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“Good day with the family”

Queenscliffe Maritime Museum
Ranked #14 of 31 things to do in Queenscliff
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Owner description: Discover the fascinating maritime heritage of Queenscliffe with a visit to this regional maritime museum, perched near the entrance to Port Phillip and its notorious 'Rip'. From the arrival of the early sailing ships more than 200 years ago, this picturesque coastal town has been shaped by boating activities and the maritime industries which have developed. From shipwrecks to heroic rescues, early fishermen and boat builders, light keepers and their technologies, sea pilots and divers, there are plenty of stories to discover. The last of the Queenscliff Lifeboats is the centrepiece of the museum. Even today, the museum sits adjacent to Queenscliff Harbour with its boating marina, and within walking distance of the Searoad Ferries. Guided museum group tours, and Point Lonsdale Lighthouse tours (conditions apply), are available by prior arrangement. Nautical gift shop available.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Geelong, Australia
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good day with the family”
Reviewed March 13, 2014

Was a good day out but not overly exciting for older kids. Maybe some attractions during the school holidays to get the kids more interested would be good. Still enjoyed our day there but not going back in a hurry.

Visited January 2014
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Seafaring history”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

Its been there for years, and I've never visited the [place, despite my yachting interest and activities. But if you have an hour or two with nothing to do in Queenscliff, the Maritime Museum is definitely worth a visit. It's located adjoining the Queenscliff (Sometimes spelt Queenscliffe)harbour and ferry terminal.

Inside there are various displays illustrating the history of the lifeboat rescue craft, and an actual lifeboat. It also has displays illustrating the work of the pilots who regularly go out to guide ships into and out of Port Phillip Bay. Just inside the entrance is a scale model of The Rip, the geographically and hydrologically fascinating (and often dangerous) entrance to Port Philip Bay. There are all sorts of other collections related to the sea, including an early fisherman's cottage.

Really worth a visit.

Visited January 2014
3 Thank Toffee4
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285 reviews
138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
“Terrific for the eco conscious, kids and grown ups alike”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

We spent a good hour or so checking out the great exhibits in what is in fact a relatively small exhibition area. Irrespective there is a lot to see and learn, what's more, if yo don't mind getting your hands wet a centrally positioned open display containing all sorts of things from live crabs to starfish and a whole lot more is there for you to touch.

Making it even more enticing is an attendant (range perhaps) who is both incredibly knowledgeable and extremely likeable. Well worth the $8 (I think) per head.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank cuspub
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Melbourne, Australia
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102 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“A great maritime museum!”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

We happily browsed here for an hour or so, enjoying learning about the history of the area. The channel display was an eye opener - who knew that the Yarra ran all the way out to sea all those many years ago! Seeing the maps and models really brought the whole area to life for us. The tiny fisherman's cottage was lovely too. The staff were friendly and helpful and made our visit very special with their stories of local life in times past.

Visited September 2013
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Geelong, Australia
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52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

I took a group of men here for a few hours and we were all kept interested by the vast collection of maritime equipment, relics, and models. There is also a very interesting movie reel playing regarding the pilot service. They have some interesting examples of the evolution of scuba and navigational equipment.

Visited January 2013
2 Thank andrew2504
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