LOWLIGHT FESTIVAL | A WINTERTIME HIGHLIGHT ON THE BELLARINE


Cameron Robbins

As a “local”, it is sometimes regrettable that others can discover the pleasures of the Bellarine. Locals want to keep it a secret, but the Low Light festival will reveal all by featuring the spectacular array of delights that the Bellarine Peninsula has to offer the visitor no matter what their age or interests. By bringing together a mega-program of events, activities and experiences, Low Light quite literally has “something for everyone”.


From all that is on offer, the number one event must be the Winter Solstice Fire Sculptures that are on exhibition throughout June culminating in Winter Solstice burning on the evening of Saturday 22nd June at 6pm, 7pm & 8pm at three locations: Point Lonsdale Main Street, Queenscliff Main Street, and Searoad Ferries terminal.


For music lovers, the winter version of the Queenscliff Music festival hosts three concerts: Dan Sultan on 15 June 2019 at 8:00pm, Clare Bowditch on June 21st, and Archie Roach June 22nd – all at the Queenscliff Town Hall. While those interested in art, and as part of the Literary Festival (running from 11-26 May), there is an exhibition featuring works by Kyoko Imazu, Michael Leunig, Marion Manifold and Jim Pavlidis as well as a portfolio of works by 32 printmakers inspired by myths.


As school holidays are on the calendar, a real treat is in store for families at the Winter Wonderland with a “pop up” skating rink and toboggan slide materialising in the Queenscliff Harbour carpark. Why not add on a visit to the Marine and Freshwater Discovery centre or the historic Fort Queenscliff? The Discovery Centre offers a captivating school holiday program, and the tours of Fort Queenscliff allow kids to explore tunnels and underground bunkers and dress up in old military garb.



With food in mind, visitors can partake in a sumptuous progressive dinner across four of Queenscliff's premier eateries, featuring courses at Circa 1902, Lombardy’s, 360Q, and Queenscliff Brewhouse. Or step back in time to experience old style luxury aboard the heritage locomotive the Q-Train, enjoying a dinner showcasing local food, wine, beer and cider. Bookings for both are essential.


Although only an hour and a half drive from the CBD, you may consider a longer trip and need somewhere to stay. Lots of choices here, from guesthouses and B & Bs to motels, but maybe the more adventurous can try Swell Shelter Glamping @ Queenscliffe Tourist Park. Camping in winter? Never fear! Swell Shelter will provide you with every camping luxury needed to enjoy a cosy wintertime escape under canvas.


A full program of all events, activities and experiences is detailed on the Low Light Festival website. This also includes information about the many special deals available from local restaurants, wineries and places to stay – so get your diary out now and start planning for the Low Light extravaganza!

DETAILS

Dates: 3rd May - 30th June 2019 Times: Various times depending on the event Location: Queenscliff, VIC Low Light Festival Website