All Year: Feb 2012
Area (ha): 1/4 acre house & garden
Host ID: 13143
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Last Updated: February 19, 2012
This 3 bedroom seaside family residence is one of only twelve houses directly opposite Point Lonsdale Front Beach. A perfect location for the summer. The house is within walking distance to shops - cafes, internet cafe, grocery, newsagent, clothes etc. & this small friendly community is on one point of the entrance to Port Philip Bay. The views from the front bedroom and sitting rooms are breathtaking & at this point the ships enter the mouth of the bay on their way to Melbourne.
There are beautiful hikes, walks, bike rides, swimming & surfing within walking distance of the house.
From 15th Feb until 29th we are looking for someone or a couple to paint and finish off a DIY job on our holiday house. This will include cleaning and getting the house ready for renting out. We are looking for skilled DIY helpers (preferably a couple) to undertake a variety of jobs in and around the house and garden. We have already had some great Helpx people who have painted a lot of the property and cleaned ready for this job. We now need it to be finished off with only three rooms left to do. You will be staying in your own ensuite bedroom and have use of the house, its facilities, garden & a lockup garage for your vehicle if you have one.
We're looking for motivated, independent people (over 25) with a can do attitude and a keen attention to detail. You will be left to your own devices for some of the time and so the attraction of the place apart from its fabulous location is that you'll be half working and half on holiday. A good understanding of englishnis essential.
About Point Lonsdale
Front Beach, in Lonsdale Bay, is a fine sheltered beach for swimming and fishing while the Back Beach, on the other side of a series of large sand dunes, is ideal for surfing (it is patrolled in the holiday season). There are plenty of opportunities for walking along the beaches, cliff-tops and through the abundance of ti-tree. Salmon, barracouta and mullet can be caught from the rocks at Point Lonsdale while snapper, whiting and salmon inhabit the waters off Point Lonsdale jetty.
The foreshore around the headland is very pleasant, particularly at low tide when there are plenty of exposed rock pools and caverns.
Rip View Lookout
Rip View Lookout offers fine ocean views over The Rip - a 3 km stretch of water dividing Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean - the two headlands at the mouth of Port Phillip Bay. With its turbulent cross-currents and variable depths it is recognised as one of the most dangerous stretches of water on the Australian coastline. The lookout is on the water's edge and is signposted off Point Lonsdale Rd. It affords the opportunity to observe the ships entering and leaving Port Phillip Bay.
A walking track leads from the lookout to the lighthouse and around to Point Lonsdale Lookout.
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse
The Point Lonsdale Lighthouse is at the end of Point Lonsdale Rd. It provides panoramic views of the area, taking in Point Lonsdale, Queenscliff, Barwon Heads and Point Nepean.
After a stone lighthouse was constructed at Queenscliff in the 1860s, the old wooden structure was dismantled and rebuilt at Point Lonsdale in 1867. In 1902 it was replaced by the current structure which stands 120 m above sea-level, radiating light for 30 km out to sea. It is manned 24 hours a day and is equipped with meteorological equipment, rendering it an important link in local weather forecasting.
Tours of the lighthouse explain the history of this and other local lighthouses and the nature of the channel through which ships must pass to enter Port Phillip Bay. They are conducted at half-hourly intervals every Sunday from 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and more frequently in school and public holidays.
A cliff walk leads west to Point Lonsdale Lookout.
Another cliff walk from the base of the lighthouse leads to Buckley's Cave. In April 1803 three convicts escaped from the newly-formed British settlement at Point King which had been established largely to forestall the creation of a French settlement on the mainland (see entry on Sorrento).
The convicts made their way around to the Bellarine Peninsula but starvation loomed and two of the men vanished while attempting to return. William Buckley (who had been transported to Australia for life in 1802 for being in possession of a roll of purloined cloth) remained on to the western side of the bay where he was discovered by the Wathawurung people who thought he was a reincarnation of a dead tribal chief. He learned their language and customs, married, had a daughter and lived in the Point Lonsdale area until 1835. One of his dwellings is thought to have been this cave.
In 1835 Buckley allegedly overheard the Aborigines plotting to attack a party of whites at Indented Head (see entry on Portarlington). He gave himself up to the party of John Wedge who had followed in the wake of John Batman. It was some time before he regained enough English to communicate his experiences. He received a pardon and acted as an intermediary and interpreter between the whites and Aborigines but he was divided in his loyalties and felt he lacked the trust of both sides. Disillusioned he went to Tasmania, obtained employment, married and later received a government pension. He died in Hobart in 1856.
Point Lonsdale Pier
At the end of Point Lonsdale Rd is the pier which extends out into The Rip, offering fishing opportunities and fine views of the coastline and Queenscliff.
The cemetery on Williams Rd (which runs off Point Lonsdale Rd) contains some interesting graves of shipwreck victims, lighthouse keepers and early pilots. It was opened in 1856.
A memorial to Marconi, the first successful inventor of the wireless telegraph, is located on the foreshore in Royal Park, just off the Point Lonsdale Rd, opposite Anderson St and adjacent the oval. It was from this point that the first radio transmission from mainland Australia to Tasmania was made in 1906.
The Terminus, at 31 Point Lonsdale Rd, is one of the state's oldest guesthouses (1884).
A number of excellent and challenging courses are nearby - Point Lonsdale with tea tree and lake side features; Queenscliff on an island in Swann Bay; 13th Beach a classic links course by the ocean plus many more nearby.
Wineries and Restraunts
Famous for quality wines and foods there are many wineries and restraunts 10 to 30 minutes from Pont Lonsdale.
Historic Tours and Bike Hire
Queenscliff Historical Tours and Bike Hire conduct regular daily bus tours of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale and excursions to Fort Queenscliff at 2.00 p.m. on weekdays, tel: (03) 5258 3403.
Harold Holt Marine Reserve
The Harold Holt Marine Reserve includes Mud Island, Pope's Eye, the South Channel Fort, gannet nesting sites and coastal reserves.