As you enter into the township it is impossible to miss the iconic and magnificent Point Lonsdale Lighthouse. Its presence governs the skyline and highlights the path to travel to discover the wonders and delights of the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park; dive sites, snorkelling spots, rock pooling, bike tracks, walking paths and surf breaks; all located around the very eminent lighthouse.
Besides being a sight to behold, the lighthouse still serves a functional purpose. It is one of only a few lighthouses that is staffed 24 hours a day. The lighthouse provides guidance to the big ships passing through the treacherous waters of The Rip; one of the most notorious entrances to any bay in the world. The Rip Lookout delivers unbridled views of this stretch of water between Point Lonsdale, Point Nepean and Shortland Bluff.
This wild ruggedness is quickly counteracted as you take to the township. The calmness of a sheltered bay beach forms one side of the road, while the bliss and enjoyment of restaurants, cafes, boutiques and wine bars runs along the other side the esplanade. The grassy foreshore provides a haven for families; picture-perfect picnic spots, BBQ facilities, playgrounds, walking and cycle tracks, rock pools at low tide, gently rolling waves and a pier ideal for casting a line off. And because of the town’s prime location at the entryway to wineries and food gates, the main street is scattered with businesses who embrace the legendary local produce, serving up fresh and seasonal dishes, wines and goods.
Point Lonsdale delivers the best of both worlds; the wildness of an untamed beach landscape – awaiting discovery and exploration and the relaxation of a tranquil beachside town – awaiting rest and repose.