Vue Grand History
1881: On the 17th July 1881 the first
brick was laid for what was to be Queenscliff's most extravagant
and outstanding hotel. Only six months later the first portion of
the hotel was completed. On the 22nd December 1881, the Adman's
Grand Hotel was officially opened. The new building is
acknowledged as one of the finest and best-appointed hotels in the
Colony, affording a magnificent view of the bay and the surrounding
country. The hotel was serviced by the steam ship "The
Ozone", carrying passengers down from Melbourne on a two hour
1890: "The Ozone" steam ship was supplemented
by the "Hygea". The Vue Grand's ballroom was dusted with a
swirling finery of aristocratic ladies, dining under the high domed
ceiling. By the turn of the century Queenscliff reflected the
gentility and the wealth of the Southern Capital.
1927: October saw a huge fire ravage the hotel,
the exact cause of which was never discovered, but the four year
old son of the managers remembers playing with matches in an
upstairs room prior to the family going to church. Two-thirds of
the original building was saved and many of the architectural
features can still be seen today. By 1930, two of the three
floors were resurrected and ready for
1983: Equinox Hotels Pty Ltd purchased the Vue
Grand Hotel. The building was literally stripped, and
restored retaining its Victorian ambience and re-opened for
business in late 1983.
2006: Vue Grand was awarded Best Fine Dining
Restaurant in Victoria for 2005 at the AHA Awards in Melbourne.
2007: The Turret Suite is opened after 80 years
of being unused
2010: The Grand Dining Room was awarded Best
Fine Dining Restaurant, Best Chef and Best Cellar of Local Wines in
the Golden Plate Awards for Greater Geelong area.
2011: The Grand Dining Room has been
recommended in the 2012 "Age Good Food Guide"
2011: The Grand Dining Room was awarded Best
Overall plus Best Fine Dining Restaurant, Best Chef and Best Cellar
of local Wines in the Golden Plate Awards for the Greater Geelong
2012: The Grand Dining Room was listed &
reviewed in the "Age good food Guide" with a score of 14.5