The historic seaside village of Queenscliff on Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula has wonderful Victorian-era architecture, lighthouses, a huge military fort and modest fishermen's cottages. They collectively represent its colourful past.
Queenscliff began as a fishing village and in the late-1800s became a fashionable holiday destination for Melbourne's elite who chose to travel down the bay aboard paddle steamers.
The region's farming and maritime heritage remain strong fresh seafood straight from the boat can be purchased, and berry farms provide delicious fruits. Sunday markets provide the best home-grown and homemade produce, handcrafts, clothing and gourmet delights.
For the past 12 or so years, Queenscliff has been the venue for the annual music festival. It offers an eclectic mix of mainly Australian artists, but does feature special international guests. It all started as a means of encouraging tourism and now visitors and tourists go back to the family-friendly event each year.
Held in the last weekend of November, the friendly festival is extremely popular because of its depth and diversity of musical talent. Its location certainly goes towards making it the prefect venue, with sweeping views of Swan Bay.
Two colourful circus marquees are the primary stages, and the Bellarine historic steam train provides a venue with a difference.
The town hall is used as an elegant, seated venue and Stoked on Hesse is another small seated venue. Music lovers drift along the town's main street, Hesse Street, to enjoy eateries, galleries and food stalls which operate all weekend.
The Foot-in-the-Door competition features high-quality musicians in a venue dedicated to emerging talent. Unsigned roots, acoustic and jazz artists are featured, with emphasis on the depth of local talent.
The Wharf Street stage adds to the atmosphere with free, open-air music.
It's all about good music, food and wine but children haven't been forgotten! Kids Klub is sure to captivate and inspire them.
90 minutes south of Melbourne.
The 2008 Queenscliff Music Festival will be held from November 28 to 30, 2008. Limited early-bird weekend tickets are available for $135 per person.
Virgin Blue has flights to Melbourne.
One-war fares from:
- Adelaide $89
- Sydney $109
- Brisbane $149
- Darwin $169
- Perth $229
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at May 22, 2008 and are subject to change.
Prices correct at May 22, 2008.
For further information
Queenscliff Music Festival
PO Box 148
Ph: (03) 5258 4816
Fax: (03) 5258 4851
Check out Clare Bowditch, one of the many artists performing at the festival.
Ph: 136 789
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