Battle of the Bay – Friendly wine rivalry at 360Q

Another good example of how restaurateur Barry Iddles has breathed new life into the cuisine on offer at picturesque Queenscliff (and supporting local producers) is his latest creation ‘Battle of the Bay Wine Degustation Dinner’. Iddles has invited two winemakers located on either side of the Port Phillip Bay to showcase their respective wines accompanied […]

The Little Mussel Cafe

Tracy Bold, owner operator of The Little Mussel Café in Portarlington, will never suffer from empty nest syndrome. When three of her children left home she decided to bottle and sell some of the mussels her husband Peter owner of Advance Mussel Supply farm gate produce had left over as she hates waste and loves […]

Bathing boxes for Queenscliff beach – what’s old is new again!

A foreshore plan by Borough of Queenscliffe Council to increase the level of activity on Queenscliff’s front beach could include beach boxes, extending Princes Park towards the beach, and promoting the use of seaweed on local gardens. Coordinator Gary Purton said the plan would include trialling the introduction of beach boxes, their construction and management. […]

Low Light in the Limelight

Friday 22nd June in the borough featured a range of events kicking off the inaugural ‘Low Light’ festival that will run over four consecutive weekends during the winter months of June and July. The festival is promoted as a ‘celebration for all the senses’ with international and local arts and culinary talents. The festival launched […]

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 […]