of Queenscliff is the historic heart of The Bellarine, with a lovely seaside ambience bursting with reminders of it's varied past.

Walk through the streets to view imposing Victorian-era hotels dripping with intricate iron lacework, the huge military fortress, charming old churches - some enjoying new life as galleries - and quaint fisherman's cottages. Take a guided tour, visit the museums, talk to the locals or just sit back and absorb townships' unique atmosphere away from the hectic buzz of 'everyday'.

Other seaside townships on The Bellarine also offer interesting historical sites, including Drysdale, Portarlington and St Leonards. With Geelong just a short drive away, it's easy to extend your leisure options.

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For information relating to the Bellarine Taste Trail and our region please click here.  For a copy of the Bellarine Taste Trail map please click here.

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Activities in the Region

Attractions  

A Maze 'n' Games
A Maze 'n' Games
Fun activities for the whole family to stimulate your relaxation. Lose yourself or the kids in one of Australia's largest timber mazes, relax & try a game of mini golf on the 18 hole mini golf course, or choose from a large range of puzzles to baffle your mind.
Adventure Park
Adventure Park
Victoria's first water theme park. Spend a day of unlimited thrills, laughter and fun with 52 acres of activities for all ages from waterslides to go-karts, jumping castles to archery, canoes and lots more.
Tastes of the Bellarine Winery Tour
Tastes of the Bellarine Winery Tour
A wine and produce tour including tastings, lunch and a local guide. Experience the best of the Bellarine with this iconic tour which will explore both wine making and tasting. Enjoy a guided tour with the winemaker along with wine tasting at Leura Park Estate, lunch and wine tasting at Oakdene Vineyard, wine and cider tasting at Jack Rabbit Vineyard finished by afternoon tea at PikNik cafe and provedore.
The Bellarine Railway
The Bellarine Railway
A collection of heritage trains from around Australia operates on 16 km of restored track from Queenscliff to Drysdale. The railway line skirts the shores of Swan Bay before climbing the rolling hills towards Drysdale. Distant views over Corio and Port Phillip Bays add to the scenic splendour of the journey.
Blues Train
Blues Train
For something decidedly different and entirely enjoyable, Queenscliff's legendary Blues Train is one of Victoria's most spectacular entertainment and dining experiences.
Fairy Park
Fairy Park
Follow the yellow brick road to find fabled tales collected by legendary European storytellers. Peek into the world of all your favourite Fairytale characters, from Red Riding Hood to Rumplestilzchen.
Jirrahlinga Wildlife Sanctuary
Jirrahlinga Wildlife Sanctuary
Get up close and personal with Australian native animals at this popular wildlife sanctuary. Pat a koala, join the keepers on a tour or learn more from their specialised talks. Take a lunch hamper and spend the day discovering much about the behind the scenes work this award-winning volunteer organisation does for injured wildlife.
Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre
Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre
Creating an awareness of the issues concerning Victorian fisheries, recreational fishing and the marine and freshwater environment is a key concern of the Department of Primary Industries. The Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre in Queenscliff provides education and eco-tourism services that aim to do just this.
Queenscliff Marina
Queenscliff Marina
Established in a true Victorian working harbour ensures there is always something to see and do. Whether you're watching the Pilot boats returning from their trips into the rip, or you're signing on for a dive trip to one of Victoria’s famous historic dive sites. Perhaps you're just taking it all in from the second story fine dining room located in the restaurant or braving the heights and soaking up the wonderful 360 degree views from the harbour's very own observation tower.
Sea All Dolphin Swims
Sea All Dolphin Swims
The crew at Sea All Dolphin Swims will show you an amazing experience you'll be talking about for years to come. They offer loads of local knowledge and a wealth of experience to ensure you get the most from your day on Port Phillip Bay. You can choose from a variety of marine experiences including swimming with dolphins and seals, scenic bay tours and a tour of the mysterious South Channel Fort.
Sea Road Ferries
Sea Road Ferries
The spectacular 40-minute trip on the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry Service links Melbourne’s most magnificent coastal regions: the Bellarine Peninsula and Mornington Peninsula.
South Bay Eco Adventures
South Bay Eco Adventures
View Port Phillip Heads from a new perspective and explore areas only accessible by boat. An exhilarating journey highlighting the unique history, wildlife and coastal landscape of southern Port Phillip Bay.
Surfing Lessons
Surfing Lessons
Learn to surf with the experts in Point Lonsdale, Queenscliff, Ocean Grove or Torquay. All levels catered from, from beginners learning how to stand on a board to the more experienced fine-tuning their technique.
Tiger Moth Adventure World
Tiger Moth Adventure World
A theme park based around the magical 1930's open-cockpit Tiger Moth bi-plane and grass aerodrome.
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Why travel thousands of kilometres, when a taste of African adventure is available just 30 minutes from Melbourne’s city centre? At Werribee Open Range Zoo, you'll find an amazing array of animals living on 225 hectares of wide, open savannah.

