view south towards North Steyne

The sand broadens out here at the northern end of the beach where the lagoon estuary empties into the sea. Old timers called it the desert outpost because in those days it was all sand dunes and was so far from the town centre. It was once home to a ladies golf club (must have been one big bunker) and a rifle shooting club. Today the dunes are gone and the sea wall now extends all the way to the end of the beach. Every once in a while a wild storm will come and demolish large sections of the wall repossessing the beach as it does.

While the southern end of the beach bustles with the commercial life of Manly this northern end is quieter, more local.

a mile away at the southern end is South Steyne

surfboat race, Queenscliff

southern entrance

Some time around 1908 a group of local fishermen decided that there had to be an easier way to get to the good fishing grounds that lay between Queeenscliff and Freshwater. Their solution was to chisel a tunnel through the headland.

Mr. Lewers and his mate Mr. Randell got together with other members of the Fishermens' Club and hammered their way through. It is still in use much to the delight of the small children and rock hopping fishermen of today.

Over the years the nor'east winds and southerly storms have blown through it eating away at the walls, making it bigger but no less sound.

view north to Freshwater

Queenscliff Tunnel - video (by simms327)

back track
to North Steyne

walk on
to Lagoon


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Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club

Southerly storm approaches Queenscliff

Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club - photo



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