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Queenscliff
Delightful resort town on the Bellarine Peninsula
Queenscliff is one of those delightful seaside resorts which is both a popular beachside destination and a sophisticated retreat characterised by elegant hotels, guesthouses, galleries, some substantial public buildings, chic restaurants, cafes, a fine golf course, ferries, wide streets faced by terraced houses and both bay and surf beaches. In Australia most beach resorts are either very sophisticated (Palm Beach, Noosa) or very popular (Surfers Paradise) but rarely do they combine the two. At the same time Queenscliff is, and always has been, a working town with modest 19th-century stone and timber fisherman's cottages, a working wharf, boatbuilders and anglers galore. In the case of Queenscliff the mixture is unusual and makes the town both distinctive and special.

Queenscliff is located on an isthmus at the south-eastern tip of the Bellarine Peninsula. It sits just inside the entrance to Port Phillip Bay, 103 km south of Melbourne and 30 km from Geelong at an elevation of 15 metres. On one side is Swan Bay and, on the other, Shortland Bluff overlooks the channels leading into Port Phillip Bay. Fishing and tourism are the main sources of income. The borough of Queenscliff (which includes part of Point Lonsdale) has a current population of some 3419.

The area was originally inhabited by the Wathawurung Aborigines who, in 1803, befriended a white man, William Buckley, a convict who had absconded when a party under the command of Lieutenant Governor Collins established a settlement at Point King( see entry on Sorrento). Buckley married a woman of the tribe, had a daughter by her and lived in the area for 32 years before rejoining European civilization (see entry on Point Lonsdale).

In 1838 George Tobin was licensed to operate a pilot service from the beach below Shortland Bluff (then a heavily wooded headland) where he and his crew lived. Tobin was soon joined by other operators. The pilot boats steered ships through the treacherous waters of The Rip at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. The waters between Port Phillip Heads are still regarded as highly treacherous and the area is known as a ship's graveyard due to the number of wrecks that have occurred over the years. Indeed the pilot service is still in operation.

The area was named Whale Head in 1836 but was soon renamed Shortland Bluff after a midshipman on the vessel which carried out an early official survey of Port Phillip Bay. A lighthouse was erected at Shortland Bluff in 1842 or 1843.

A pastoral run was established on the future townsite in 1850. However, the discovery of the Victorian goldfields in 1851 caused shipping to greatly increase and, when the licence expired in 1852 the government resumed the land and a survey for a prospective townsite was executed. Land sales proceeded in 1853. Governor Charles La Trobe renamed the townsite Queenscliff in honour of Queen Victoria. The first hotel and an Anglican school were erected in 1854 (the father of renowned artist Arthur Streeton was headmaster here in the late 1860s before it became a government school).

Shortly afterwards the health officer moved to Queenscliff from Point Nepean (see entry on Portsea) and he was joined by a customs officer who boarded vessels on a whaleboat. Thus Queenscliff gradually became something of an administrative centre.

As a consequence of the upturn in shipping, the pilot service was expanded. It was privatised in 1854 and numerous companies were soon in operation. A lifeboat service was established in 1856. A jetty and a planked roadway across the foreshore to the pier were built in 1856 when bay steamers began plying back and forth from Melbourne. It was extended in 1860 and a crane and tramway added the following year. Further extensions were added due to siltation and the need to accommodate larger boats.

As Queenscliff overlooks a major shipping channel relating to Melbourne and Geelong it quickly developed a role as a garrison town and strategic defence post with the installation of three cannons during the Crimean War. Volunteers manned them from 1860 and a fort proper was constructed in the 1880s amidst scares of a Russian invasion.

Fishermen began to move to Queenscliff c.1860 and a sizeable fishing fleet soon developed as demand had been greatly increased by the massive influx of immigrants associated with the goldrushes. Some were Chinese anglers who supplied dried fish to their countrymen on the goldfields. In 1865 the Geelong Advertiser reported 130 anglers at Queenscliff, including Maoris, Italians, Dutchmen, Frenchmen and Chinese. Complaints about their occupation of the sand flats led to the subdivision of the area into allotments for lease to men licensed under the Fishing Act.

Queenscliff became a borough incorporating Point Lonsdale in 1863. At that time the business and residential area of Queenscliff had expanded and five hotels were in operation. St George's Anglican church was built at this time and it was soon joined by Catholic, Presbyterian and Wesleyan churches.

In 1879 a railway line connecting the town to Melbourne opened. This was the beginning of dramatic growth which saw Queenscliff become a popular holiday resort on the western shore of the bay. In the 1880s and 1890s the town became a very popular weekend getaway for the wealthier classes of Melbourne society who rode paddlesteamers such as the Ozone while newspapers reported on the families who were holidaying in the resort and which of the elegant hotels they occupied.

Ironically it was the motor car which also saw Queenscliff fall from favour as access to other coastal resorts was facilitated. However, this decline of internal dynamism meant that the Victorian resort feel of the town has been preserved, along with its fine old hotels.

Pirate Benito Benita is said to have buried plundered Spanish treasure in a cave in the cliffs of Swan Bay in 1798. Other aspects of the legend entail Benita being caught in the act by the British navy and sealing the cave entrance with gunpowder. He was allegedly caught and hanged while his cabin boy, who was supposedly tattooed with the map, laid low in Tasmania. This lad is said to have returned to spend his last years in Queenscliff, presumably without consulting the map on his body, as this dubious tale has, in reality, inspired some serious treasure-hunting over the years. Despite the fact that no record of Benita's capture exists and despite the fact that an alleged part of his treasure - statues from a cathedral in Peru - remain in the Peruvian cathedral, various syndicates and individuals have undertaken serious excavation work in search of the treasure, but to no avail.

Literary buffs may recognise Queenscliff as 'Shortlands' in Henry Handel Richardson's Ultima Thule (1929). Richardson's father Walter was port medical officer at Queenscliff in the late 1870s and the family lived in a cottage at 26 Mercer St which, at last report, is still standing. Postmaster Henry Charles Dod was cast as Mr Spence in Richardson's novel - the postmaster who tutors Mrs Mahony as a postmistress after her husband collapses.