Bays and Beaches  

Queenscliff Beaches and Beyond
Queenscliff Beaches and Beyond
Sheltered bay beaches offer wide sandy stretches, easy access and are close to shops, restaurants and cafes. The iconic Queenscliff Pier at the front beach is a frequent haunt for anglers with whiting, trevally and squid in abundance. The wide grassy foreshore is perfect for large gatherings, offering a playground and picnic areas. The stunning backdrop of Port Phillip Bay makes it the ideal location for wedding ceremonies, photographers and artists. The back beach of Queenscliff is accessed via stairs through the sand dunes, providing picturesque views for The Heads, it's great for ship spotting and watching the pilot boats race through the Rip. Wide sandy beaches, rockpools and gentle surf create a popular family haven.
Point Lonsdale Back Beach
Point Lonsdale Back Beach
A unique challenge for the surfer with its ripping turns and testing breaks. Situated just below the Lighthouse, this beach is easily accessible by foot over the tall dunes of Point Lonsdale. The beach is patrolled and swimmers should swim between the flags. The beach continues all the way to Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads.
Narrows Beach
Narrows Beach
Narrows Beach is set aside for the animal lover. Narrows Beach between Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale offers a great opportunity for visitors and locals to run and play with their dogs free from interference and recriminations. It's also popular with walkers and joggers. All of our beaches are between 200mt to 2km from our park.
13th Beach
13th Beach
Thirteenth Beach is part of the 7 km long section of coast between Barwon Heads and Black Rock. It occupies the western 4.5 km and faces essentially due south.
Bells Beach
Bells Beach
Bells Beach is a coastal locality of Victoria, Australia in Surf Coast Shire and a renowned surf beach, located 100 km south-west of Melbourne, on the Great Ocean Road near the towns of Torquay and Jan Juc. Victoria's surfing mecca and the home of the longest running professional surfing event in the world, the Rip Curl Pro, is just a short drive from Torquay, off the Great Ocean Road. Keen surfers "discovered" Bells Beach in the early 1950s and it became the world's first "surfing reserve" in 1971. The Bells area consists of a number of breaks, including Winkipop, Bells Bowl, Rincon, Centreside and Southside. Bells' powerful waves are not for beginners. Location: On the Great Ocean Road side of Torquay. Approximately 45km from Beacon Resort
Fishermans Beach
Fishermans Beach
Heading south-west from Deep Creek is Zeally Bay which is known locally as Fishermans Beach or Fisho's. As the name suggests it is a noted fishing, as well as a sailing spot. There is a boat ramp and sailing club.

