Sorrento is a delightful historic village nestled between Port Phillip Bay and the ocean beaches of Bass Strait at the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula. This village has retained much of its heritage in the form of the historic limestone buildings that line the main street.
The village offers shopping that is stylish and sophisticated, with more than 60 retail outlets including boutiques, interior design stores, galleries and antique outlets. Naturally the cafes, restaurants, local produce stores and designer ice-cream are superb.
There is a lot of history in the local area including Collins Settlement – where Europeans first attempted to settle permanently in Victoria in 1803, the historic Watts Cottage, and the Sorrento-Portsea Artists Trail offering an insight into renowned Australian artists’ works by showing views as they were painted in situ.
Sorrento Park, first established in 1870 and overlooking the bay brims with fabulous European trees, lush lawns and delightful gardens
Choose to relax or swim on the Sorrento ‘front beach’ beside the tranquil waters of Port Phillip Bay or opt for the thrills of the Sorrento Ocean Beach at the other end of the main street. The Sorrento Ocean beach features a popular rock pool as well as excellent surfing for the experienced – – care must be taken when swimming as deep rips operate along this coastline.
The crescent-shaped Sorrento front beach offers a white sand beach and shallow waters making it ideal for swimming and other water activities. Here you will find the Sorrento Pier and the departure point for the popular car and passenger ferry to Queenscliff, as well as fishing trips, seal and dolphin watching excursions, sight-seeing cruises, yacht charters and diving trips.
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