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100 Best Towns In Australia #29 Queenscliff, VIC

WRITTEN BY ADMIN • MARCH 25, 2009

  • One hour south of Melbourne, past Geelong and onto the squat Bellarine Peninsula to face off across the treacherous Bass Strait Rip towards Portsea, Sorrento and Point Nepean, lies delicate, elegant Queenscliff.

    With grand Victorian-era buildings lining its main street and century-old jetties prickling its main harbour, the town is a fading snapshot of the past. Historic Fort Queenscliff guards the coast, originally built during the 19th Century gold rush to protect laden ships from privateers. From inside the Fort, one of only three black lighthouses in the world watches ships crossing Port Phillip Bay. The Fort shot its last gun in WWII and now houses an outstanding war memorabilia collection.

    Surrounded by water on three sides, Queenscliff has stunning coastline views and plenty of delicious restaurants serving the daily catch. A well maintained rail line sees locomotives (including the famous Blues Train) puffing cheery smoke between Geelong and Queenscliff, and on the last weekend in November a Festival train makes it’s way through Swan Bay with music acts in every carriage for the Queenscliff Music Festival. Fans flock to the popular fishing town for three days to hear international and local acts play with the backdrop of classic architecture and striking scenery.

    Where? // On the Bellarine Peninsula 106km (1hr) southwest of Melbourne.

    Did you know? // The first shot to be fired by Allied Forces in WWI came from Fort Nepean (at fleeing German freighter, the Pfalz), with the order originating from Fort Queenscliff. Less than 30 years later, the same gun was used to fire Australia’s first shots in WWII (at the freighter Woniora, for failing to identify herself).

     

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    100 Things To Do You’ve Never Heard Of #071 Boogie-woogie on rails

    WRITTEN BY ADMIN • MARCH 27, 2007

    When it comes to listening to the blues, can you think of a more perfect vessel than a vintage steam train, clickety-clacking its way across the countryside?

    The Blues Train, departing from the Victorian coastal town of Queenscliff and making its way through the Bellarine Peninsula is totally unique. Combined with four top-of-the-line blues acts and enough food and wine to run a small music festival, you’ll dance, eat and drink your way past the foreshores of Swan Bay, up into the hills of historic Drysdale, swapping carriages at every stop to listen to another band’s music, before looping back into Queenscliff at journey’s end.

    Lunchtime journeys run from noon till 4:30pm, with the dinner train departing at 7pm and returning at 11:30pm (although the bar opens at 6:30pm). Be sure to take your turn in the carriage with seating running along the walls – it’s the best place to hop up for a little post-dinner boogie!

     

    WHERE // Departs Queenscliff, 75min from Melbourne CBD. More info at www.thebluestrain.com.au. Costs vary with group size, but about $72 per person for 20-48 people.

    DID YOU KNOW? // The Blues Train is looked after by the Bellarine Peninsula Railway, a committed group of volunteers who are always keen for a helping hand.

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