Bike Trails  

Bellarine Rail Trail
Bellarine Rail Trail
A great day or weekend destination close to Melbourne and Geelong with scenery ranging from rolling farmland through to the picturesque Swan Bay. From Drysdale to Queenscliff the trail is beside the Bellarine Railway. The railway is happy to take bicycles on their trains if you don't want to ride in one (or both!) directions of this section.
Point Nepean Bike Ride
Point Nepean Bike Ride
Stay with us and still experience the unique historic Point Nepean National Park from your bike in a fun, engaging & healthy way using the Sea Road Ferry to transfer you and your bike from Queenscliff to Sorrento. Located at the end of Point Nepean Road, where Bass Strait meets Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula ends. Point Nepean’s rich history has had a significant impact on Victoria and Australia in terms of immigration, quarantine and defence.
Steam and Ride
Steam and Ride
During you stay with us, you may like to ride your bike to Drysdale, have lunch, and return by steam train. Two wonderful adventures rolled into one.
Amy Gillett Foundation Ride
Amy Gillett Foundation Ride
Amy's Ride provides the Amy Gillett Foundation with an opportunity to proliferate key messages of safe and responsible road use, increase awareness to the need for more shared respect, raise much needed funds and honor the memory of Amy.

Bird Watching  

Bird Watching - Swan Bay, Queenscliff
Bird Watching - Swan Bay, Queenscliff
Nearly 200 species of birds have been seen in Swan Bay. The area has been internationally recognised as a very significant habitat for water birds and is listed on the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. The intertidal mudflats of Swan Bay are home each summer to about 10,000 migratory waders, such as plovers, sandpipers, godwits, knots and curlews. The Bay is an important destination for many species which breed as far away as high arctic Siberia and Alaska. Some weigh as little as 30 grams, the weight of a box of matches, yet they fly a round trip of over 24,000 kilometres every year! Eighteen species of wader occur regularly in Swan Bay, reflecting the diversity of invertebrate food in the intertidal mudflats. Each species has a uniquely shaped bill specifically adapted to catch particular invertebrates. In this way, many species can coexist. A good place for observing feeding waders is on the intertidal mudflats around Swan Island.

Dining Options  

Details of Restaurants
Details of Restaurants
We have a wonderful selection of restaurants and cafes in our region and many that are very close to home. Perhaps a personalised transfer from the resort to your choice of venue would ensure a completely relaxing evening for all.

Golf  

Golfers Paradise
Golfers Paradise
If you love your golf, then you need look no further. During your stay with us you will be spoilt with choice to play some of the top rated links and sand-belt courses in Victoria.
Barwon Heads Golf Club
Barwon Heads Golf Club
Regularly rating in Australia's top 30 courses, Barwon Heads Golf Links are reminiscent of famed Scottish links. With nearby Bass Strait, sand dunes and prevailing weather conditions, the Links will test golfers of all standards with cleverly positioned hazards, subtle slopes and greens, along with challenging tees.
13th Beach Golf Links
13th Beach Golf Links
The first of the two courses, The Beach Course was opened in December 2001. The challenging and natural links style course has already received high accolades, being voted in the countries top 25 golf courses (Golf Australia magazine) and the 8th best public access facility (Golf Australia magazine, 2009). The Creek Course designed by Tony Cashmore in conjunction with 6 time major championship winner Sir Nick Faldo, is a wonderful complement to The Beach Course.
Queenscliff Golf Club
Queenscliff Golf Club
A friendly & vibrant golf club in a unique island setting, surrounded by wildlife including the rare Orange Bellied Parrot, Royal Spoonbill, Black Swans and kangaroos. Offering a challenging all weather track with a changing terrain, this is an ideal year round golfing destination. Overlooking heritage listed Swan Bay, it is one of the most unique golf courses in Victoria.
Point Lonsdale Golf Club
Point Lonsdale Golf Club
Lonsdale Golf Club is a highly regarded 18-hole sandbelt course with a varied layout situated on beautiful Lake Victoria, conveniently located in Point Lonsdale on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Portarlington Golf Club
Portarlington Golf Club
Portarlington Golf Club course is a challenging tree lined course with a wonderful variety of golf holes, pure putting surfaces and excellent year round conditioning.

