Hesse Street forms the main thoroughfare of of this historic town. The street is lined with heritage-listed buildings that have been lovingly and tastefully converted into hotels, restaurants, boutiques, cafes and art galleries. These charismatic 19th century feels continue to spill out into the surrounding streets of this historic town. The roads stretching down to the marina and winding their way around the town are strewn with meticulously restored fishermen’s cottages and magnificently maintained manors.
Forming the backdrop to these captivating dwellings, shops and lodgings is the scenic seaside setting. Being surrounded by three sides of water means that town’s natural environment rapidly transforms from rugged cliffs to family-friendly sandy beaches. Sitting perched atop a rocky outcrop is the distinct and impressive Fort Queenscliff; a fully restored military fortress steeped in 150 years of Australian history and open for the general public to explore. One of the two Lighthouses also stands in the grounds of the Fort, upon Shortland Bluff.
The spectacular vantage point of Shortland Bluff allows you to take in the further surrounds. The modern marina/harbour – not only the berthing place to many a docking boat, fishing charters and tours but also retail shops, cafés, restaurants, ferry service (to Sorrento) and navigation tower with observation deck; the Queenscliff Pier and iconic Lifeboat Shed – consistently scattered with keen fisher-people casting their lines off the planks; The lush lawns of Princess Park – home to the epic Music Festival where local, national and international artists grace the multitude of stages over three jam-packed days and nights.
Queenscliff is an experience like no other. A place where you can immerse yourself in the charm of days gone by, be wowed by a magnificent shifting seaside environment and revel in the modern-day happenings of music festivals, art exhibitions and delectable dining experiences.