A few kilometers along from Queenscliff, the sleepy township of Point Lonsdale is a world within a world. Many Melburnians escape on weekends to this quiet paradise. The lighthouse provides a perfect spot to watch vessels negotiate the Rip, the two-kilometer stretch of water through the Port Phillip Bay Heads. Every pleasure and industrial ship has to pass through this narrow crossing, and Point Lonsdale provides the best view. The old pier is also regarded as a prime vantage point for photographers, especially at dawn.