Mushies from the grounds up

Some of the childhood delights of growing up in the 1950s and 60s were the regular visits during late autumn to the country properties of relatives. It was mushroom season. Hunting for field mushrooms and the sibling rivalry to see who could claim the prize for the biggest and best mushroom ensured there was great […]

Honouring one of our heroic ancestors

One hundred years ago on the 25th of April 1918 Australian soldiers fought bravely to recapture the French town of Villers-Bretonneux in the Somme. This battle was strategically significant contributing to events that led to the end of the First World War. Maggie Stowers in her address at the Anzac Day Dawn Service held in […]

Friendship and Cafes

In one of our lovely local cafes I overheard two elderly men discussing their friendship. They have been meeting each Tuesday morning for years. They enjoy coffee and cake, chat for an hour and then go their separate ways until the following Tuesday.  This encounter made me think of others I have noticed who meet […]

Queenscliffe Literary Festival Keynote Speakers – John Bell & Robert Dessaix

What a piece of work is a man! The modern interpretation of this quote from William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ could relate to Shakespeare. ‘What a perfect invention a human is, how noble in his capacity to reason, how unlimited in thinking, how admirable in his shape and movement, how angelic in action, how godlike in understanding!’ […]

Whitehall hosts Boxwood Workshops

Boxwood returned to Queenscliff late in February for a long weekend of immersion in traditional music. Around 40 musicians from all over Australia stayed at historic Whitehall Guesthouse where they had lessons with Boxwood’s Chris Norman from Canada, James Kelly from Ireland and Rennie Pearson from New Zealand. Chris Norman is founder and director of […]

The sky’s the limit for new Port Phillip sea pilot service

To ensure the safety of a ships passage within the port waters of Victoria, licensed pilots are employed by pilotage services providers to guide ships into and out of port waters. The new kid on the block is the Australian Pilotage Group (APG) who recently guided its first ship into the Port of Melbourne. Marine […]

The Q Train – a true complement to The Bellarine Taste Trail

The Q Train has only been operating for 4 short months and already is the talk of the town. And not just our town as evidenced by the number of bookings from across the Bellarine, Geelong, Ballarat and Melbourne. Seems the Dinner Train Service operating on The Bellarine Railway just 15 minutes from Geelong is […]

GPAC launches its 2018 theatre season

Oh what a night it was! Geelong’s theatre enthusiasts gathered at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre eager to find out what is in store for the 2018 theatre season, and they were not disappointed. A generous nine shows will grace the Playhouse and Drama theatre stages bringing laughter, tears, and every emotion in between. First […]

Queenscliff – a sense of place

‘My heart pounded as I noted the empty beds and the partially opened tent flap. The girls were gone.’ My two daughters disappeared from the Queenscliff caravan park just after sunrise in January, 1985. I didn’t hear them leave their bunks. Nor did I hear the annexe unzip just enough to release the girls out […]

The Tall Ship ‘Tenacious’ sailed around Port Phillip Bay

The Tall Ship ‘Tenacious’ a three masted Barque, sailed around Port Phillip Bay last month, completing a voyage that proved memorable for those on board. The ship is one of two operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust and along with the ‘Lord Nelson’ is fitted out to accommodate people with various disabilities including lifts for […]