Point Lonsdale is situated on a rocky outcrop at the south-eastern end of the Bellarine Peninsula, on one side of The Rip, where the calm waters of Port Phillip meet the choppy seas of Bass Strait at this entrance point. On the other side of the bay entrance is Point Nepean on the Mornington Peninsula.
The town’s commercial centre is situated near the southern end of Point Lonsdale Road, overlooking a grassy foreshore which extends down to the front beach. A walking and cycle track extends all the way along the foreshore from Point Lonsdale to historic Queenscliff, a few kilometres further along the coast.
In order to enjoy your stay at Eddington Cottage, Point Lonsdale – you may wish to enjoy many of the tourist, community and spiritual activities on offer in the region.
Nearby (approximately 20 minutes by car) you have the added bonus of Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads.
Going further afield, you will find Torquay and the commencement of the iconic Great Ocean Road.
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Queenscliff Golf Club is located on Swan Island – an island built up by drifting sand. The beauty of the course is never lost on golfers, and it changes with the seasons and the time of day. Entry to the island is from Bridge Street, through the Defence checkpoint and over the bridge. Green Fee players and social clubs are most welcome and memberships are available (no joining fee).
Lonsdale Golf Club is a highly regarded 18-hole sand belt course with a varied layout situated on beautiful Lake Victoria and conveniently located to Point Lonsdale on the Bellarine Peninsula. The club offers an on-course teaching professional, well-stocked pro shop and three practice areas.
Walks and lookouts
- Take a Classic Heritage Walk to learn about Queenscliff’s fascinating history, and finish with afternoon tea in one of our grand old buildings
- Visit Fishermen’s Flats and discover the area settled in the 1840s by local fishing families
- Wander around Swan Bay – home to over 200 species of migratory wading birds
- Tour Fort Queenscliff and uncover our military past
- Discover more of our distinctive past with a visit to the Queenscliff Cemetery.
Observatories and lookouts
- Brave the heights and enjoy the spectacular 360-degree views of Port Phillip Bay, The Rip, Swan Island and the Bellarine Peninsula from the Observational Tower at the Queenscliff Harbour
- Take in the amazing views from Fort Queenscliff
- Grab some takeaway and watch the passing parade of ships from Shortlands Bluff, at the Ocean View Car Park
- Look back at Queenscliff and the coastline from the Point Lonsdale Pier
- Observe ships and pilot boats entering and leaving Port Phillip Bay from the Rip View Lookout
- Enjoy panoramic views over Bass Strait from the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse.
Popular fishing spots
- The Cut at Queenscliff Harbour
- Queenscliff Pier and Point Lonsdale Pier
- Rock fishing off Point Lonsdale
- Beach fishing at Point Lonsdale back beach
- Swan Bay
- Bass Strait for game fishing (fishing charters available from Queenscliff Harbour).
A well-graded 6 km track links Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale, taking in highlights such as Swan Bay; the distinctive Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre, with its unique grass covered roof; the shoreline of Port Phillip Bay, with views across the Heads to Point Nepean; and the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse. If you feel like making a day of it, safe bike paths extend beyond the borders of the Borough to rolling hills of the Bellarine Peninsula. The Bellarine Rail Trail links Queenscliff with Geelong, taking you through farmlands and nearby wineries.
Top tips for cycling around Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale
- Ride the 6 km from Queenscliff to Point Lonsdale via the paths and promenade, and enjoy a coffee at the other end
- Explore the Bellarine Rail Trail. The 34 km ride takes you via the old railway line into Geelong
- For a more relaxed experience, put the bike on the Bellarine Train to Drysdale and return via the Bellarine Rail Trail and a comfortable 17 km ride, mostly downhill!
- Take your bike across to Sorrento on the ferry and explore Point Nepean.
You can hire a bike from BIG4 Beacon Resort 78 Bellarine highway Queenscliff 03 5258 1133.
- ChurchesAlong with physical refreshment during your stay at Eddington Cottage – there maybe an opportunity to visit one of the local churches for spiritual refreshment.
- Tourist ActivitiesIf you are looking for something just a few minutes walk away or a few hours drive – there are a number of tourist attractions and activities in the region.
- Kid’s ActivitiesPoint Lonsdale and the surrounding area has a large number of family friendly activities.
- Dining OutReserve a table to enjoy for the best dining that the Bellarine Peninsula has to offer.
- WineriesTreat your palate to beautiful cool-climate wines from the Bellarine Peninsula.
- What’s OnThroughout the Bellarine Peninsula and the City of Geelong there are numerous events and experiences to enjoy all year long.