Top things to do

Historic Site in Queenscliff

Fort Queenscliff

Queencliff's fort was first used as a coastal defence in 1882 to protect Melbourne from a feared Russian invasion. It remained a base until 1946, before being used as the Army Staff College until late 2012; today it…
Cafe in Queenscliff

Shelter Shed

Within a wonderful light-filled space with a glowing fire in winter, and an inviting garden courtyard for sunny days, this is a great choice for breakfast or lunch. It's popular for the Asian eggs on jasmine rice wi…
Pub in Queenscliff

Queenscliff Brewhouse

Prickly Moses have set up their second brewhouse here in Queenscliff, branching out from their Otways base. Their full range is showcased on tap, as well as a selection of guest brewers, best enjoyed in the beer gar…
International in Queenscliff

360 Q

Undoubtedly one of Queenscliff's best restaurants, 360 Q features wonderful views overlooking the picturesque marina. It does an original breakfast menu and some light lunch options such as a Vietnamese pork bánh mì…
Music in Queenscliff

Queenscliff Music Festival

One of the coast's best festivals features big-name Australian and international musos with a folksy, bluesy bent. Held late November.
Modern Australian in Queenscliff

Vue Grand Dining Room

The grande dame of Queenscliff dining, Vue Grand's stately dining room serves up fabulous dishes such as lamb back strap with saffron, fennel, pomegranate and whipped feta, backed up by a splendid wine and beer menu…
Modern Australian in Queenscliff

Athelstane House

Come for breakfast or dinner inside this lovely heritage home, or outside on the pretty garden deck. For dinner choose from a daily seasonal menu that may include chargrilled eye fillet or tempura battered fish. In …
Aquarium in Queenscliff

Marine & Freshwater Discovery Centre

While this education centre is primarily aimed at school children, it's still worth popping in to have a gawk at what local species live under the sea and in the lakes. Display tanks contain the highly deadly blue-r…
Tapas in Queenscliff

Circa 1902

On the main street, this historic hotel (no surprises, circa 1902...) offers everyday breakfast and lunches, but is most known for its tapas. It's a good spot to sample regional wines and beers too.
Museum in Queenscliff

Queenscliff Maritime Museum

Home to the last lifeboat to serve the Rip, this recommended museum has displays on the pilot boat process, shipwrecks, lighthouses and steamships. Don't miss the historic 1895 boat shed with its paintings that serv…