Destination Queenscliff - Shortland's Bluff, the Fort and Ocean View

Council’s Destination Queenscliff project is designed to place Shortland’s Bluff at the heart of Queenscliff’s special character, conserving the significant military, maritime, indigenous and settlement heritage and the stunning beauty of the coastal vista, and rehabilitating vegetation in the area to create a focal point for residents and visitors alike.

Council’s vision for the Borough is that it remains a safe haven defined by its unique heritage, rich culture and significant natural environment, and a special and restorative place for an involved and caring community and our visitors. We have an enduring role to play in conserving the extraordinary natural beauty of our region with ecological values of global significance, rich architectural heritage and military history fundamental to Australia’s defence. These values are at the heart of our planning for Destination Queenscliff.

Our recent community consultation activities on the concept designs for Destination Queenscliff included a set of open house sessions and a community survey that could be completed online, by mail and in person at Council’s offices or at any one of the open house sessions. Independent analysis of the 122 survey responses revealed significant support for key elements of the project. For example, 82% of respondents support the proposed shared pedestrian and bicycle path connection to the township and foreshore, and the Queenscliff Lighthouse Reserve pathways and improved planting, while 74% support the pathway linking Lovers Walk and 73% support the provision of new public toilets at the site.

For more information about Destination Queenscliff, please refer to the list of key documents below.

Key Documents

Please click on the links below to view the key documents associated with Destination Queenscliff:

Project Background

Destination Queenscliff will ensure that the precinct made up of Shortland’s Bluff, Fort Queenscliff and Ocean View is recognised as one of the most magnificent coastal locations in Victoria. The key elements of the project include:

  • Construction of a new kiosk/café and public toilets;
  • 10 new high quality accommodation lodgings;
  • Cultural landscaping and paths in the Queenscliff Lighthouse Reserve;
  • Ship viewing platforms
  • Upgrades to the car park and the southern end of Hesse Street;
  • Improvement of public open space areas; and
  • Lighting of the historic Fort Queenscliff wall.

Council prepared a community survey to capture feedback on the draft concept plans for Destination Queenscliff, and invited written feedback submissions. Community feedback about the draft concept plans was invited from Friday 18 May 2018 until Friday 15 June 2018.

Council also scheduled a series of Community Open House Sessions about Destination Queenscliff. These were held in the RSL Hall, corner Hesse Street and King Street, Queenscliff, on the following days:

  • Thursday 24 May 2018 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm
  • Saturday 26 May 2018 from 2.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Thursday 31 May 2018 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm
  • Saturday 2 June 2018 from 9.00am to 12.00 noon

Members of the public were invited to drop in at any time during the sessions. The draft concept plans were on display, and members of the Destination Queenscliff design team, Council officers and Councillors were on hand to listen to feedback and answer questions.