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Queenscliff is a quant seaside settlement located a mere 120km south of Melbourne, on the breathtaking Bellarine Peninsula. Owing to it’s proximity to Melbourne, Queenscliff has long been a popular holiday destination for domestic and international tourists alike, however the township has still somehow managed to remain a sleepy coastal community, portraying the typical Australian “no worries mate” exterior. International travellers staying in Queenscliff will consequently find themselves treated to warm Aussie hospitality and great beachside accommodation.
Holiday makers, who decide to spend their break in Queenscliff, will be amazed by the sights and activities that the region has on offer. As with many Australian seaside communities, Queenscliff provides holiday makers with the opportunity to undertake numerous aquatic activities such as: fishing, jet-boating, snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming with the dolphins, whale watching and general boating; most of which are within walking distance of Queenscliff holiday accommodation. Surfing is also available in the region, with the nearby township of Point Lonsdale boasting a fantastic surf beach.
Travellers, who are more interested in land-based activities, are also spoilt for choice in Queenscliff with the region providing a wide array of great terrestrial pastimes such as: train trips, historical walks and shopping, as well as day trips to fantastic nearby locations such as Point Lonsdale, St Leonards, Torquay, Geelong, or even Melbourne.
International visitors who choose to go on a short train trip have two very different options in Queenscliff. The first alternative is the Bellarine Steam Railway, which offers amazing scenic rail tours of the coast and hinterland surrounding Queenscliff. The second rail alternative afforded holiday makers however, is a little wilder, and comes in the form of the ‘Blues Train’.
The Blues Train, as the name suggests, is a steam train, which operates out of Queenscliff between the months of August to May. What makes this ride different from other train trips offered in the region, however, is the fact that there is a blues band playing in each of the four train carriages during the ride. Patrons may then swap carriages each time the train stops at a station, in order to sample each of the swanky bands on offer. In addition to great music, local beer, wine and food is also available during the trip, ensuring that holiday makers return to their holiday home having sampled some culinary delights that the region has to offer.
Travellers, who would like to further explore some of the gastronomic specialties offered on the Bellarine Peninsula, can also choose to discover the regions renowned ‘Bellarine Tasting Trail’. This predefined trail, which winds through the Bellarine region, including Queenscliff, incorporates numerous wineries, breweries, farms, orchards, restaurants and cafes. Holiday makers may decide to explore the trail alone, or to employ one of the various tour companies, which regularly traverse the Taste Trail.
International visitors may also be lucky enough to catch one of the various food-based festivals, which take place in the region, including: the ‘Portarlington Mussel Festival’ which takes place in January; the ‘Wallington Strawberry Fair and the ‘Ocean Grove Primary Apple Fair’ and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (Queenscliff) which take place in March; and the ‘Toast to the Coast’ which takes place in October and November. All of these festivals occur within a 30km radius of Queenscliff, making the township a perfect base for holiday makers hoping to catch some of these events.
Queenscliff is located in the ‘Temperate Climatic Zone’ of Australia, and therefore generally experiences acceptable weather year round. The most popular time of year for international travellers however, are the warmer summer months, which tend to stretch between late November and early February. Holiday makers, who wish to visit the area outside of this period, will nonetheless find great accommodation deals and superb activities to fill their time.
Travelling to Queenscliff from the UK is absolutely no hassle, as numerous airlines such as British Airways, Qantas and Malaysian Airlines offer flights to Melbourne departing from numerous UK airports, such as Heathrow. Once in Melbourne holiday makers need only utilise a hire car, or public transportation, to cover the remaining 120km between themselves and their luxury beachside Queenscliff holiday home.