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Winter Solstice Fire Sculptures - Low Light, Queenscliff

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by Kate Parker Hayes (subscribe)
With a background in legal publishing and technical writing, I enjoy sharing slightly less formal accounts of fun things to see and do.
Queenscliff's Burning Man?
The infamous Burning Man event that attracts over 50,000 people in the northern Nevada desert, might not immediately bring to your mind images of the historic, small seaside towns of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale. However, the original Burning Man was in fact simply the burning of a large wooden sculpture on a beach in San Francisco, at a Summer Solstice bonfire in 1986.

Lighthouse sculpture Point Lonsdale Bellarine
Lighthouse timber tribute

Queenscliff's 2019 Winter Solstice Fire Sculptures are slightly more modest in size, as will be the crowds. But they are timber art installations, which will also be set alight in a dramatic display of Solstice celebrations. The sculptures will be ignited on 22 June as part of the Queenscliff Low Light Festival, which offers a range of art, food, films, exhibitions and performances until mid-July.

lowlight festival timber sculpture queenscliff bellarine winter solstice
Fire and Ice

The Winter Solstice Fire Sculptures are worth a look during daylight hours, and are currently on display and easy to find. They are made of timber and timber offcuts, screwed together to represent their unique location and the festival themes of juxtaposing elements Fire and Ice (No Burning Men this year it seems).

point lonsdale lighthouse sculpture winter solstice bellarine
Fancier than firewood

But the main event will be setting alight the three sculptures along the Point Lonsdale/Queenscliff coastline. They are scheduled to burn in turn, which will allow people to travel between each location (approximately 5-6km in total) and view all three if desired.

queenscliff searoad ferry sunset winter solstice lowlight festival
Queenscliff sunset spot

The final sculpture will be ignited near the Searoad Ferries Terminal esplanade, and there will be a celebration to close with food and drink options available.

As appealing as it may during a cold, dark winter - forget desert survival daydreams.

Think warm jackets, mulled wine and bonfires on the Bellarine.

Location and Burning times:

Point Lonsdale Main Street (opposite IGA supermarket). Set alight 22 June, 5.45pm.

Queenscliff Hesse Steet (opposite Farm Foods). Set alight 22 June, 7pm.

Queenscliff Harbour, near Searoad Ferries Terminal. Set alight 22 June at 8pm, and a celebration to close the event. Food and mulled wine options available.

Parking is available in Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff main streets and side streets. Searoad Ferries/Queenscliff Harbour also has a large parking area.
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Why? Embrace the shortest day of the year with bonfires and food, mixing with locals and visitors alike. And you can still be in bed by 10pm. Family-friendly.
When: 22 June 2019
Where: Various. The final event at Searoad Ferries, Wharf Street East, Queenscliff
Cost: Free to attend
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