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Sorrento is one of the most scenic and popular seaside towns in Victoria, with a beautiful calm bay on one side and a roaring surf beach on the other separated only by great shops, restaurants and cafes and it is easy enough to stroll between the two.
Choose between several activities such as swimming with dolphins, snorkelling at nearby Portsea pier, surfing at the back beach, discover the walking tracks that include The Artists Trail, Millionaires Walk, Diamond Bay and the Back Beach Coastal Walk. Look around the museum and the many historical sites which include the old tram line, buildings in town, first settlement and graves.
If all of that sounds a bit energetic for a lazy coastal break then you must visit Antipodes Book Shop, they have a great variety and display them in a nice calming environment. Take a good book, some fish and chips and relax in the sun on the shoreline.
I last visited Sorrento less than 6 months ago but I was surprised at how many new shops and eateries have opened in that time as well as part of the street scape being redeveloped in front of the news agency and surrounding shops, it looks great.
Sorrento is definitely the millionaires' playground, and I am always amazed at the holiday homes here, complete with cliff top bay views, tennis courts, and swimming pools. Everything really. Did I mention private jetty's and boat houses and bathing boxes? Oh the life. My little abode would probably fit into one of the garages, in fact the cars in the garage would each be worth more than my house.
Sorrento sells one of the most awarded Vanilla Slices in a quaint cafe called Just Fine food, so if you love vanilla slice this is sure to be a winner. I have never tried one but I do know how popular they are, even though they are $8.50 but big enough to share.
With the new Peninsula Link, Sorrento is even more easily accessible from the city. Sorrento is 107 km from Melbourne and takes approximately 1 hour and 24 minutes depending on the time of year you are going. Summer can be extremely busy and traffic comes to a halt at Rosebud, and as a local I stay away from Sorrento at this time of year. We visited in June, and as you can see by the photos it's enjoyable all year round.