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Sea, sand and sail are the key to Queenscliff’s history. Visit Queenscliffe Maritime Museum to discover the treasures of its rich maritime heritage, shaped by its proximity to the entrance of Port Phillip and its notorious ‘rip’.

From sea pilots to sailors, fishermen to boat builders, light keepers or ferry captains, the sea has created a world full of stories of boats and maritime industry.

Highlighted is the lifeboat 'Queenscliffe' which operated for fifty years rescuing people and ships. Manned by the light keepers and volunteers, including many fishermen, this was the last of the lifeboat service which operated for 120 years.

Shipwrecks are numerous in the area, so discover their stories and artefacts amongst the exhibitions. See the old diving equipment, and try the diving bell helmet for yourself.

Lighthouses have been beacons along the coast, despite changing technologies. As well as an extensive display of equipment, visits can be booked for Point Lonsdale Light station on Sundays between 9:30am until 1:00pm for the general public.

With Queenscliff’s unique couta boats, its brave fishermen and a maritime history stretching back into the early days of Victoria as a colony, there is much more to discover on a visit.

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Type Entry cost
$7.00 - $8.00

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  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Public toilet
  • Shop
Opening hours:
  • Daily
    10:30am - 4:30pm
  • Museums Australia
  • Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation

  • Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance
  • Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times
  • Suitable for guests with high support needs who uses a hoist and always travel with a carer
  • Suitable for guests with a hearing impairment, from mild hearing loss to profoundly deaf