The Queenscliffe Literary Festival will take place across a variety of venues in Queenscliff and the neighbouring town of Point Lonsdale.
Venues will vary from the Town Hall to grand hotels and the board rider’s club, enabling guests to savour the best that both towns have to offer, while attending great literary events.
The Borough of Queenscliffe is located approximately 105 km south-west of Melbourne and 35km east of Geelong and sits at the eastern tip of the Bellarine Peninsula, opposite Point Nepean at Port Phillip Heads, in Victoria, Australia.
The ferry service from Sorrento to Queenscliff makes it an easy trip for those in the south or eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Queenscliff is approximately 50-minutes driving time from Avalon Airport and 1.5 hours from Tullamarine Airport.
Anyone visiting the area is spoilt for choice, with an endless list of attractions, from wineries, historical walks, fishing, golf, galleries, bookshops, boutique shopping and plenty of restaurants and cafes.
ABOUT THE TOWNS
Queenscliff is a picture perfect historical town nestled on the tip of the Bellarine Peninsula and is surrounded by water on three sides: Port Phillip Bay, Swan Bay and Bass Strait.
Before the town became a popular coastal holiday location and before the Europeans first set foot to this seaside town, the Wathaurong People; a tribe from the Kulin Nation was already living there. The first European to live in the area was William Buckley, an escaped convict who befriended local aboriginals, and lived in the area for over 32 years from 1802 to 1835; he later lived in a cave at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse.
During both world wars, Queenscliff became a strategic defence post given its proximity to the entrance of Port Phillip that provides shipping access to the cities of Geelong and Melbourne. Visitors can hear more about Queenscliff’s defence and maritime history at Fort Queenscliff. Further insights can also be discovered at the Queenscliffe Historical Museum in Hesse Street and the Maritime Museum on Weeroona Parade.
For a town so rich in history, there is also a vibrant cultural scene, with a range of art galleries, award-winning restaurants, and a modern harbour precinct providing unique dining and shopping with breathtaking views.
Point Lonsdale is the entrance point to one of the world’s most treacherous shipping passages. It is on one side of The Rip, where the calm waters of Port Phillip meet the choppy seas of Bass Strait. Given the risky passage, The Rip has claimed many ships and lives and there were many shipwrecks in the nineteenth century.
The Rip lookout offers panoramic views across The Rip and towards Point Nepean on the Mornington Peninsula. Watch passing ships from the many vantage points offered along the coastline. The Point Lonsdale Back Beach consists of sandy stretches of surf beach with access tracks to the beach going over tall sand dunes with several designated lookouts offering views along the coast. Just north of the lighthouse is the Point Lonsdale Pier, a popular spot for fishing and a good vantage point for taking in views of the lighthouse and surrounding coastline.
The lighthouse, which was built in 1902, is a major landmark in the town and is situated at the tip of Point Lonsdale. A walking track circles from the lighthouse, down to the beach below and connects to the shopping village on Point Lonsdale Road, which overlooks the Point Lonsdale front beach and boasts a number of cafes and boutique shops.
Festival Venues: (alphabetically)
Basil’s Farm – 43-53 Nye Rd. Swan Bay
Point Lonsdale Boardrider’s Club – base of Point Lonsdale Lighthouse
Point Lonsdale Bowling Club – Point Lonsdale Rd. corner Admans St. Point Lonsdale
Queenscliffe Maritime Museum – Wharf St. Queenscliff
Queenscliffe Library -55 Hesse St. Queenscliff
Queenscliffe Neighborhood House – 3 Tobin Drive. Queenscliff
Queenscliff Uniting Church – 85 Hesse St. Queenscliff
Queenscliff Town Hall – 50 Learmonth St. Queenscliff
Salt Contemporary Art – 33-35 Hesse St. Queenscliff
360Q – Queenscliff Harbour
Tussock Gallery Upstairs – above Pasquini’s Cafe
89 Point Lonsdale Rd. Point Lonsdale
Vue Grand Hotel – 46 Hesse St. Queenscliff