A great story about Queenscliff from the 1930s involves the famous Australian painter Sidney Nolan. Apparently Nolan and a friend stowed away on a ship in Melbourne in 1934 hoping they could get a free passage to France. They decided that if they were caught they would insist they were missionaries who were trying to get to Tahiti to bring the gospel to the locals. Unfortunately neither Nolan nor his friend had a working knowledge of The Bible and neither of them had much of a desire to remain teetotal for the duration of the trip. They were discovered before the ship left Port Phillip, were removed and taken to Queenscliff where they were gaoled.

In recent years Queenscliff has been rediscovered as a premium holiday destination. It is a genuinely delightful seaside resort which has plenty of 1880s charm and enough attractions to seduce the most curious visitor.

Tours are available on weekends and public holidays at 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. and on weekends and public holidays, tel: (03) 5258 0730. Queenscliff Historical Tours also conduct tours of the fort every day at 1.30 p.m., tel: (03) 5258 3403.


 

 

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Tourist Information
The Queenscliff Tourist Information Centre is located at 55 Hesse St and is open daily, tel: (03) 5258 4843.

 

Queenscliffe Historical Museum and Start of Historic Buildings Tour
At the corner of Hesse and Hobson Sts is the old post office (1889). Next door is home of the Queenscliffe Historical Centre & Museum (the extra 'e' is not an accident as the museum (insists that 'Queenscliff' is the town and 'Queenscliffe' is the borough). It houses about 10 000 items, including historical artefacts, photographs, documents, lace, textiles and relics from shipwrecks as well as information about the families who settled the area, particularly those who spent time working in Fort Queenscliff. It is open from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday. For further information contact (03) 5258 2511.

The museum has information regarding the town's heritage buildings. Over the road, at 46 Hesse St, is the ornate and opulent interior of the Vue Grand, with its tiled floor and marble columns. It was erected in 1881-82 with a front section rebuilt in 1927 after a fire.

 

 

Queenscliff Hotel
 

Mietta's Queenscliff Hotel
Walk along Hobson St then turn left into Gellibrand St. To the left, at no.16, is the red-brick Mietta's Queenscliff Hotel (1887-88). Although restored it has not been modernised and the interior retains its old-world charm. The owners have written of the hotel 'The building had and has great character ... the original owners, sister Nugent and brother Goslin had it purpose built in 1887 in the style of a large house rather than a public building (even to the extent of excluding a ballroom, a most unusual decision for the times) and went against the tide of florid Victoriana and with the William Morris aesthetic movement.' It features two-storey bay windows, some fine lacework, Flemish gables, an enclosed tower and a fine dining room.

At the Symonds St corner is the The Esplanade Hotel which was built in the early 1880s.

 

Foreshore
Turn right into Symonds St and walk along to the so-called 'New Pier' which was built in 1884. Walk south along the beach to the Pilots Jetty. Hot sea baths and a bathing enclosure were once located in the area between the two. Adjacent the Pilots Jetty is the modern operations centre of the Port Phillip Sea Pilots. Walk up Thwaites steps to Shortland Bluff lookout, near the water tower. There are excellent views of Port Phillip - north to the city skyline and east to the Dandenong Ranges, Mt Eliza and Mt Martha (see entry on Mornington) and Arthurs Seat (see entry on Dromana). On the other side of the mouth of Port Phillip Bay is the Quarantine Station (see entry on Portsea).

 

Gellibrand Street
Walk away from the coastline until you reach the roadway (Gellibrand St) and proceed to the corner of Gellibrand St and Stokes St. On the north-western corner is the former Lathamstowe Hotel which was built in 1881-83 by Edward Latham, a brewer who founded the Carlton Brewery. Part of Melbourne society, he married Emma Bailleau, the daughter of George Bailleau who built the Ozone Hotel which is located next door at no.42.

The Ozone, originally known as Bailleau House, was built in 1881-82. It is, by any measure, a superb old hotel with three storeys and a tower that offers great views over the town and Port Phillip Bay. The current name honours a paddlesteamer which carried passengers from Melbourne in the late 19th century when Queenscliff was a highly fashionable resort for the state capital's wealthier classes. The steamer was sunk off the coast of Indented Head to form a breakwater and can still be seen above the waterline (see entry on Portarlington).

Walk south back along Gellibrand St. Numbers 66 and 68 are the best preserved examples of residences built to house the pilots and boat crews which greeted the ships arriving at Port Phillip. They are amongst the oldest structures in town.

 

 

Fort Queenscliff
 

Fort Queenscliff
At the top of Gellibrand Street is the impressive Fort Queenscliff which was built on Shortlands Bluff, strategically overlooking the commercial shipping lanes to Melbourne and Geelong. Cannons were first installed here during the Crimean War (1853-56). They were manned by volunteers from 1860 and, despite the report of Captain Scratchley of the Royal Engineers (responsible for Fort Scratchley in Newcastle) that the shipping of the bay was supremely vulnerable to attack, little was done until the early 1880s when fears of a Russian invasion arose. A comprehensive network of fortifications were then established around the heads of Port Phillip Bay, including works at Fort Nepean (see entry on Portsea), South Channel Fort, Eagle Nest, Fort Franklin, Crow's Nest, Swan Island and Fort Queenscliff. So comprehensive were these fortifications that the bay was then considered one of the most heavily defended ports in the Southern Hemisphere.

Fort Queenscliff was designed not only to attack enemy shipping but to render it secure from land assault, hence there is a loopholed fort wall, a dry moat (once crossed by a drawbridge) and a castellated keep, along with the guardroom, cells, an underground shell magazine and muzzle-loading cannons. Today there is a subterranean museum of military memorabilia.

