Queenscliffe Maritime Museum

Bellarine Peninsula

Home to the last lifeboat to serve the Rip (the treacherous stretch of water linking Port Phillip Bay to Bass Strait) , this recommended museum has displays on the intriguing current-day pilot-boat process, shipwrecks, lighthouses and steamships. Head out the back to see the heritage-listed 1895 boat shed, with paintings that served as a record of passing ships in the bay.

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Nearby Bellarine Peninsula attractions

1. Observation Tower

0.24 MILES

Check out incredible 360-degree views from this tower at Queenscliff's harbour.

2. Salt Contemporary Art

0.31 MILES

Within a heritage building on the main street, this quality gallery focuses on the work of contemporary Australian artists, including pieces by Indigenous…

3. Queenscliff Historical Museum

0.38 MILES

This small museum on the main strip is dedicated to the area's rich local history. Exhibits change every few months, but its catalogued historical…

4. Queenscliff Gallery

0.46 MILES

A lovely space inside a historic stone church (c 1868), this worthwhile gallery exhibits works by contemporary Australian artists who work on paper…

5. Seaview Gallery


Pop by this lovely main-street gallery to see works by established and emerging Australian artists.

6. Fort Queenscliff

0.68 MILES

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, and was…

7. Marine & Freshwater Discovery Centre

1.66 MILES

While this education centre is aimed at schoolchildren, it's worth popping in to have a gawk at the local species that live in the sea and lakes. Display…

8. Fort Nepean

2.71 MILES

Established in the late 1870s, Fort Nepean played an important role in Australia's military defence. Located at the far western tip of the national park,…