Queenscliff is a small town on the Bellarine Peninsula at the entrance to Port Phillip in southern Victoria, Australia and is bounded on its north side by the environmentally important Swan Bay. It is part of the Borough of Queenscliffe, which also includes the neighbouring town of Point Lonsdale. It is one of the endpoints of the Searoad ferry to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula. At the 2001 census, Queenscliff had a population of 3,725.
Originally a fishing village, Queenscliff soon became an important cargo port, servicing steamships trading in Port Philip. A shipping pilot service was established in 1841, and lighthouses were constructed in 1862.
The opening of a railway line to Geelong in 1879 brought increasing tourists to the area, and numerous luxury hotels (or coffee palaces) were built to accommodate this.
Queenscliff is home to the Queenscliff Music Festival, a popular annual music festival which attracts both local and international acts and is an important part of the town’s ongoing tourist industry.