Also on the grounds is the 'Black' Lighthouse. It is the only one of its kind in Australia being made from bluestone which was cut in Scotland. The stones were numbered and shipped out to Australia where the lighthouse was erected in 1863. In conjunction with the 'White' Lighthouse it steered ships through The Rip at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. The stone administration centre was built in 1856. It housed Queenscliff's courthouse, post office, telegraph station and police station until 1882. Today Fort Queenscliff is used as the Australian Army Command and Staff College, though this connection may be severed in the near future.

Tours are available on weekends at 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. and on weekends and public holidays and at 1.30 p.m. on weekdays, tel: (03) 5252 0711. Queenscliff Historical Tours also conduct tours of the fort at 1.30 p.m. on weekdays, tel: (03) 5258 3403.

 

Hesse Street
Walk along King St and turn left into Hesse St. At the top end of the road there is a carpark and a lookout offering fine south-westerly ocean views over The Rip - a 3 km stretch of water dividing Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean. It is recognised as one of the most dangerous stretches of water on the whole Australian coastline.

Nearby is a memorial to the men involved in the Goorangi disaster which occurred in 1940. This was one of those tragedies that so often happen in wartime. On 20 November 1940 the minesweeper Goorangi moved from Queenscliff to Portsea and was accidentally rammed by the Duntroon. All 24 men aboard the Goorangi were killed. The impressive 'White' Lighthouse dates from 1892.

Walk north down Hesse St. Near the Stokes St corner are a number of churches - St Andrew's Presbyterian (now Uniting) Church (1898), the former Wesleyan chapel (1868) and the former Methodist Church (1888) with its distinctive barrel-vaulted ceiling and rose windows.

As you cross Stokes St have a look along this cross-street which, like Hesse St, has a 19th-century feel.

As you continue north along Hesse St you will return to the historical museum. Next door is the library. Only the front section is original (1888).

 

St George's
If you wish to extend your walk, turn left into Hobson St. At Hobson and Mercer are the church and parish hall of St George the Martyr (Church of England). The church, with its steeply-pitched roof, lancet windows, buttressing and stained-glass windows was built from local limestone. It dates from 1863-66 and the square tower from 1877. The Parish Hall (1870), like the church, was designed by Albert Purchas and has a central gabled bellcote and distinctive flanking gables. The church stands on a site where Governor Latrobe once built a small cottage for himself.

 

Mercer St
Turn left into Mercer St. 'Roseville' at no.42 is a rendered brick house with octagonal observation tower built before 1864 and later used as a holiday house. 'Warringa' at no.80 is a large single-storey Regency residence of cement-rendered limestone blocks built in 1856. At Mercer and King is the Royal Hotel, the first hotel in Queenscliff, which was built in 1854 as the Queenscliff Hotel (it became the Royal Hotel in 1860).

 

Church of the Holy Trinity
Turn right into King St then right into Stevens St. To the left is the Church of the Holy Trinity (1867). The presbytery and church hall date from 1901-02.

 

Flinders Street
Walk back along Stevens St to Flinders St. Just over Flinders St is the Crows Nest Camp which was established during the 1914-18 war. It was used as living quarters for sergeants and other ranks from 1938-1984. At Flinders and Swanston is the historic Cottage By the Sea and on the other side of Henry St is the Santa Casa Roman Catholic School which was built in 1902 and used as a home for disadvantaged children from 1918.

 

 

The Bellarine Peninsula Railway line which runs from Queenscliff to Drysdale
 

Bellarine Peninsula Railway
At the northern end of town, in Symonds Street, is the railway station (1879) which established an important link between Queenscliff and Melbourne (via Geelong). The station is now home to the 16-km Bellarine Peninsula Railway which is run by the Geelong Steam Preservation Society. It has an outstanding collection of vintage steam locomotives and carriages which take passengers on scenic pleasure trips to either Drysdale or Laker's Siding, taking in views of Swan Bay, the Bellarine Hills, Corio Bay and Port Phillip Bay.

Trains to Drysdale take 45 minutes one way, or 105 minutes return, with a 15-minute stopover in Drysdale. Every Sunday, most public holidays, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays during school holidays, trains depart for Drysdale at 11.15 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.The cost, one-way, is $8 for adults, $4 for children and $24 for families. Return is $14 for adults, $8 for children and $44 for families. It is possible to board the train at Drysdale for a one-way trip to Queenscliff.

On the days listed above, another train leaves Queenscliff at 1.30 p.m. but it only goes as far as Laker's Siding (40 minute return). For adults it is $4 one way and $8 return and, for children, it is $2 one way and $4 return. Families are $24 return.

From 26 December to 14 January, trains operate on a daily basis and, from 15 to 26 January, they operate every day except Mondays and Fridays. On these days (26 December to 26 January), there is an extra service to Laker's Siding at 2.30 p.m.

A special timetable pertains to Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday and there is a special trip with Santa just before Christmas. An all-weather cycling and walking trail runs parallel to the railway track and those wishing to take the train one way and ride a bicycle back can transport their bikes for an additional fee of $3. The trail continues from Drysdale along the original rail line as far as South Geelong. Trains can also be hired for special occasions.

Contact (03) 5258 2069 for bookings and further information. Recorded information regarding train times is available on (1900) 931 452.

 

Marine Discovery Centre
A delightful attraction, surrounded by old anchors and propellers, is the Queenscliff Marine Discovery Centre which is run by the Marine Freshwater Resources Institute. It features an aquarium (including a 'touch tank') and organises rockpool rambles, catchment studies, boat cruises of Port Phillip Bay, sand dune and zonation studies, snorkelling expeditions and activities specifically tailored for school groups (there is also a marine laboratory for senior students and a resource room).

The centre is open weekdays from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.but it is best to ring first to ensure the centre isn't booked out by a school group. The centre is also open every day in school holidays and on the last Sunday of the month from September to May (10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.). It is not necessary to ring first at these times, tel: (03) 5258 3344.

