Suma Park is a unique heritage property, situated on 100 acres near the picturesque village towns of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale, recognised for their historic markers and stunning seaside location.
Home to an established cool climate vineyard, the estate offers breathtaking coastal and rural scenery, just 90 minutes drive from Melbourne. The extensive garden surrounds provide a magnificent view of Swan Bay and Port Phillip Bay.
Suma Park specialises in weddings, celebrations and corporate events, offering in~house catering and extensive cottage accommodation for singles, families and groups.
Our venue offers incredible photographic opportunities in the historic homestead and barn; the romance of the vines, the stunning gardens and Suma Park Station ~ an iconic feature of our property, part of the Bellarine Railway heritage train service.
'Suma Park', formerly known as Frankfurt-on Sea, was erected in the 1880s for prominent stud breeder and horse racing entrepreneur James Wilson of St Albans, Whittington. Stephen E. Bailey gave the name Suma Park to Wilson's racing establishment after the family property at Orange in N.S.W. The original stables housed up to 24 racehorses.
In 1876 Wilson's horse 'Briseis' won the Melbourne Cup and he commissioned the Ferguson & Urie stained glass company of North Melbourne to create a feature window depicting the head of Briseis. Originally installed in his Camberwell home, the last remaining part of the window containing the horse head, is installed in the door to the former smoking room at Suma Park.
Suma Park Homestead is a distinctive late Victorian Villa The large single storey dichromatic brick villa residence was designed by J.T.Conlon, a Melbourne Architect. An earlier weatherboard cottage survived, along with the original stables, and are now a feature of the property for weddings & events.
A unique and historic feature of Suma Park is our connection to the Bellarine Railway. The railway currently operates a Heritage Train Service between Queenscliff and Drysdale, along the southern shoreline of Swan Bay, with a station at Suma Park.
Carriage hire is available as part of the Heritage Service.
Experiences and events offered include:
School holiday programs
Locomotive Cab rides
Steam and Diesel Train Driver Experiences
Day out with Thomas weekends
Special occasion and wedding charters
Mid-week tailored group and school tours
Blues Train with live music on most Sat evenings August to May
Suma Park Station also makes an incredible wedding day experience and superb backdrop for wedding & event photography.
Queenscliff and the
Queenscliff, the home of Suma Park, is a beautiful location, with large stretches of coastline, consisting of a combination of sandy beaches, rocky outcrops, cliffs and historic piers. At Shortlands Bluff is the Queenscliff Lighthouse and lookout built in 1862. The township is characterised by historic shop~fronts, iconic buildings, galleries and museums.
There's plenty of sport and adventure with the Bellarine Rail Trail past our door, the stunning Queenscliff golf course on Swan Island, and the Queenscliff Harbour as your starting point for scuba diving and game or recreational fishing charters.
Nearby is the landmark Point Lonsdale Lighthouse offering unsurpassed views. Walking tracks circle the lighthouse and extend down the rocky headland to the beach below. Just north of the lighthouse is the Point Lonsdale Pier which is a popular spot for fishing and a good vantage point for taking in views of the lighthouse and surrounding coastline.
Part of the renowned Bellarine Peninsula, our region is an acclaimed destination recognised for its distinguished wineries, breweries, dining, farm gates, markets, festivals and adventure tours.