Point Lonsdale Back Beach
The main ocean beach is known as the Surf or Back Beach and is the site of Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club. Great for exploring the lighthouse and the rockpools at low tide.
Point Lonsdale Front Beach
The front beach is perfect for cutting laps on low tide and best for surfing during high tide. Teach your kids to surf the waves off the back of the groin.
Queenscliff beach fronts the town of the same name. It is 800m long, faces south-east and is backed by a larger foreshore reserve with numerous facilities.
“Basils Farm is a little bit different to your average winery,” says general manager Kim Dema. Between the cellar door, the café, the organic gardens, the sun-drenched lawns and the fine views over Swan Bay, it’s a captivating place to spend an afternoon.
A producer of premium cool maritime climate wines, Scotchmans Hill has been a leading local winery for over thirty years and is rated among James Halliday’s Top 100 Australian. The gorgeous new cellar door is an old French Provincial Farmhouse that is situated among the vineyards on the estate.
One Day Estate
One of, if not the most unique and most highly regarded in the region, it boasts a picturesque country atmosphere and a rustic, handcrafted establishment. The materials were all sourced from landmark local buildings and structures, all more than a century old.
“Our kitchen produces absolutely everything from scratch, paying respect to classic French methods and traditional rustic fare. We love our huge vegetable beds right at the back door of the kitchen and the loads of seasonal goodies that they provide.”
Housed in a former service station, PikNik gives new meaning to refuelling. The vibe is warm and the fare mouth-watering (bruschetta of bacon, blue cheese and balsamic prunes anyone?). It’s licensed, so you can drink local wines while you dine. How many servos can offer that?
The Little Mussel Café
Tracy and Peter Bold’s open-air eatery, The Little Mussel Café may not have the polish of a fine-diner, but it still makes a compelling foodie stop. “We are the only place (on the peninsula) where you can buy direct from the farmer,” says Tracy. “You just can’t get mussels any fresher.”
Situated on the Bellarine Peninsula and only walking distance from the Searoad ferries, the Queenscliff Brewhouse is a craft beer haven with over 400 craft beers to try.
Grow has been serving delicious, healthy, thoughtful food for the past 13 years. Karen Hermann, ex naturopath, shares her love of fresh ingredients and home style cooking. So close to Bombora house you can almost smell the coffee being roasted.
The Scandinavian Ice Cream Company
The local favourite for more than 30 years, with outposts in Queenscliff and Barwon Heads, it’s easy to get your fix. Honeycomb is the most popular in Queenscliff, while peppermint is the standout in Barwon Heads.
Barwon Heads is a popular seaside community, 16 km from Point Lonsdale. It offers a diverse variety of coastal attractions from the shallow and sandy shoreline of the Barwon River to the windswept surf beaches. A network of surrounding walking tracks provide views over the town centre, along the Barwon River and in all directions across Bass Strait.
The seaside resort of Queenscliff is located just 3.5kms from Point Lonsdale. Queenscliff is surrounded on three sides by water, giving the town large stretches of coastline, consisting of a combination of sandy beaches, rocky outcrops, cliffs and historic piers.
The bustling commercial and holiday centre of Ocean Grove is situated on the southern coast of the Bellarine Peninsula. Coastal attractions include the surf beaches which front Bass Strait and several walking tracks that offer good views along the beach.
POINT LONSDALE MARKET
The market features local produce from locally made jams to spuds straight from the farmer’s cart and plenty homemade clothes and artworks up for great prices. From 9am-2pm every second Sunday of the month and on Easter Saturday at Point Londsdale Primary School.
PORTARLINGTON SUNDAY MARKET
A monthly market held on the last Sunday of each month, with a broad range of stalls, food and entertainment for the whole family. From 9am-1pm the last Sunday of each month at Harding Park Reserve, Necombe Street, Portarlington.
QUEENSCLIFF COMMUNITY MARKET
This boutique market is the ideal place to come and meet your friends while wandering through a wonderful range of fresh produce, hand crafts, plants and great coffee. From 9am-2pm the last Sunday of each month (excluding June, July and August) at Lower Princess Park.