 

Queenscliff Maritime Centre and Museum
Over the road in Weeroona Parade is the Queenscliff Maritime Centre and Museum with exhibits relating to sea rescue, shipping and other aspects of maritime history, including the 'Queenscliffe' lifeboat (the last of four lifeboats which were continuously stationed at Queenscliff from 1856 to 1976), two rooms of a typical fisherman's cottage, rescue gear, the Coutabout building project, a diving technology display, photographs, rocket launchers, lots of displays of navigational and lighthouse equipment, an extensive history of the town's pilot service and a hydrographic model of The Rip (the dangerous entrance to Port Phillip which has caused many wrecks). It is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., tel: (03) 5258 3440.

 

Harbour Area and Swan Island Golf Course
It is worthwhile taking a stroll down to the boat harbour, slipway and Fisherman's Wharf (off Wharf St and Harbour St) where you can observe the colourful fishing fleet at work. A bridge leads over to Swan Island Golf Course.

 

Queenscliff-Sorrento Ferries
Peninsula Searoad Transport offers a car-and-passenger ferry service to Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula. It carries up to 80 vehicles and 700 passengers per trip, which lasts 40 minutes. It departs from both Sorrento pier and from Queenscliff every hour, on the hour, from 7.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., tel: (03) 5258 3244. The trip takes 40 minutes and the cost, for vehicles is $36 one-way, with an extra charge of $3 per adult and $2 per child within said vehicle. For foot passengers, traveling one way, the cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. Return fairs are ouble the one-way cost. The website is www.searoad.com.au

The Sorrento Ferry Co. carries passengers to and from Sorrento and Queenscliff with a stop in-between at Portsea. It also takes time out for some dolphin-watching. The two-hour trip operates daily from 26 December to 23 April and also in the September school holidays. From the beginning of November to Christmas Day it operates on weekends only. The rest of the year it is inoperative. It departs from Sorrento pier and stops at Portsea at 10,00 a.m., 12.00 p.m., 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. In February only there is a 5.40 p.m. service. For a one-way trip to Queenscliff, the cost is $8 for adults, $7 for pensioners and $6 for children. The return fair is$14 for adults, $12 for pensioners and $11 for children. Return family tickets (two adults and two children) are $45. Tickets are purchased on board the ferry. For daily service information, call (03) 5984 1602 after 8.00 a.m. or call the ferry direct on (0408) 545 714. Special dolphin-watching cruises operate hourly on Easter Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The website is www.sorrentoferryco.com.au

 

Horse-Drawn Coaches
Queenscliff Horse-Drawn Coaches operate daily from December to April. From May to November they operate on weekends only except in school holidays when the service is again daily. It is $3 from the ferry terminal to the town centre ($5 return) or $5 for a town tour.

 

Swan Bay
Swan Bay is on the northern side of the Queenscliff isthmus. Its quiet sheltered waters are good for fishing and boating. There is a boat ramp. Swan Bay is also a recognised wetland habitat which is a haven for birds such as the orange-bellied parrot.

 

Galleries
The Queenscliff Arcade at 79 Hesse St is open Wednesday to Monday. It sells crafts and antiques, tel: (03) 5258 3097. The Seaview Gallery at 86 Hesse St sells a selection of paintings, antique Japanese furniture, hand-blown glass and pottery. It is housed in an 1875 residence and is open daily in peak periods and on Wednesdays and Sundays at off-peak times, tel: (03) 5258 3645.

Hobsons Choice Gallery is located in an historic house at 2 Hobson St. It is open daily in holidays but closed Wednesdays and Thursdays off-peak. They sell paintings, antique furniture, hand-blown glass, jewellery and pottery, tel: (03) 5258 2161. The Grand Ballroom Gallery is located at 13 Hobson St, tel: (03) 5258 4300.

 

A Maze 'n' Things
This complex features a giant three-dimensional wooden maze, a puzzle and jigsaw centre, a croquet court and a putting green. There is a kiosk, a playground and barbecues. It is open from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on weekends, public holidays and every day during school holidays. Outside of school holidays the weekday hours are 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., except in June and July when the hours are midday to 5.00 p.m. A Maze 'n' Things doubles as something of a tourist information centre for the Bellarine Peninsula, tel: (03) 5250 2669. To get there, head north-west along the Bellarine Highway (towards Geelong) for about 12 km and it is located at the corner of the highway and Grubb Rd.

 

Bellarine Adventure Golf
Opposite A Maze 'n' Things is Bellarine Adventure Golf, a mini-golf course, tel: (03) 5250 3777.

 

Adventure Park
3 km further west along the highway is the intersection with Swanbay Rd. Turn right into the latter and you will immediately see Adventure Park. Set in 52 acres of picturesque parkland, it has a wide range of activities for families, including a 115-metre raft waterslide, go-karts, jumping castles, volleyball, a merry-go-round, paddleboats, the Big Bouncer, flying foxes, an archery range, Adventure Island mini-golf, aqua bikes, moon bikes, juming jets and canoes, the Paddle Pop Express Train and the Adventure Playground. Facilities include a kiosk and cafe, undercover seating and wheelchair access. Gas barbecues and lockers are available for hire, birthday parties can be organised and group bookings are also available for corporate and social clubs.

Admission charges were (at June 1, 2002) $15.50 for general admission (there is an additional fee of $4.50 for a five-minute ride on the go-karts), free for under 4s, $9 for senior citizens (55 yrs & over) and the disabled and $22 for a two-day pass. An annual pass is also available for $40.

Opening hours are from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. from Wednesday to Monday and every day in school and public holidays. Adventure Park is closed for about two months each winter, approximately from July to September, tel: (03) 5250 2756 or email, havefun@adventurepark.com.au. The web site is www.adventure-park.com.au. A site map is available from the admission centre.

 

Historic Tours and Bike Hire
Queenscliff Historical Tours and Bike Hire conduct regular daily bus tours of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale and excursions to Fort Queenscliff at 2.00 p.m. on weekdays, tel: (03) 5258 3403.

 

Moped Hire
Mopeds can be hired, without a licence, from Geelong and Bellarine Mopeds, tel: (03) 5258 4796 or (0414) 581 264.

