Nestled between the heads of Port Phillip Bay, Queenscliff is a vibrant seaside village steeped in history. With its rich maritime heritage and stunning natural environment, this region is the perfect destination for anyone looking to explore culture, arts and music. 

Exploring the local music scene can take your holiday experience to the next level. 

If you want to see some live local music while on your holiday to our beautiful region, be sure to check these places out! Each has regular gigs throughout the year so there is always a fantastic local performance to enjoy. 

The iconic Blues Train at Queenscliffe Railway Station offers live blues performances from renowned musicians, alongside delicious, blues-inspired food and drinks. Many famous bands have performed on board making it one of Australia’s premier music events. Enjoy an unforgettable night out with friends or family while taking in some authentic blues tunes. Visit our play page and make the most out of your visit to Queenscliff.

The Torquay Hotel is the number one live music venue on the Surf Coast. This pumping pub hosts regular gigs, from international acts to the best up-and-coming musicians in the area. The atmosphere is lively and welcoming, and their acts consistently draw large crowds. So, if you’re looking for an exciting night out filled with top-notch entertainment, be sure to visit the Torquay Hotel. 

If you’re looking for a more intimate setting, Pistol Pete’s in central Geelong is a cosy bar, perfect for a night out with friends who want to relax and enjoy some of the finest live blues, jazz, soul, country and Americana acts. Pistol Pete’s features international and local artists playing everything from acoustic sets to full bands. With its relaxed vibe and affordable drinks menu, Pistol Pete’s is definitely worth a visit over your holiday weekend in Queenscliff.  

The Gateway Hotel offers an impressive line-up of live music – from folk, rock, to indie pop – they have something for everyone. This jam-packed venue has been hosting performances since it first opened its doors. They have regular events featuring well known legends as well as local acts. If you’re looking for a fun evening with a high energy vibe and fantastic music, make sure you check out what’s going on at the Gateway Hotel in Corio.

For a taste of Egypt right in the heart of Geelong, The Sphinx is definitely worth a visit. Their Luxor showroom is the place to catch spectacular Australian and international shows with comedy legends and entertaining tribute acts ripping up the stage every weekend. Outside you can check out the 15 metre Sphinx without having to contend with customs! This is your one stop entertainment venue.

Behind the red door on Little Malop Street in Geelong there’s an excellent place to grab a drink with your mates and dance the night away. Beav’s Bar is a unique and eclectically decorated bar featuring live music every weekend and open mic and karaoke on Wednesday nights. With a retro vibe, the venue provides a relaxed atmosphere perfect for enjoying the various local wines and craft beers on offer. This vibrant strip in central Geelong is home to many of the city’s cafes, bars and specialty shops.

Check out some of Australia’s iconic bands at the Bannockburn Hotel. Known as “The Banno” by the locals, this family-friendly, locally owned hotel has the wonderful welcoming and friendly atmosphere of a country pub. Only a 24 minute drive from Geelong, the Bannockburn Hotel pride themselves on hosting legends of Aussie music from Brian Mannix to The Chantoozies.

The Barwon Club Hotel has stood the test of time as the best band room in Geelong. Catch up with mates and enjoy Geelong’s nightlife at this boisterous establishment only a short stroll from Kardinia Park (GMHBA Stadium). This leading venue for live Australian and international bands can get a little wild so be prepared to jump into the mosh pit and have the time of your life.

Whether you are looking for a cultural experience or just want to soak up some local history, art and music, there are plenty of activities to explore when visiting Queenscliff. From museums to galleries to unique events like The Blues Train – there’s something here for everyone amidst the beautiful coastal scenery. So don’t miss out – pack your bags and come explore this incredible region today!

Once here you will soon discover why this spectacular part of Victoria has become one of Australia’s premier destinations for arts, culture and live music. For more visit: