Sorrento

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Sorrento featuring a sandy beach and water sports

With a pretty bay on one side and rugged ocean on the other, this heritage seaside town is ideal for exploring the coast, seeing local art and spotting dolphins.

The historic town of Sorrento is an idyllic destination on the Mornington Peninsula in an impressive position overlooking scenic coastline. Take in stunning coastal views on two sides in Sorrento, either from the rugged Sorrento Back Beach, which looks out to Bass Strait, or from the pretty beaches and coves of Port Phillip Bay. Explore the township to find intriguing galleries, charming cafés, boutiques and relics of Australia’s early European settlement.

Sorrento marks the spot where the first European settlement was established in Victoria, 30 years before settlement began in Melbourne. Visit the Collins Settlement Historic Site and check out the Nepean Historical Society Museum to learn more about the area’s past.

Spend a day relaxing and watching yachts and ferries sailing around Port Phillip Bay from Sorrento’s bay beaches, which extend in both directions from the pier. Get some fish and chips or homemade gelato from the foreshore shops and go for a stroll along the beach, keeping an eye out for bottlenose dolphins in the bay. Explore Sorrento’s heritage limestone stores and shop for handcrafted artworks, souvenirs and locally designed clothing.

Kayak and boat tours depart regularly from Sorrento’s pier. Join a sightseeing cruise or jump in a kayak and explore the bay. Some boat tours include snorkelling trips with wild dolphins and fur seals. Experienced surfers can carve up the surf breaks along the rugged and rocky Sorrento Back Beach. Embark on one of the walking trails that wind though dense coastal bush to rocky outcrops facing Bass Strait or take in bay views with a round of golf at the Sorrento Golf Club.

Sorrento is a 2-hour drive from Melbourne along the scenic coastal Nepean Highway. The Mornington Peninsula Freeway is a faster route and incurs a small toll. You can also catch the train to Frankston station and connect with a bus to Sorrento, but the journey can take up to 3 hours. Reach Sorrento from Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula with the Searoad Ferry. Avoid city traffic, park your car in the ferry’s hull and enjoy bay views throughout the 40-minute journey.


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Sorrento Beach Motel
Sorrento Beach Motel
3.5 out of 5
780 Melbourne Rd, Sorrento, VIC
The price is AU$165 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Located in Sorrento, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Mornington Peninsula National Park and Manyung Gallery at Sorrento. Sorrento Front Beach and St ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (682 reviews)
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Reviewed on 30 Jun. 2021

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Carmel at Sorrento
Carmel at Sorrento
4 out of 5
142 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento, VIC
The price is AU$382 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Located in Sorrento, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Manyung Gallery at Sorrento, Searoad Ferry Terminal and Sorrento Front Beach. Mornington ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (23 reviews)
"Great Apartments. Super quality decor, features and location."

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2021

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Oceanic Apartments Sorrento
Oceanic Apartments Sorrento
3.5 out of 5
234 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento, VIC
Located in Sorrento, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Mornington Peninsula National Park, Sorrento Ocean Beach and Portsea Back Beach. Manyung Gallery ...
4.3/5Excellent! (875 reviews)
"Perfect little getaway! The apartment had everything we needed and more! Loved the bottle of wine and the games!"

Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2021

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Buoys On Queens
Buoys On Queens
3.5 out of 5
43 Queens Road, Sorrento, VIC
Located in Sorrento, this guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of Manyung Gallery at Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula National Park and Searoad Ferry Terminal. Sorrento ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
"Nice, quiet location, very helpful hosts, abundant supply of food and snacks. Bed was very comfy. On-site parking was handy. Great choice for a weekend getaway in Sorrento."

Reviewed on 23 Apr. 2021

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Hotel Sorrento
Hotel Sorrento
3.5 out of 5
5-15 Hotham Road, Sorrento, VIC
Located in Sorrento, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Searoad Ferry Terminal and Sorrento Front Beach. Manyung Gallery at Sorrento and Sorrento ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (621 reviews)
modern studio room
"modern studio room in good location"

Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2020

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Hotel Sorrento
Amour Eva Sorrento - POOL, WALK TO BEACH, PET FRIENDLY, FREE WIFI & FOXTEL
Amour Eva Sorrento - POOL, WALK TO BEACH, PET FRIENDLY, FREE WIFI & FOXTEL
10 Jarman Court, Melbourne, VIC
This family-friendly Melbourne holiday home is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Mornington Peninsula National Park, Koonya Ocean Beach and Diamond Bay ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (75 reviews)
Great spot for a beach getaway
"Great property for a relaxing stay down the Mornington Peninsula. Fantastic location and the fireplace in the living area was perfect for a mid-winter getaway. We will be back in the warmer weather to make the most of the pool and outdoor areas."

Reviewed on 17 Aug. 2021

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Amour Eva Sorrento - POOL, WALK TO BEACH, PET FRIENDLY, FREE WIFI & FOXTEL
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