 

Fishing and Fishing Charters
Queenscliff is a noted surf, boat and pier fishing area. Popular fishing areas are Queenscliff pier, the bight between Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale, the rock walls and jetties of Queenscliff anchorage and the sheltered water of Swan Bay. Sharks, barracouta, salmon, snapper, squid, trevally, slimy mackerel, flathead and reef fish can all be caught in offshore waters.

Big Red Fishing Charters are located at 27 Ward Rd. They have a 7.2-m aluminium cruiser (max. 8 people) available for half-day and full-day trips, tel: (03) 5258 4647 or free-call (1800) 805 587. They depart from Queenscliff public boat ramp or the pier at Portsea, by prior arrangement.

Kyena Fishing Charters offer charter trips for groups and clubs all year round. They also run fishing trips daily at 7.30 a.m. from 27 December to 30 January. They operate from Fisherman's Wharf (Bridge St end), tel: (03) 5258 1424.

Queenscliff Fishing Adventures offer four-hour budget fishing trips ($30 per person) at 8.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. daily from Queenscliff Boat Harbour. They also run sport fishing trips ($75 per person for 5 hours) at 7.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. daily and shark fishing ($135 per person for 10 hours) at 8.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. daily. The latter two excursions depart from Queenscliff public boat ramp, tel: (03) 5258 2802.

Impulse Charters can be reached on (03) 5258 3739.

 

Dolphin Swims
Sea-All Charters offer cruises of the off-shore waters, taking in dolphin swims, a seal colony, a gannet rookery and Point Nepean. They depart from Queenscliff Harbour, tel: (03) 5258 3889 or (0411) 873 777.

 

Harold Holt Marine Reserve
The Harold Holt Marine Reserve includes Mud Island, Pope's Eye, the South Channel Fort, gannet nesting sites and coastal reserves.

 

Diving
The Bellarine Peninsula is a popular snorkelling and diving area. The Queenscliff Dive Centre at 37 Learmonth St runs diving trips and courses and hires out equipment, tel: (03) 5258 1188.

 

South Channel Fort
The South Channel Fort is a small artificial island located offshore. Work began on the construction of the island in 1879 when about 14 000 tons of bluestone rocks (mostly weighing over two tons each) were laid in a ring. The foundations for a similar construction, known as the Pope's Eye, were laid to the west. Both were intended to illuminate (with searchlights) and stand guard over the main route through the shoals to Melbourne and to electrically detonate a series of sub-aquatic mines. Work on both projects was halted at the outset of the 1880s and the Pope's Eye never got any further. It is now home to a seal colony.

Fears of a Russian invasion led, in 1885, to the construction of numerous coastal defence works around Australia. As part of that enterprise, work recommenced on the South Channel Fort. Two eight-inch muzzle-loading guns were mounted with a range of 9 km. Innovative gun mountings were installed (one has been restored and is on display at Fort Queenscliff). When fully manned 100 people were garrisoned at the fort.

In the early 20th century the installation of new and more powerful guns at Port Phillip Heads lessened the need for the minefield and South Channel Fort and, by 1918, only a few men were garrisoned there. It was decommissioned after World War II and used as a magazine and then a weather station.

Many of the original fortifications, gun emplacements, magazines and subterranean passages remain intact though access is limited. The island offers fine views and it is also a declared sanctuary and breeding site for the white-faced storm petrel. Owing to the fragility of their nesting burrows visitors are restricted to a defined network of paths. Access is via seven companies who operate out of Sorrento and Queenscliff. These include Moonraker Charters (tel: 03 5984 4211), the Sorrento Ferry Company (tel: 03 5984 1602), Polperro (tel: 03 5988 8437) and Saltwater Adventures, tel: (03) 5258 4888.

 

 

 

 

