On the Mornington Peninsula, lies one of Victoria’s most beautiful towns…Sorrento.
Known for its lavish accommodation, boutique shops, gorgeous cafes and incredible dining experiences, the town truly showcases luxury and its popularity among affluents is really unsurprising.
Surrounded by beautiful beaches, spectacular coastline and picturesque national parks, Sorrento boasts itself as one of Victoria’s, if not Australia’s best holiday destinations.
So, let’s dive in and explore exactly what’s on offer with the very best things to do in Sorrento…
Getting To Sorrento
Sorrento is located approximately 1.5 hours drive (108kms) from Melbourne city.
There’re also options for trains and buses that take you to all Mornington Peninsula townships, including Sorrento.
Best Things To Do In Sorrento
Sorrento Back Beach
Just over 1km south of the township itself, lies Sorrento back beach.
A picturesque white-sand cove, with a rugged coastline that receives the southern oceans full force.
Although this beach isn’t ideal for swimming, (you have the foreshore for that) the pounding surf and striking coastline, makes this spot an awesome place to visit.
At low tide, there are some fantastic rock pools to be explored. These pools are sheltered from the large surf further out, due to the rock formations in the bay. However, you should still be very careful and wary of tide movements.
A great place to take the family for a few hours and let the kids splash around.
Take The Queenscliff Ferry
Why not take a trip across Port Phillip Bay to Queenscliff?
Queenscliff has its own set of beautiful attractions (that’s for another post), but the trip alone is an incredible experience.
If you’re lucky, you may even encounter seals and dolphins all while surrounded by a pristine blue ocean and a beautiful coastline backdrop.
Explore The Shops
No trip to Sorrento is complete without a little shopping.
Sorrento’s main street is lined with boutique fashion stores in which you can really treat yourself to some of the most gorgeous latest fashions.
Start by exploring; Saltwater Trading, Emia Fashion and Witchery Sorrento.
There’re a few more gems to be mentioned, but we’ll let you discover them yourself…
Millionaires walk is exactly how you imagine.
The route is lined with stunning beachside mansions, sitting just to the north of Sorrento Front Beach.
The properties here, are truly awe-inspiring, but this walk also rewards you with scenic views over Port Phillip Bay and Sorrento itself.
Sorrento’s number 1 spot for dining and events. If there’s something on in town, it’s likely happening at Hotel Sorrento.
You could summarise the establishment as chic, with spectacular views across the bay and Sorrento Foreshore.
Whether you’re having a drink to finish off the day, a lovely meal, or checking out live music, you don’t need to look any further than Hotel Sorrento.
Relax at Sorrento Foreshore
Unlike its back beach cousin, the foreshore is protected from the large ocean swells and sits nestled away inside Port Phillip Bay.
A lovely spot to spend the day at the beach, with safe swimming, beautiful white sand and close proximity to shops and restaurants – An unbeatable combination for anyone, whether you’re a couple relaxing or on a family holiday.
Continental Hotel - Coming Soon
Since 1875, The Continental Hotel has been a landmark of the town and its reopening adds a touch of luxury to an iconic piece of Sorrento heritage.
Fine dining, events, hotel and spa offer luxury experiences for you to indulge and make your trip to Sorrento truly memorable.
The Conti, as it’s known by locals, is currently undergoing renovations to the tune of $100 million and is expected to gradually re-open this summer (2021).
This is huge news for Sorrento, so keep an eye out for when things reopen so you don’t miss out on what is set to be one of the most lavish Sorento experiences.
Eat & Drink
Sorrento boasts an array of amazing dining experiences, from fine dining to quaint cafes and lively bars.
Whatever your taste, you will be spoiled for choice and the only problem you’ll encounter when it comes to eating out, is choosing between your favourites.
Some of our favourites include; Elba, Sorrento Baths and Loquat.
Point Nepean National Park
Heading west from Sorrento will lead you to Point Nepean national park.
A stunning area of coastline, with a bike path and impressive panoramic views over the surrounding ocean.
The park is steeped in history from the native Bunurong people thousands of years ago to more recently, remnants of WW2. Alongside the coastline, you’ll find old military forts and tunnels as well as the famous Harold Holt memorial.
Located on Melbourne Road, the Sorrento Museum is a great place to spend an afternoon educating yourself on the history of Sorrento and the surrounding area.
Learn about the ancient aboriginal culture and the influence of WW2 on the area. From fascinating artefacts, displays and books, the museum really is a place to dive deep into the area’s interesting history.
Things To Do In Sorrento - Summary
So there we have it, the best things to do in Sorrento.
We hope this post helps to make your time here in Sorrento truly amazing and unforgettable.
The area has so much to offer and we love nothing more than sharing it with you.
If you need help with accommodation here in Sorrento or advice on what to see and do, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
We look forward to having you here with us.
The MyCoastline Team