Queenscliff are about 28 kilometres from the centre of Geelong and about an hour and a half's drive from Melbourne. It is linked to the Mornington Peninsula by a short ferry ride and is the best place in the Greater Geelong region to enjoy the splendour of the Victorian era.
Queenscliff was protected by Fort Queenscliff a red brick fort which dates back to 1860. Standing on Shortland's Bluff the fort is known for the first allied shot of World War 1 when it fired a gun across the bow of a German freighter the Pfalz. The Australian Army still have a presence in the Fort with some administration functions being done there, but much of it has been turned into a very interesting and popular museum.
With magnificent guest houses, ornate hotels and houses Queenscliff is full of charm. There a dozens of historic properties along wide tree planted boulevards. A tranquil way to enjoy them is by horse and cart rides which circle the township which quickly takes you back to a bygone era.
Queenscliff has a significant fishing fleet with fishing popular in the calmer Port Philip Bay or open ocean of Bass Straight, the Rip as it is known between the Bellarine Peninsula and Mornington Peninsula is one of the more dangerous stretches of water in the world. Pilot boats are deployed helping ships enter and leave the turbulent stretch of water. Many charter craft operate from the harbour with sightseeing and fishing, and dolphin spotting tours available.
The Queenscliff Music Festival is held in November when thousands flock to see a diverse line-up of some of the best names in music. The town comes alive with markets, roaming entertainment and a host of fun for the whole family giving Queenscliff a real party atmosphere.