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Abercrombie Caves Aberdeen Adaminaby Adelong Albury Alstonville Appin Araluen Ardlethan Ariah Park Armidale Ashford Australian Businesses for sale  Avoca Beach Barham Ballina Balranald Bangalow  Baradine Barham  Barmedman  Barooga Barraba  Barrington Tops  Batemans Bay  Bathurst  Batlow  Bega Bell  Bellbrook  Bellingen  Belmont  Bemboka Bendemeer  Bermagui  Berridale  Berrigan  Berrima  Berry Bilpin Binalong  Bingara  Binnaway  Blaxland  Blayney Bodalla Boggabilla  Boggabri  Bombala  Boorowa  Bourke Bowenfels  Bowral  Bowraville  Boydtown Broadwalk Business Brokers  Braidwood Brewarrina  Broadwater  Broken Hill  Broulee  Brunswick Heads  Bulahdelah  Bulli Bundanoon Bungendore  Bungonia Burrawang  Burrinjuck  Byrock  Byron Bay  Campbelltown Canowindra  Capertee Carcoar Casino  Cassilis  Cattai  Central Tilba Cessnock  Clarence Town  Cobar  Cabargo Coffs Harbour Coleambally Collarenabri  Condobolin  Coolah  Coolamon Cooma  Coonabarabran  Coonamble Cooranbong  Cootamundra Coraki Corowa  Cowra  Crescent Head  Crookwell Culburra-Orient Point  Culcairn Dalgety  Darlington Point  Delegate Delungra  Deniliquin Denman  Dorrigo  Dubbo Dunedoo Dungog  Durras Ebenezer  Eden Emmaville   Emu Plains Enngonia  Eugowra  Euston  Evans Head  Faulconbridge  Fitzroy Falls  Finley  Fingal Head  Forster-Tuncurry  Forbes Frederickton  Girilambone  Guyra  Gunnedah  Gulargambone  Goulburn  Gosford  Glen Innes  Gulgong  Griffith Glenbrook  Gundy Gresford Grafton  Gilgandra  Gerroa  Greta  Gunning  Gloucester  Gundaroo  Goolgowi  Gerringong Grenfell  Gooloogong  Gundagai Harden Hargraves  Harrington  Hat Head  Hawks Nest  Hay  Hazelbrook  Henty Hill End  Hillgrove  Hillston  Hinton Holbrook  Howlong  Hungerford  Huskisson  Iluka  Inverell  Ivanhoe Jamberoo  Jenolan Caves Jerilderie  Jerrys Plains Jervis Bay  Jindabyne  Jindera Joadja  Jugiong  Junee Kameruka  Kandos Kangaroo Valley Karuah  Katoomba  Kempsey  Kendall  Khancoban  Kiama Kiandra  Kincumber Kingscliff  Koorawatha  Kurnell  Kurrajong Kurri Kurri Kyogle  Lake Bathurst  Lake Cargelligo Lake Macquarie Lake Mungo  Lapstone  Largs  Laurieton  Lawson  Leeton  Lennox Head  Leura  Lightning Ridge Linden  Lismore  Lithgow  Lockhart  Lord Howe Island  Louth  Lucknow  Maude  Macksville  Maclean  Maitland Majors Creek  Manilla  Manly  Marulan  Mathoura  Mendooran  Menindee  Merimbula  Merriwa  Medlow Bath Michelago  Millthorpe  Morpeth  Mudgee  Milparinka  Milton  Mittagong  Moama  Mogo  Mollymook  Molong  Moree Morisset  Moruya  Moss Vale  Moulamein  Mount Kosciuszko National Park  Mount Victoria  Mount Wilson Mullumbimby  Mungindi  Murringo  Murrumbateman  Murrurundi  Murwillumbah  Muswellbrook  Myall Lakes Nabiac Nambucca Heads Narooma  Narrabri Narrandera Narromine Nelligen Nelson Bay Nevertire Newcastle Newnes Nimbin   Nimmitabel Norah Head Nowra Nundle Nyngan The Oaks  Oberon Ophir Orange Pacific Palms Palm Beach Pambula Parkes   Paterson Patonga Peak Hill Pearl Beach Penrith Penrose Perisher Valley Picton Pitt Town Pokolbin Pooncarie Port Macquarie Port Stephens Portland Queanbeyan Quirindi Rankins Springs Raymond Terrace Richmond  Robertson  The Rock Rockley Royal National Park Rylstone Sawtell  Scone Seal Rocks   Shellharbour  Shoalhaven Heads Silverton Singleton Sofala South West Rocks  Springwood  St Albans St Georges Basin Stockinbingal Stockton Stroud  Stuart Town  Sussex Inlet Sutton Forest Swansea  Sydney Tabulam  Talbingo  Tamworth  Taralga  Tarcutta  Taree Tathra  Tea Gardens  Temora  Tenterfield  Terrigal  Thirlmere  Thirroul Thredbo Village  Tibooburra  Tingha  Tocumwal  Tooraweenah  Toronto  Toukley  Trangie  Trunkey Creek  Tumbarumba  Tumut  Tuross Head  Tweed Heads  Ulladulla  Ulmarra  Uralla  Urana  Urbenville  Urunga  Vacy  Wagga Wagga  Wakool  Walcha  Walgett  Walla Walla  Wallabadah  Wallerawang  Wangi Wangi Warialda  Warren Wauchope  Wee Jasper  Wee Waa  Wellington  Wentworth  Wentworth Falls  Werris Creek  West Wyalong  White Cliffs  Whitton  Wilberforce  Wilcannia  Windeyer  Windsor  Wingham  Wisemans Ferry  Wollombi  Wollongong  Wombeyan Caves  Woodburn  Woodenbong  Woodford  Woolgoolga  Wooli Woy Woy  Wyong  Yamba  Yarrangobilly  Yarrangobilly Caves  Yass  Yerranderie  Yetman  Young  Broadwalk Business Brokers  Businesses for sale   Brisbane Businesses for sale  Gold Coast Businesses for sale  Sydney Businesses for sale  Australian Businesses for sale Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Caravan Parks for sale  Businesses for sale  Coffs Harbour Businesses for sale Caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  nsw caravan parks for sale   act caravan parks for sale Motels for sale New South Wales  Motels for sale Queensland  Hotels for sale New South Wales  Motels for sale Act  Hotels for sale Act

 

