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Queenscliff – Stage 1

The Queenscliff boating facility is getting an upgrade thanks to the State Government’s unprecedented investment in boating in Victoria.

Stage 1 upgrade works have been at Queenscliff boat ramp, with a new overflow parking area now open to the public.

The upgrade has been funded through the Victorian Government’s investment into improve recreational boating, making it easier and cheaper for Victorians to get out on the water.

This new parking area dedicates this space to overflow parking for boat ramp users, providing 33 trailer parks, 19 of which are big enough for car and trailer combos of up to 13 metres.

The car park has been designed to maximise parking space within the area while including environmentally friendly pavers as measures to minimise impact to Swan Bay.

The opening of the car park completes Stage 1 works, which has also included dredging of the boat ramp channel to a depth of 1m and the installation of dedicated boat preparation bays near the ramp.

We’ll be returning in March 2022 to carry out stage 2 of works as part of the upgrade project.

The second stage of construction to be carried out by the Borough of Queenscliffe includes the installation of a third boat ramp lane to increase capacity, extra-large parking bays in the existing carpark, replacement and extension of the existing pontoons and installation of a central floating pontoon to create more berthing opportunities for boaters.

The Boating Vic app now includes a webcam of the carpark at Queenscliff, so you can assess weather conditions as well as how much parking’s available before you leave home. To help you prepare for your trip download the Boating Vic app for your smartphone or head to https://www.boating.vic.gov.au/ramps/a157F000001P6RPQA0

Project information

Better Boating Victoria has prepared a flyer to answer some frequently asked questions regarding the upcoming Queenscliff upgrade, which can be viewed here.

Queenscliff is located on the Bellarine Peninsula and is popular with boaters and anglers who want to access the wonderful fishing and recreational water opportunities in Port Phillip.

Better Boating Victoria is overseeing the government’s boating commitments and will work with the Borough of Queenscliffe, local community groups, and the boating community to upgrade the Queenscliff boating facility.

We held a drop-in event on Wednesday, 26 May, 2021 from 4-6pm at the Queenscliff Coast Guard building to discuss upcoming works, the construction timeline and disruption to the ramp’s operations.

Community input is critical to the project and delivering an improved facility that meets the needs of local and visiting boaters and anglers. That’s why we have involved the community in this project from the outset.

Previous actions:

Thompson Berrill Landscape Design (TBLD), a specialist landscape architecture and engineering firm, have developed concept designs that will improve the boating facility.

On Saturday 30 November 2019 in partnership with Maritime Safety Victoria and the Victorian Fisheries Authority we hosted a community consultation event at the Queenscliff boat ramp for people to see two draft concept designs and have their say about the upgrade.

We also hosted an online consultation for people who couldn’t get along to our event to provide feedback on the draft concept designs. This consultation ran from Saturday 30 November to Monday 9 December 2019.

We used the feedback we received from the consultation to inform a final concept design released in June 2020 that was supported by the boating community and the Borough of Queenscliff. Since then, we engaged more with stakeholders to further improve the functionality and safety of the boat ramp and the proposed kayak launch area. We have accommodated this feedback and updated the original concept design to reflect these improvements. The updated design can be viewed HERE.

This design will form the basis of the formal town planning process that commenced on 30 November 2020.

We held a drop-in event on Wednesday, 26 May, 2021 from 4-6pm at the Queenscliff Coast Guard building to discuss upcoming works, the construction timeline and disruption to the ramp’s operations


July 2020. Download our Queenscliff Upgrade Update July 2020

September 2020. Download our Queenscliff Upgrade Update September 2020

November 2020: Town planning application formally lodged.

May 2021: Queenscliff Upgrade Update May 2021

Project Name

Queenscliff boating facility upgrade




  • Provide better launching experience
  • Ease congestion and accommodate more boat trailers
  • Improve parking and traffic flow
  • Improve pedestrian safety


  • Concept designs (early 2020)
  • Detailed designs and approvals (December 2020)
  • Construction (May – October 2021)
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