Point Lonsdale is a historic seaside town overlooking The Rip, a region of choppy coastal waters famed for its danger to passing ships. The settlement began in the 19th century around its resident lighthouse, which has played a vital role in guiding ships safely through the pass and onto Melbourne.
Before adventuring through the coastal landscapes, enjoy a hot coffee along Point Lonsdale's busy beachfront. Fish and chip outlets, surf schools and clothing stalls also feature along the promenade.
Head to the beach to relax on the sand or picnic on the adjacent lawns. The sheltered bay has ideal waters for swimming. Walk to the Rip View Lookout for views of the rocky coastal pass. Take a guided boat tour to learn about its curious rock formations and hear about its history.
For more views of the coast, take a leisurely stroll along the Point Lonsdale Pier. From the end of the pier, look back to the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, which contrasts majestically against the blue sky above. Access the tower via a network of walking trails following the coastline. This pier is also popular with fishermen looking to catch whiting and snapper.
See one of the region's earliest houses at Arilpa, a colonial cottage. Take a tour of “Wild White Man” William Buckley's cave. The 19th-century outlaw hid here from authorities before living with a local aboriginal tribe.
Just outside town, look out for migratory birds at Lake Victoria, a shallow saline lagoon. Tour Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park to learn about densely populated reef ecosystems.
Enjoy the sun set as you walk along a coastal track to pleasant Queenscliff. This neighbouring seaside village is famed for its Victorian-era cottages and world-class dining by the sea.
Point Lonsdale is located on the Bellarine Peninsula, 90-minutes’ drive south from Melbourne. Visit during the holiday season to see The Christmas Tree, a 100-year-old Norfolk pine that gets lit up with festive decorations.