Qld Towns

Agnes Water   Airlie Beach    Allora   Alpha    Anakie    Aramac  Atherton  Ayr  Australina businesses for sale    Cabinda   Baraga  Breadline  Barbara Beau desert     Beware Island  Beenleigh  Biggenden   Biloela  Birdsville  Blackall   Blackwater  Blair Athol   Boonah  Boulia   Broadwalk Business Brokers  Brampton Island  Brooweena   Buderim   Bundaberg          Burleigh Heads  Brisbane   Caboolture   Cairns  Caravan parks for sale  Calliope   Caloundra   Camooweal   Cape Tribulation Capella   Cardwell   Cecil Plains   Charleville   Charters Towers  Childers Chillagoe  Chinchilla  Clermont Cleveland   Clifton  Cloncurry  Collinsville Condamine   Cooktown   Coolangatta   Cooroy Crows Nest   Croydon   Cunnamulla   Daintree  Dalby  Daydream Island   Doomadgee Double Island Duaringa  Dunk Island   Edmonton Eidsvold Emerald Emu Park   Esk   Eulo  Fitzroy Island  Fraser Island Gatton     Gayndah   Georgetown  Gin Gin  Gladstone    Glass House Mountains  Goondiwindi  Gordonvale Grandchester    Great Keppel Island   Green Island   Greenmount   Gympie  Hamilton Island   Hayman Island   Herberton   Heron Island   Hervey Bay   Hinchinbrook Island  Home Hill    Hotels for sale    Howard   Hughenden Ilfracombe     Ingham  Inglewood  Injune   Innisfail  Ipswich  Irvinebank  Isisford  Jandowae  Jericho Jimbour   Jondaryan Julia Creek   Kajabbi  Karumba Kenilworth  Kidston  Kilcoy  Kilkivan  Killarney  Kingaroy   Kuranda  Lady Elliot Island  Laidley  Landsborough  Laura  Leyburn  Lindeman Island   Lizard Island   Logan City  Long Island  Longreach  Mackay  Magnetic Island  Malanda Maleny  Marburg  Mareeba   Marlborough   Maroochydore   Mary Kathleen   Maryborough  McKinlay  Miles  Millaa Millaa Millmerran  Mirani  Mission Beach  Mitchell  Monto  Moonie  Moranbah  Moreton Island  Mossman   motels for sale  Mount Garnet   Mount Isa  Mount Molloy  Mount Morgan  Mount Perry  Mount Surprise  Moura Mourilyan  Mundubbera  Murgon Muttaburra  Nambour Nanango  Nerang  Noosa  Normanton   Oakey Orpheus Island   Palmer River   Pittsworth  Port Douglas  Proserpine  Proston   Quilpie   Rainbow Beach Ravenshoe   Ravenswood   Redcliffe  Richmond  Rockhampton  Roma  Rosewood  Sarina      Seventeen Seventy  Shute Harbour   South Long Island  South Molle Island  Southport  Springsure      St George   St Lawrence   Stanthorpe   Stradbroke Island   Surat  Surfers Paradise  Tambo    Tamborine Mountain   Taroom  Texas  Thargomindah  Theodore  Thursday Island   Tin Can Bay    Tinaroo  Toowoomba  Townsville  Tully  Undara  Wallangarra  Wandoan  Warwick  Weipa  Whitsunday Winton  Wondai   Yandina Yeppoon  Yuleba  Yungaburra  Young  Broadwalk Business Brokers  Businesses for sale   Brisbane Businesses for sale  Gold Coast Businesses for sale  Sydney Businesses for sale  Australian Businesses for sale Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Caravan Parks for sale  Businesses for sale  Coffs Harbour Businesses for sale Caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale  Hotels for sale   qld  caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale Queensland  Hotels for sale Queensland

 

 

Victoria

Aireys Inlet  Alberton Alexandra Anakie  Anglesea Antwerp  Apollo Bay  Apsley Ararat Australian Businesses for sale Avenel  Avoca   Bacchus Marsh  Bairnsdale  Ballan  Ballarat  Balmoral Bannockburn   Barmah   Barwon Heads  Bass   Baxter  Bed and Breakfasts for sale Beaufort  Beech Forest Beechworth  Belgrave  Bells Beach  Benalla Bendigo Berwick  Beulah Beveridge Birchip  Blackwood  Bogong Boort  Box Hill Bright Broadford  Broadwalk Business Brokers  Bruthen  Buchan Buckland  Buninyong Businesses for sale Camperdown Cann River Cape Otway Caravan Parks for sale  Carisbrook Casterton Castlemaine  Charlton  Chewton  Chiltern  Churchill  Clunes  Cobden  Cobram Cohuna Colac  Coleraine  Corinella  Corryong  Cowes Craigieburn  Cranbourne Cressy  Creswick Croydon  Dandenong Dargo  Daylesford Derrinallum Dimboola Donald  Donnybrook Spa Dromana Drouin Drysdale Dunkeld  Dunolly Eaglehawk Echuca  Edenhope Eildon Eldorado Eltham Emerald Euroa Falls Creek Farms for sale  Ferntree Gully Flinders Foster Frankston French Island  Geelong Genoa Gisborne  Glenrowan Goroke Grantville Graytown  Great Western Guildford Halls Gap Hamilton Harcourt Harrietville  Harrow Hastings  Healesville Heathcote Heidelberg Hepburn Springs Heyfield  Heywood Hopetoun Horsham Hotels for sale  Inglewood Inverleigh Inverloch Inverloch Jamieson Jeparit  Kallista Kalorama  Kaniva Katamatite Keilor  Kerang Kilmore Kinglake Koondrook  Koo-wee-rup Korumburra Koroit  Kyabram Kyneton Lake Bolac Lake Condah Lakes Entrance Lake Tyers Lancefield Lavers Hill Leongatha Licola Lilydale Lismore Lorne Macarthur  Maffra Maldon Mallacoota Malmsbury  Mansfield Management Rights for sale  Marlo Maryborough Marysville Meeniyan Melbourne  Melton Melville Caves Meredith Metung Milawa Mildura Minyip  Mirboo North Mitta Mitta Moe-Yallourn Moliagul  Monbulk  Mornington Mortlake Morwell  Motels for sale  Mount Beauty Mount Buffalo Mount Buller  Mount Hotham  Mount Macedon Mount Baw Baw Moyston Murchison  Murrayville Murtoa  Myrtleford Nagambie Nathalia Natimuk  Nelson Newhaven Nhill  Noojee  Numurkah  Nyah West  Ocean Grove Olinda Omeo Orbost Ouyen Pakenham Patchewollock Paynesville Penshurst  Peterborough Phillip Island Point Lonsdale Pomonal Poowong Port Albert  Port Fairy Port Welshpool Portarlington Portland  Portsea  Powelltown  Princess Margaret Rose Caves Port Campbell  Puckapunyal  Pyramid Hill  Queenscliff  Rainbow  Red Cliffs Red Hill  Robinvale Romsey Rosebud  Rosedale Rupanyup Rushworth Rutherglen Sale  San Remo Sea Lake Serpentine  Serviceton Seymour  Shoreham Shepparton Sherbrooke  Skipton  Smeaton  Smythesdale  Somers Sorrento St Arnaud St Leonards Stanhope  Stawell Steiglitz Stratford Strathmerton Suggan Buggan Sunbury  Swan Hill Talbot Tallangatta Tarnagulla Tarraville  Tatura  Terang Timboon Tintaldra  Toora  Tooradin  Torquay Trafalgar Traralgon Trawool Trentham Tungamah  Turriff  Violet Town Wahgunyah  Walhalla Walkerville Wangaratta Warracknabeal  Warragul Warrandyte Warrnambool  Warburton Wedderburn  Werribee Whitfield Williamstown Wilsons Promontory  Winchelsea Wodonga  Wonthaggi  Woodend Wycheproof  Yackandandah Yambuk Yarra Glen Yarra Junction Yarragon Yarram Yarrawonga Yea Young  Broadwalk Business Brokers  Businesses for sale   Brisbane Businesses for sale  Gold Coast Businesses for sale  Sydney Businesses for sale  Australian Businesses for sale Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Caravan Parks for sale  Businesses for sale  Coffs Harbour Businesses for sale Caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Vic caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale Victoria Hotels for sale Victoria

