Winter... a crispness to the air, bare trees line the streets, frost rims windscreens and that special light! It's a time of (chilly) beauty.
Queenscliff’s Low Light Festival takes this setting of the low/Winter season and celebrates the warmth and immersive comforts that can be found within it. For two-months, this boutique fringe festival takes to various venues of Queenscliff; galleries, cafes, bars and restaurants. Introducing a dazzling array of art exhibitions, film premieres & screenings, spoken word & literary readings, music performances and culinary experiences.
Guided by the principals of the Low Light Festival, we’ve got a stockpile of Winter experiences to be had whilst in Queenscliff.
A Sunday roast at 360Q
There is nothing quite like a hearty, comforting feed during the midst of Winter and 360Q deliver just that. Adored by locals and embraced by guests, 360Q is known not only for delectable dishes, but also its premier location on the waterfront at Queenscliff Harbour and the insurmountable views it offers. Every Sunday, at this magnificent location, the team at 360Q serves up a three-course feast of soup, roast main meal and dessert.
A whisky warmer at Queenscliff Brewhouse and Distillery
As George Bernard Shaw so perfectly stated ‘whisky is liquid sunshine’. Pop a little sunshine into your Winter at the Queenscliff Brewhouse and Distillery. Over 420 different types of whiskies, gins, vodkas and rums are housed within this historic, grand old hotel. They also have over 400 craft beers for your selection and a plethora of local wines for your sampling. The Brewhouse and Distillery offer a unique journey into the world of whisky with a ‘Whisky Flight’; a selection of whiskeys, different in style and source, enabling you to choose the whisky most suited to your palate.
A hot choccie at Belsize & Co
Hot chocolate is like a hug from the inside; the sweet liquid hits your lips and streams its way into your belly, warming you from the inside out. Belsize & Co’s reputation for hot choccies, strong coffees and artisan food is synonymous to the area. To sit within the cosy confines of the café and sip on your cup of deliciousness is a genuine Winter delight.
A long soak in a warm bath at Lon Retreat and Spa
Relax, soak and unwind at Lon Spa; a three-roomed indulgent spa that is part of the decadent Lon Retreat. The treatment rooms feature mineral fed soaking tubs, steam rooms and views that will melt away the bluest of winter blues. There is also a mineral sourced heated pool and private gardens. The mineral water is sourced from underneath the sand dunes and is fed through to the pool, spa treatment rooms and premium suites, the properties of which are said to be health restoring. A blissful soak awaits at Lon Retreat and Spa.
A cruise with spectacular Winter wildlife at Sea All Dolphin Swims
The sky at sunset during winter is magnificent to view, add dolphins leaping, seals playing and birds flocking to this and you have yourself a twilight tour with the great folk at Sea All Dolphin Swims. Southern Port Phillip Bay in winter is an incredible place. Fewer vessels on the water mean that the marine life’s interest peaks and interactions are aplenty. Australian Fur Seals, Burrunan Dolphins, Humpback Whales, Southern Right Whales, Little Penguins, Australasian Gannets, White Faced Storm Petrel and plenty more wildlife are commonly sighted on these tours. And not forgetting the winter scenery and glistening glassiness of the Bay.
A warm bed at Circa 1902
Is there anything quite comparable to snuggling under the doona on a cold Winter’s night? Circa 1902’s rooms are stocked with not only warm duvets and fluffy pillows but also with that old-character charm Queenscliff is renowned for. The accommodation at Circa 1902, while gloriously restored, has still taken the time and precision to ensure an erstwhile atmosphere exudes from each of their rooms. Enjoy a warm night in at Circa 1902.
The Low Light Festival embraces the striking freshness of Winter and asks you to come and see the town in this different light. Come for the Low Light Festival, stay for the Winter comforts.