The finer points of holidays in Point Lonsdale
Point Lonsdale is a quant Australian coastal settlement, located approximately 100 km south-west of Melbourne, on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula. Point Lonsdale’s seaside setting, along with its close vicinity to the world renowned ‘Great Ocean Road’, has made it a popular destination for both international and domestic tourists. The township consequently offers fantastic Australian hospitality, great budget and luxury holiday accommodation, as well as a plethora of exciting holiday activities.
Things to See and Do in and Around Point Lonsdale
International visitors, who choose to spend their holiday in Point Lonsdale, will be amazed by the multitude of things this small township offers, by way of things to see and do. As with many coastal locations in Australia, the beach is generally a prominent fixture in any Point Lonsdale holiday. ‘Back Beach’, the township’s surf beach, is also located within walking distance of most holiday rentals, which makes the settlement perfect for avid surfers, or those who may like to try surfing for the first time.
In addition to surfing, other great aquatic activities such as fishing, diving, snorkelling, swimming with dolphins and seals, and whale watching are also available. For travellers, who prefer organised tours, various tour companies operate from October to May, departing from Queenscliff, a mere 5km from Point Lonsdale. Holiday makers with coastal holiday homes in Point Lonsdale may however, also be lucky enough to spot dolphins, seals and whales from their very own balcony.
Point Lonsdale Sights
Owing to Point Lonsdale’s colourful past, the township is home to some great historical tourist attractions, such as the Point Lonsdale lighthouse and Buckley’s cave, both of which can be reached on foot from most holiday accommodation in the region.
Erected in 1902, the Point Lonsdale lighthouse is one of only a handful of manned operational lighthouses remaining in Australia, and sustains a constant vigil over the notorious ‘Rip’ stretch of ocean situated just offshore. The structure is consequently a ‘must see’ for maritime history buffs, or those who are just interested in seeing something rare and different. Guided tours of the lighthouse grounds are offered every Sunday.
Buckley’s cave in comparison to Point Lonsdale lighthouse has nothing to do with maritime history and everything to do with Australia’s convict past. The cave, located at the foot of the Point Lonsdale lighthouse is said to have acted as a haven for the escaped convict William Buckley during the early 1800’s. Buckley was later taken in by the regions Murrangurk aboriginal tribe and miraculously survived his escape. Imaginative holiday makers can therefore explore the cave, whilst pondering what it may have been like to shelter there almost 200 years ago, before heading back to their much more comfortable holiday home!
Travellers, who would like to get out of Point Lonsdale and explore the surrounding region, are also spoilt for choice, as the township’s location makes it the perfect base for fantastic coastal daytrips. One of the most well known sights located only 180km from Point Lonsdale is ‘The 12 Apostles’.
‘The 12 apostles’ is comprised of eight large eye-catching limestone structures situated directly on the coast. The attraction was formerly made up of 12 separate structures, hence the name, however, the erosive ocean and weather conditions experienced in the area have slowly caused the structures to collapse. The remaining structures however, still make for a breathtaking attraction, and travellers visiting the area should defiantly remember to take their camera.
The ‘Ship wreck trail’ is another great day trip option for holiday makers with accommodation in Point Lonsdale. This predetermined path leads visitors along the Great Ocean Road, pinpointing some 53 different shipwrecks. The trail stretches roughly 400km to the east of Point Lonsdale, ending at Nelson, and 226km west of Point Lonsdale terminating at Port Campbell, meaning that holiday makers can explore the trail in either direction. A map of the trail can be found online, or at Victorian visitor information centres.
The Ideal Climate for Visitors
Point Lonsdale, like the rest of Victoria, commonly experiences extremely variable weather; in general however, the region provides warm summers and cold winters, with the bulk of rainfall occurring from April through to November. The majority of international visitors consequently choose to visit the area between December and May, although great holiday deals, activities and accommodation in Point Lonsdale are available year round.
Travelling to Point Lonsdale from the UK
Holiday makers travelling to Point Lonsdale must first fly to Victoria’s bustling capital city Melbourne. Flights to Melbourne can be found departing from Heathrow Airport, via airlines such as Qantas, Virgin, American Airlines and British Airways, often including various colourful stopover destinations. Once travellers reach Melbourne, they may choose to rent a car, or utilise convenient public transportation in order to cover the remaining 100km between themselves and their gorgeous coastal holiday home.