A-Z Challenge: Q for Queenscliff
I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so them I’ve chosen for 2016 is Towns in Victoria. I will be choosing towns with a relevance to my family history, where possible.
Q is for Queenscliff, a small coastal town on the Bellarine Peninsula, in southern Victoria, at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay.
Queenscliff was a popular seaside resort and fishing village in the 1880s when tourists would arrive after a two hour journey on a paddle steamer, Tourist numbers increased when the railway arrived, and soon after, luxury hotels and coffee houses were built to cater for them.
At this time the town was a very important point of military defence, given it’s easy accessibility to the important ports of Geelong and Melbourne.
The beachside resort experienced a downturn, as cars became popular. No longer were tourists dependant on the town as a transport hub. Over the next few decades Queenscliff was a sleepy seaside village with very little growth.
During the 1980s, the town began to boom again, but this time, as well as tourists, there was development of housing subdivisions, bringing permanent residents to the area.
Queenscliff today, thrives with a permanent population and is still a very popular tourist destination. Travellers and their cars, can take the ferry across the Bay to Sorrento, another popular tourist destination.
It is also known for it’s Victorian heritage with many 19th century buildings still standing.