History  

Queenscliff Heritage Walk
Queenscliff Heritage Walk
Experience the magical history of Queenscliff with one of the many guided walks offered by local, experienced guides.
Fort Queenscliff
Fort Queenscliff
Built to defend the entrance to Port Phillip Bay, Fort Queenscliff overlooks the commercial shipping lanes to Melbourne and Geelong. Used for military purposes since 1860, it is reminiscent of a medieval fortress with muzzle loading cannons, walls, a dry moat and a keep. It is one of Australia's largest and best-preserved military fortresses, incorporating the unique black lighthouse (est. 1862), military museum and underground shell magazine.
Queenscliff Maritime Museum
Queenscliff Maritime Museum
Escape for a short while into Queenscliff’s fascinating past. The ship wrecks, the rescues and the brave Pilots who, even to this day guide ships safely through "The Rip" at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. This modern museum, built to house the last Queenscliff lifeboat, also displays many artefacts from shipwrecks, model ships, the history of the Chinese fishermen and the unique couta boats.
Queenscliff Historical Museum
Queenscliff Historical Museum
The centre displays an extensive collection of photographs of local interest including early Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale residents, together with shipping, pilot service, buildings and shipwrecks dating from 1836. The museum displays include relics, paintings of pilot vessels, household and personal articles used by early settlers. Open daily from 2.00 to 4.00pm.
Old Geelong Gaol
Old Geelong Gaol
Formerly a high security prison, it remains much the same as when it was operating until July 1991. Designed in the style of the Pentonville prison in the UK, the bluestone walls and masonry are amongst the best examples in the region.
National Wool Museum
National Wool Museum
Discover the fascinating heritage of Australia's pastoral and textile industries. This interactive museum brings to life the people and their stories in the historic 1872 bluestone Woolstore at Geelong's waterfront. Location Cnr Moorabool & Brougham Sts, Geelong. Approx 30km from Beacon Resort.

Marine National Parks  

Harold Holt Marine Reserves
Harold Holt Marine Reserves
Marine reserves around Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale protect important habitats. They were established in 1979, the first in Victoria. They carry the name of Harold Holt, a former Australian Prime Minister who disappeared while swimming off Cheviot Beach, on the Mornington Peninsula-side of Port Phillip Bay.
Point Lonsdale Marine Reserve
Point Lonsdale Marine Reserve
This is the place for rockpool rambling. The large sandstone platform below the lighthouse is exposed at low tide, giving visitors and opportunity to see the plants and animals that live on the rocky shore. The large, protected rockpools of Glaneuse Reef, 300 metres to the west of the lighthouse, provide a wonderful opportunity at low tide for snorkellers and divers.
Popes Eye Marine Reserve
Popes Eye Marine Reserve
The horseshoe-shaped basalt rock structure is the foundation of what was to be an island fort in Port Phillip. It was built around 1880 and is now a marine reserve. It has a sandy bottom and up to three metres of water. Outside, the depth is 12 metres.

