On it’s website, Queenscliff Marina is described as a ‘destination in itself, a dynamic retail precinct includes tourism, marine, leisure, fashion & giftware and hospitality businesses. Foodies are not forgotten. From fine dining to fish & chips, coffee, cake, icecream and the best local produce and seafood will be available in surroundings offering incomparable bay views.’ As well as being an important harbour, just inside the heads of Port Phillip Bay (the gateway to Melbourne), it’s the home of charter businesses for dolphin swims, diving and fishing.’
Queenscliff is also the home of the Queenscliff-Sorrento ferry, a car and passenger ferry that takes you from the Mornington Peninsula to the Bellarine Peninsula on the other side of Port Phillip Bay. There is so much to do on either side of the bay and the ferry ride is only 40 minutes compared to more than two hours drive through Melbourne and Geelong.
The tower is a lighthouse, the first built in 94 years. An interesting fact is it was constructed using a single concrete pour over three days.
Looking out to Bass Strait through the heads of Port Phillip Bay. Next destination south is Tasmania.
For my birthday in February, my friend Mel and I went to The Stokehouse in St Kilda for lunch. It’s a restaurant I’ve wanted to go to for a long time. It’s right on St Kilda beach giving magnificent views of Port Phillip Bay. It was a beautiful warm summers day which made the view perfect.
We arrived a little early and the somewhat snooty maitre ‘d told us we would have to wait outside so we went for a bit of a walk around. We passed a man who was just waking up who had fallen asleep under a tree beside the restaurant. We weren’t sure if he was homeless or just decided to have a sleep there.
When we re-entered the restaurant we were led upstairs to the restaurant and shown to a window table. I was hoping to sit near a window so I could enjoy the view. The waitress came over and explained what the specials were. I decided to order my entree and main meal from their main menu. I ate Seared Atlantic scallops, ruby grapefruit salad and a fennel puree. It was delicious. The scallops were cooked to perfection. Mel ordered Tuna carpaccio, tamarillos, yoghurt, caperberries, salmon roe.
For our main meals, I ate Crispy battered King George whiting fillets, hand cut chips, lemon and tartare sauce . Mel ate ocean trout with prawns and a tomato salad. Neither of us ate dessert. I could only just finish my fish. I left a lot of the hand cut chips because I told eat many chips and the waitress was worried I didn’t like them. They were very nice.
When it came to the wine list there were three choices in the Sparking Wine section of the list. The $25 glass of wine caught my eye but I thought I’d better not spend that much even though it was a nice wine (I can’t remember what it was). A few minutes later I thought “what the hell” and decided to order it. It was my birthday after all.