From the pier a ramp provided access to the Sorrento Steam Tram Service ran from 1890-1921 carrying passengers from the pier along Ocean Amphitheatre Road to the Back Beach. The steam tram was enormously popular in the early 1900’s, carrying up to 20,000 people in a season.
The terminus was actually the starting point for a steam train formed in 1889 by local identity George Coppin. It carried over 20,000 passengers to the back beach, guesthouses and hotels during the three month holiday season. The present tram terminus is a rotting buffer located on a deserted strip of land on the prime cliff top location at Policeman’s Point.
Restoring Sorrento’s historic steam tram platform is the aim of a group of local Sorrento community enthusiasts, together with the Mornington Shire and also on board are representatives from the Nepean Conservation Group, Rotary Club Sorrento, Sorrento Portsea Chamber of Commerce, the Nepean Ratepayers Association, the Nepean Historical Society and several interested community members.