With the Queenscliff Music Festival nearly upon us, the excitement is mounting. The epic annual festival sees the sonic stylings of everyone from international exclusives, to local legends hit town for a long weekend of good vibes, great tunes and coastal comforts. So while you're planning your party outfit for the festival, here's a handful of optional extras to expand on your trip, come for QMF, stay for the...
Queenscliff sits on the bountiful Bellarine Peninsula; a region famed for its fresh produce and seafood. Farmgate producers, provedores, breweries, wineries and award-winning restaurants are everywhere.
Trip Advisor's #1 restaurant in Queenscliff, 360Q stands proudly on the waterfront - the iconic two-storey dining venue taking pride of place on Queenscliff Harbour. Renowned chef and now 360Q proprietor, Barry Iddles, has ‘always been in love with Queenscliff, the area and the local produce’. 360Q delivers in two distinct manners; through the extensive array of fresh local produce gathered and prepared daily AND through the unsurpassed views (360 degrees, believe it or not) of the Marina, the city of Melbourne, Port Phillip Heads and the town of Queenscliff itself.
Originally the Golden Fleece Roadhouse, Piknik is now a creatively converted, fully licensed café restaurant and pantry. Fittingly filled with rustic wooden tables, the shelves are stocked with home-made delicious jams and preserves (a tribute to their origins, selling their wares at local markets). The menu is forever changing too, ensuring a seasonal smorgasbord all year round.
The Queenscliff Brewhouse is many things - a whisky bar, a bistro, a tasting room and a microbrewery, four distinct taste experiences all housed within the one venue. The Whisky Bar features over 200 different types of whisky (plus a healthy stock of gins and rums for your tasting pleasure). The Bistro’s menu changes regularly as the produce is sourced fresh from the local farmers and producers. “Tastes of the Region” is the Brewhouses regional tasting room, with a focus on showcasing wines, craft beers, ciders and artisanal food products from the Bellarine, Moorabool and Otway regions. Then there's the microbrewery, not only the home of the Brewhouses craft tap beers but also an opportunity for you to experience, learn and revel in the brewing process.
With salt in your hair and sand in your toes, kick back and relax in the cool coastal town of Queenscliff, prolong the sensation and stay for an indulgent pamper session.
Located at Beacon Resort, Mud Day Spa lopens it's doors to welcome guests and the public. Offering four private relaxation suites, including a couples room, Mud Day Spa has an extensive menu of treatments; massage (deep tissue, remedial, relaxation and pregnancy), facials (and treatments like microdermabrasion and laser pigmentation removal), pedicures, manicures, waxing, lashes, makeup, tanning and much more. Mud Day Spa also embraces traditional Aboriginal healing techniques with the three-hour LI-TYA Ocean Dreaming Sensory Spa Journey.
Located at the Marina, the Queenscliff Day Spa overlooks the exquisite Queenscliff harbour. With treatments ranging between 1.5 hours to 5.5 hours, the Queenscliff Day Spa is a special way to fill your day (in a very positive way). There are spa and body packages, spa and body therapies (scrubs, wraps, massage), facial treatments, hand and foot treatments and supplemental treatments .
Don’t hit the road and travel the long way home, beat the traffic by staying the night. Queenscliff is well-known for it’s historical buildings and relaxed walks, rewarding exploration for overnighters.
Built in 1860, Athelstane House is Queenscliff’s oldest operating guesthouse. In the late 1990s the ‘hotel by the sea’ underwent a complete interior renovation to add modern-day luxuries while retaining the magnificent historic exterior. There are ten rooms within Athelstane, each with their own ensuite and each with their own charm. The guesthouse also features six different indoor/outdoor sitting areas, a restaurant and fully licensed bar.
Lon Stay is a magnificent retreat, only recently opened on a family farm that has been a part of Point Lonsdale since the 19th Century. There are seven luxury suites spread throughout the grounds, with each suite enjoying its own unique identity and design. A getaway at Lon Stay (because that is exactly what it is, an engaging, indulgent getaway) allows you access to the mineral pool plus an artisanal breakfast hamper supplied by the very taste-tantalising Annie’s Kitchen.
As a festival host, Queenscliff has it all. So once you're done dancing, stay, eat and indulge in the further possibilities of Queenscliff.