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Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published June 24th 2013
Lifestyle of the rich and the famous
On the Artists Trail


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.

The Continental Hotel


This seaside town offers everything a day tripper could possibly want and if you need more time to see everything then there are some great places to stay in town with plenty of hotels and b&b's.

Sorrento Museum


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.

Sorrento shops


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.

Antipodes Book Shop on the right hand side


A visit to the Sorrento Park is always a must with our children, as is watching the Queenscliff Ferry come and go.

A house with a view


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 sailing club


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.

More shops in Sorrento


There are many historic buildings in the main street of Sorrento, including Stringers, the newly closed post office, Hotel Continental and many more waiting for you to discover.

Stringers Store


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.

Enjoy your time in Sorrento.

Looking back from the town across to the bay
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Why? Great food, beautiful beaches and amazing houses
When: All year round
Where: Ocean Beach Rd Sorrento
Cost: $8.50 for a vanilla slice
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I have visited Sorrento....its lovely...one of those special places that are left....and oh gosh....the best vanilla slices in the world!!!!!!!!!
by cazza (score: 1|11) 1905 days ago
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