The Mornington Peninsula is a favorite with families, young couples and backpacking surfers, due to its variety of beaches, cafes, bars and above all, the vibe.
Along the inner curve of the Peninsula, you will find safe, shallow beaches. Great for stand-up paddle boarding and families with small children as well as those who are not strong swimmers or just after a more relaxing beach experience. For the brave and wild at heart, there are the back-beaches. These are more easily accessible from Sorrento and Portsea along the bus route. However, if you are not a strong ocean swimmer, experienced at spotting and negotiating rips (currents) then these back-beaches are for not for you. You're advised to watch from the shore and not to go in past your knees unless you want to get to know the lifeguards on duty a little more intimately.