The Beautiful township of Sorrento is a popular tourist destination located between Portsea and Blairgowrie, on the Mornington Peninsula. You will find it on a thin strip of the peninsula, facing out towards the exotic waters of Bass Strait.
The beautifully made limestone buildings make this town a pleasure to the eyes. Wander the streets to explore the many things Serrento has to offer including fine dining restaurants by the water, galleries and boutiques, freshly caught fish (and chips), Gelato, some ‘pub grub’ from Hotel Sorrento which is located atop the cliffs and the beautiful parks where you can picnic.
If you make your way down to the foreshore you can spy bottlenose dolphins playing in the water and feed the pelicans if your game enough.
Sorrento also offers award winning food and wines where you can start the day with pancakes from Buckley’s Chance Pancake Parlor, then after some sightseeing head to the Three Palms for some Asian cuisine or relax and enjoy some fine food under the eponymous tree at Loquat.
Sorrento, like most other coastal towns, has a temperate climate. A winter’s day is pleasantly mild, and summers are comfortable. Because the peninsula isn’t very wide, quite often there is a cooling summer sea breeze.
A classy resort on the Morningside Peninsula near Melbourne, Sorrento offers simple seaside pleasures as well as chic galleries and restaurants. Put simply, there’s something for everyone here.
Sorrento is quite a romantic town – if you’re staying as a couple, consider getting a serviced apartment in Sorrento. If you’re coming as part of a family group, then Sorrento holiday villas will get the grown-ups get the most of the local food and wine while giving youngsters easy access to the beach.
As well as being a wonderful destination in itself, Sorrento is also close to many, many other places of interest. The Mornington Peninsula has some amazing vineyards, spas, historical sites and is ringed with fantastic beaches. Fancy roaming further? Get the ferry to Phillip Island, or take a day trip to Melbourne. There’s no end of days out – or you just might prefer to lounge by the pool in your self-contained accommodation.
Seaside activities are perennially popular, and there are two beaches – the ‘front beach’ is perfect for families, while the ‘back beach’ has strong currents and is best for the adventurous. If you’re feeling active, then swim in the sea – time things right, and you may be joined by dolphins and seals. You can also surf and try kitesurfing.
If you’re a culture vulture, then check out the Sorrento Fine Art Gallery. The boutiques around town are excellent places to shop for artwork and local crafts.
The Collins Historical Site is a good attraction to visit if you’re interested in the history of the Morningside Peninsula – you can admire the colonial-era buildings as well as the view out over the sea.
Fittingly for a town named after a place in Italy, Sorrento is a prime destination for foodies. If you are looking for picnic food or want to have a special dinner at your beach house, Sorrento has some amazing delis and a farmers market, where you can find all sorts of delectable treats. If you’d rather eat out, then there are some amazing restaurants and cafés in town, where you can often get fresh seafood.
Whether you’re part of a family who want to spend time on the beach, are a couple who want to eat out and sightsee, or are coming as part of a group of discerning friends who want to enjoy the local food and wine, you’ll have a holiday to remember in Sorrento. There’s so much to offer, and it’s easy to find holiday accommodation that will perfectly fit your needs.
In summer, the average daily high is around 25C. February is the hottest month. December, January and February can be busy – if you’re travelling to Australia during peak times, like the local school holidays, then book your Sorrento holiday home well in advance.
In winter - June, July and August – the average temperature is around 15C. This is still warm; perfectly pleasant and lovely for walking, and it’s easier to find a holiday apartment in Sorrento at this time of year.