Markets  

Point Lonsdale Market
Point Lonsdale Market
Operates every 2nd Sunday of the month, all year round: 9.00am to 2.00pm Indoor/outdoor market featuring over 150 stalls. Handmade goods, crafts, plants, gourmet food and more.
Queenscliff Community Market
Queenscliff Community Market
Operates from September to May: 9.00am to 2.00pm Around 190 stallholders, located beside the Queenscliff pier and within a short walk of the fantastic new Queenscliff Harbour precinct and main street shopping. All goods are handcrafted and feature home baked food.
Steampacket Gardens Art & Craft Market
Steampacket Gardens Art & Craft Market
Operates on the first Sunday of the month, all year round: 10.00am to 2.00pm Located in picturesque gardens at Waterfront Geelong, overlooking Corio Bay. Quality art & craft stalls with shopping malls, cafe's and family entertainment close by.
Portarlington Community Market
Portarlington Community Market
Operates every Sunday, all year round: 9.00am to 2.00pm Indoor/outdoor venue with stunning views over Portarlington pier. Food, craft, trash & treasure, books, clothing, bric-a-brac. Grab some famous Portarlington mussels whilst you're there.
Ocean Grove Craft Market
Ocean Grove Craft Market
Operates on the first Sunday of the month, September to May: 9.00am to 1.00pm Outdoor market situated in nature reserve. Features art, craft and produce. Kids playground, camel rides and family entertainment.
Drysdale Community Market
Drysdale Community Market
Operates third Sunday of the month, September to May: 9.30am to 1.30pm Over 120 stalls of handcrafted, home produced goods, plants, set amongst pine trees by a pretty lake. Playground available.
Geelong Greyhounds Community Market
Geelong Greyhounds Community Market
Operates every Saturday, all year round: 9.00am to 2.00pm Fresh food and produce with huge array of clothing, leather goods, shoes and flowers.
Belmont Market
Belmont Market
Operates every Sunday, all year round: 8.00am to 2.00pm Indoor/outdoor venue featuring bric a brac, crafts, second hand goods, fresh produce, plants, flowers, food and refreshments. Close to KMart, Belmont shopping precinct and Barwon River.
Central Geelong Farmer's Market
Central Geelong Farmer's Market
Operates every second Saturday: 8.30am to 12.30pm Loads of stalls offering the region’s best fruit and vegetables, chutneys, preserves, honey, locally baked breads, eggs, organic vegetables and meat, sauces, wine, cheese, olive oil, flowers, tea, coffee and more. Set not far from Waterfront Geelong, it's the ideal way to start your weekend. FREE activities include a miniature animal farm with ducks, pigs, lambs and other cuddly baby farm animals; face painting and more. A seasonal cooking school operates at the market, where produce from stallholders is used by the market chef, showcasing and demonstrating how the produce may be used.

On The Water  

Impulse Charters
Impulse Charters
From fishing on Port Phillip Bay to a sunset karaoke cruise; Impulse Charters will cater to your needs. Offering trips on "The Party Boat - Teri-Lyn" for a completely unique experience to a day out fishing the local "hot spots". With an on-board BBQ, compliment your trip with a simple sausage sizzle or, a great Aussie favourite, prawns.
Sea All Dolphin Swims
Sea All Dolphin Swims
The crew at Sea All Dolphin Swims will show you an amazing experience you'll be talking about for years to come. They offer loads of local knowledge and a wealth of experience to ensure you get the most from your day on Port Phillip Bay. You can choose from a variety of marine experiences including swimming with dolphins and seals, scenic bay tours and a tour of the mysterious South Channel Fort.
Sea Road Ferries
Sea Road Ferries
The spectacular 40-minute trip on the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry Service links Melbourne’s most magnificent coastal regions: The Bellarine Peninsula and Mornington Peninsula.
South Bay Eco Adventures
South Bay Eco Adventures
South Bay Eco Adventures is an eco-tourism company specialising in sightseeing boat tours of Southern Port Phillip Bay. Explore areas only accessible by boat on an up close nature-based adventure highlighting the unique history, wildlife and coastal landscape.
Queenscliff Fishing Charters
Queenscliff Fishing Charters
How about a fun family fishing trip this holidays with the bonus of freshly caught seafood for the BBQ that evening.

Queenscliff Marina  

Queenscliff Marina
Queenscliff Marina
Established in a true Victorian working harbour ensures there is always something to see and do. Whether you're watching the Pilot boats returning from their trips into the rip, or you're signing on for a dive trip to one of Victoria’s famous historic dive sites. Perhaps you're just taking it all in from the second story fine dining room located in the restaurant or braving the heights and soaking up the wonderful 360 degree views from the harbour's very own observation tower.

