This is just the best coastal real estate and the views across the Port Phillip Heads to the Mornington Peninsula are glorious. In fact, the worse the weather is, the more spectacular is the sight, especially if you get to see the huge ships that come through here on their way to Melbourne or Geelong. Maybe not so dramatic, but just as beautiful are the views across the tranquil Swan Bay, as you follow the Bellarine Steam Rail line into Queenscliff.
The main traffic hazards on this ride are the families crossing the path to the beach at Point Lonsdale. There is on-road crossing but there are pedestrian lights.
The ride is along concrete and compact gravel shared pathways. There are a few small hills coming into Queenscliff with a rail crossing.
From Geelong take the Bellarine Highway and turn right at the roundabout coming into Queenscliff on to the Point Lonsdale Road. The ride starts at the car park opposite the shops where the playground and toilets are situated. VicRoads Map: 532 F7.
Food and Drink
Both Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff have abundant cafes, restaurants, and accommodation.
The ride commences on the Point Lonsdale foreshore opposite the shops. Head down the ramp onto the promenade taking in the beach scene, the shipping activity and the views down Port Philip Bay. You are not very far from the Port Phillip Heads, which are back along the coast to the right. The Mornington Peninsula seems like just a stone’s throw away. You can take your bike on the ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento and back again every daylight hour. The path is broad with plenty of room for bikes and pedestrians with only the threat of sea spray when the sea is rough.
Having skirted Lonsdale Bay, the path to Queenscliff leaves the beach path, heads up the sand dune, through a car park onto the footpath following the highway to the pedestrian crossing. After crossing over, you join the Bellarine Rail Trail which goes all the way back to Geelong. The path follows the highway for a short distance until you reach the Queenscliff Marine Discovery Centre with its eco-savvy grassed roof. Well worth a visit to see what exists under the sea. The path then leaves the highway, following the tourist railway line hugging Swan Bay.
Swan Bay is a real contrast to the ocean with its shallow protected expanse of water that is home to a variety of birdlife. There is also nothing like a sunset over Swan Bay and doing the return ride in the late afternoon will reward you with some beautiful reflections. As you enter the township the path climbs and rolls along. It crosses the Bellarine Steam Rail and finishes at the end of the line at the old station. There are regular train rides to Drysdale and the occasional jazz train with live music.
From here you can ride ahead to the busy wharf area and around to the jetty or head right, past the station and up to the town to enjoy some refreshments. The bridge at the wharf area leads to restricted Commonwealth property and just about the only legitimate way to get past the guardhouse is to go and have a game of golf over there!
In case you fancy explore more, the path to Queenscliff also continues on in the other direction for about half a kilometer to the lighthouse and jetty, which are both well worth a visit. The track also connects with the Bellarine Rail Trail after it crosses the Bellarine Highway.
- The ride starts from the car park at the playground, opposite the shops near toilets. You might need to find a park further back as it gets pretty congested around the shops. Follow the path with care down the incline onto the beach promenade.
- 1.2 You pass through the car park at the end of Lawrence Rd continuing along the coastal path.
- 2.3 Here the path splits and you follow the left fork as it veers uphill. Follow this over the dune and through the car park.
- 2.5 Once through the car park turn right on the shared footpath on the Bellarine Hwy to the pedestrian crossing. Cross over and follow the path to the left.
- 3.1 Here you will come to the entrance of the Marine Discovery Centre beside Swan Bay and the railway line that you will now follow into Queenscliff.
- 4.8 The path descends down a short, but steep hill to cross the railway line through some barriers.
- 5.5 The path comes to a halt past the railway station. Go straight ahead to explore the harbor or right to explore the food and shopping. If the train is running you could take a detour to Drysdale and ride back.
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