 

Tasmania

  Australian Businesses for sale Ansons  Bay Avoca  Beaconsfield Beauty Point  Bed and Breakfasts for sale Bicheno Boat Harbour  Bothwell Branxholm  Bridgewater Bridport  Brighton  Broadwalk Business Brokers  Bronte Park Bruny Island Buckland  Burnie  Businesses for sale Bushy Park Cambridge Campbell Town Caravan Parks for sale  Chudleigh Cleveland  Colebrook  Coles Bay Cradle Mountain Cressy  Cygnet    Deddington Deloraine  Derby Derwent Bridge Devonport  Dover Dunalley Eaglehawk Neck Evandale Exeter Falmouth  Farms for sale  Fingal  Flinders Island  Forth Franklin  Geeveston George Town Gladstone Gould's Country Hadspen  Hamilton  Hastings Hobart  Hotels for sale  Huonville Kempton  Kettering King Island Kingston Koonya  Latrobe  Launceston Lilydale  Longford  Luina Management Rights for sale  Maria Island  Marrawah Middleton Miena Mole Creek  Motels for sale  National Park New Norfolk  Nubeena  Oatlands Orford  Ouse  Penguin  Perth  Pioneer Poatina  Pontville  Port Arthur  Port Sorell  Queenstown  Railton  Renison Bell Richmond  Ringarooma Rokeby  Rosebery  Rosevears Ross  Saltwater River  Savage River Scamander  Scottsdale Sheffield  Sidmouth  Smithton Snug  Somerset Sorell  Southport  St Helens St Marys  Stanley  Strahan Strathgordon Swansea Taranna  Tarraleah  Tomahawk Triabunna Tunbridge  Ulverstone Waratah Weldborough Westbury Wilmot  Windemere Woodbridge Wynyard  Zeehan  Young  Broadwalk Business Brokers  Businesses for sale   Brisbane Businesses for sale  Gold Coast Businesses for sale  Sydney Businesses for sale  Australian Businesses for sale Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Caravan Parks for sale  Businesses for sale  Coffs Harbour Businesses for sale Caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale  Hotels for sale   tas caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale Tasmania  Hotels for sale Tasmania

South Australia

Adelaide Adelaide Hills Aldgate  Aldinga  Andamooka Angaston Ardrossan Arkaroola Auburn  Australian Businesses for sale  Balaklava  Barmera  Beachport  Bed and Breakfasts for sale Beltana Berri  Bethany  Birdwood  Blanchetown Blinman Booleroo Centre Bordertown  Bridgewater  Broadwalk Business Brokers   Bruce Burra  Businesses for sale Cape Jervis Carrieton Caravan Parks for sale  Clare Coober Pedy  Coonalpyn  Coonawarra Coorong Copley  CrafersCrystal Brook Curramulka  Echunga  Edithburgh Eudunda  Farms for sale  Gawler   Gladstone Glendambo  Goolwa  Greenock    Gumeracha Hahndorf  Hawker Hotels for sale  Innamincka  Jamestown  Kadina  Kangaroo Island Kapunda Karoonda Keith Kingston-on-Murray Kingston South East Lameroo  Laura  Leigh Creek  Lobethal  Loxton  Lyndhurst Lyndoch Maitland  Mallala  Mambray Creek  Management Rights for sale  Mannum  Marion Bay  Marla Marree McLaren Vale Melrose  Meningie Milang  Millicent  Minlaton Mintaro  Moonta Morgan Mount Barker  Mount Gambier  Motels for sale  Mount Pleasant    Murray Bridge  Mylor Naracoorte  Nuriootpa   Oodnadatta  Orroroo Padthaway  Parachilna Paringa Penola  Penwortham Peterborough  Pinnaroo Port Augusta Port Broughton Port Clinton Port Elliot  Port Germein Port MacDonnell Port Noarlunga Port Pirie Port Victoria Port Vincent Port Wakefield Quorn Renmark Reynella  Riverton  Robe  Roseworthy Roxby Downs Salisbury Seppeltsfield Sevenhill Snowtown  Spalding Springton  Stansbury  Stirling Strathalbyn Summertown Swan Reach Tailem Bend Tanunda  Tarlee Terowie Tintinara Truro  Victor Harbor  Waikerie  Wallaroo  Warooka Watervale  Wellington  Williamstown  Willunga Wilmington Wilpena Pound  Woomera Yankalilla   Yorketown Young  Broadwalk Business Brokers  Businesses for sale   Brisbane Businesses for sale  Gold Coast Businesses for sale  Sydney Businesses for sale  Australian Businesses for sale Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Caravan Parks for sale  Businesses for sale  Coffs Harbour Businesses for sale Caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  

 

Northern Territory

Adelaide River Alice Springs Arltunga Arnhem Land Barrow Creek Batchelor Bathurst Island  Borroloola Daly River Daly Waters Darwin Dunmarra Erldunda  Escape Cliffs  Glen Helen   Gove Peninsula Groote Eylandt Hermannsburg Humpty Doo Kakadu National Park Katherine Kings Canyon Larrimah  Mataranka Melville Island Newcastle Waters Pine Creek  Port Essington Raffles Bay  Renner Springs  Roper Bar Ross River  Tanami Tennant Creek  Ti Tree Timber Creek  Uluru Victoria River  Wauchope Wollogorang  Motels for sale Northern Territory   Hotels for sale Northern Territory

 

 

 

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