Wineries  

Banks Road Winery
Banks Road Winery
A boutique winery based in the Bellarine Peninsula just outside Geelong. We have approximately 12 acres of grapes planted and a cellar door that offers wholesome meals using local produce of the region. The vineyard is set in a rural environment with a contemporary setting surrounded by sculptures of renown artists, rows of vines and views of the picturesque Swan Bay.
Bellarine Estate
Bellarine Estate
The 100-acre property occupies the northern slopes of the hills between Drysdale and Portarlington overlooking Corio Bay. The vineyard is nestled in a valley that is sheltered from harsh winds, yet perfectly positioned to capture the sun’s rays. This true maritime climate provides warm days and cool nights which ensure a long, slow ripening season and fruit of exceptional quality. The area’s rich black basalt soils overlying a limestone base further accentuate the fruit flavours.
Jack Rabbit Vineyard
Jack Rabbit Vineyard
Located on McAdams Lane with views of rolling paddocks and coastal cliffs is an oasis. Unrivalled views across the bay to Geelong, the You Yangs and Melbourne. A rich, diverse stable of sophisticated cool climate wines, with contemporary a la carte dining to match.
Leura Park Estate
Leura Park Estate
The Leura Park Estate Cellar Door boasts a funky, rustic chic ambience. Stunning stone based pizzas, seasonal al fresco grazing platters (all home made and delicious!) and brilliant cheeses are just the beginning. . .come and enjoy our mouth-watering steak sandwich, warm chicken salad or our salt & pepper calamari served with a Greek Salad. There's always a couple of delish Blackboard Specials too!
Oakdene Vineyard
Oakdene Vineyard
Oakdene wines are made in small quantities, from excellent quality fruit, produced in low yields using meticulous vine management and crafted by proven winemakers. The wines are elegant, complex and reflect the true varietal character of our region.
Scotchmans Hill
Scotchmans Hill
Scotchmans Hill is a family owned vineyard and winery based on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. Established in 1982, Scotchmans Hill has become a producer of some of Australia's most complex, elegant and consistent wines. Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are produced on the fertile volcanic soils of Mount Bellarine.
Terindah Estate
Terindah Estate
As you drive down McAdams Lane to the entrance of Terindah Estate, you gain glimpses of the breathtaking views awaiting you. Terindah is a boutique vineyard situated on the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. Terindah is the place for anyone interested in visiting a vineyard with award-winning wines, delicious food and stunning architectural event spaces.

Upcoming Things to Do

Searoad Ferries
Searoad Ferries
5 Dec 2013 - 5 Dec 2017
Enjoy a spectacular 40 minute ferry ride across Port Phillip Bay, linking Queenscliff on The Bellarine and Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula.
Tastes of the Bellarine Winery Tour
Tastes of the Bellarine Winery Tour
6 Dec 2013 - 31 Dec 2014
A wine and produce tour including tastings, lunch and a local guide. Experience the best of the Bellarine with this iconic tour which will explore both wine making and tasting. Enjoy a guided tour with the winemaker along with wine tasting at Leura Park Estate, lunch and wine tasting at Oakdene Vineyard, wine and cider tasting at Jack Rabbit Vineyard finished by afternoon tea at PikNik cafe and provedore.
Mud Day Spa
Mud Day Spa
7 Dec 2013 - 31 Dec 2014
Mud Day Spa is situated within the resort and has been designed to cater for those with sublime relaxation in mind! You can choose from a wide range of treatments for men and women including facials, massages and body wraps. Using luxurious high performance products from Pevonia and the Australian inspired LI'TYA range, you're sure to have an amazing experience to remember. Escape the pressures of your day and enjoy the ultimate Day Spa experience where your health and wellbeing come first. Open 7 days a week for your convenience.
What else is on this week...
What else is on this week...
8 Sep 2014 - 31 Dec 2014
Should you be looking for a little activity, here are some of our favourite local and regional highlights to help you plan ahead and get the most out of your holiday!