Discover the best top things to do in Sorrento, Australia including Searoad Ferries, Rye Beach, Point Nepean National Park, Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, Sorrento Back Beach, Koonya Beach, Fort Nepean, London Bridge, Ocean Beach, Portsea Back Beach.
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4.5 based on 628 reviews
The spectacular 40-minute trip on the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry Service links Melbourne’s most magnificent coastal regions: the Bellarine Peninsula and Mornington Peninsula.Both destinations have a vast number of attractions to explore. Then, from Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula, it’s a leisurely 2-hour scenic drive to Phillip Island and the famous Penguin Parade. From Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula, you’re very close to the glorious Great Ocean Road.Stroll on board as a passenger or bring your car – it’s the fast and environmentally friendly alternative to the drive of more than 200 km through the city from one peninsula to the other.All weather, hourly crossings, 7 Days…Two specially designed all-weather 60-metre Ferries depart from both destinations on the hour, every hour, 7am to 6pm daily. Enjoy easy drive on/drive off facilities, spacious comfortable lounges with full-length windows, a tempting cafe and plenty of deck space.There are ever-changing sights – watch out for dolphins, whales in winter and enormous ships as you breathe incredibly fresh air.Arriving at Sorrento, you’ll have a perfect view of multi-million dollar mansions sitting atop cliffs, tiny coves filled with boats, the beautiful foreshore and old limestone buildings.Queenscliff is dominated by the fascinating 1860s Fort Queenscliff, but has many gracious old buildings including grand historic hotels and guesthouses.The specially designed all weather Ferries have easy drive on/drive off facilities, no turning required.Easy and convenient.
As we live in Sorrento, we qualify as ‘frequent flyers’, as we use this service often to travel to the other side of Melbourne, the Bellarine Peninsula. It cuts out the traffic problems of the city and is a wonderful forty five minute relaxing journey. Cars are of course moved, but foot passengers as well can enjoy a leisurely comfortable trip, with a cafe on board, free wifi and the opportunity to maybe see dolphins ( they love the bow wave!) and an occasional whale sighting.
4.5 based on 169 reviews
We take for granted the scenery along the coastline on the southern cost of the Mornington Peninsula and so too many of the ocean Beaches such as Rye, Gunnamatta and St Andrews. Each have great views and rolling surf, sand dunes and great walks. Rye is probably the best swimming beach of most of them with good wide stretches of white sand although there are cross currents and dangerous surf. Go for the beautiful scenery no matter what the weather.
4.5 based on 338 reviews
Point Nepean really is one of Victoria's beautiful natural landscapes. With so much to see and discover, its rich history has played an important role in shaping the early settlement, quarantine and defence of Victoria. The park has outstanding coastal scenery and panoramic views of Bass Strait, the Rip and Port Phillip Bay. Explore the military forts and tunnels, discover the historic Quarantine Station, view the memorial where Prime Minister Harold Holt went missing or simply enjoy the coastal surrounds. Visitors can park at the Quarantine Station or alternatively park at Gunners Cottage and walk or cycle the 2.6 kilometers to Fort Nepean. Bikes can be hired from the Point Nepean Information Centre. An all-terrain beach wheelchair can be borrowed for free and booked by contacting the Information Centre. A hop on hop off shuttle operates from 10:30am to 4:00pm daily between Quarantine Station and Fort Nepean (tickets can be purchased from the shuttle bus). Point Nepean is located 90km from Melbourne. In addition to car access, public transport options include a train service from Melbourne to Frankston followed by a bus to Portsea. From the other side of Port Phillip Bay, the Queenscliff to Sorrento ferry operates on the hour from 7am to 6pm (with extended summer hours).
Point Nepean National Park has some incredible history. It is claimed for instance that the Gun implacement at the entrance to Port Phillip bay and contained within the Park fired the first allied shots of WW1 and WW2.
The Landscape is stark, windswept but beautiful. The remnants of the old Fort are fascinating as is the Quarantine Station. Well worth a visit.
4.5 based on 7 reviews
Ideally located as a gateway to the Mornington Peninsula, the Blairgowrie Safe Boat Harbour is the perfect destination for your next boating holiday. All berths have access to water and power plus harbour repairs and maintenance services including slipping & lifting is available.
Beautiful sunny day, looking for some help on boats... asked for help and was directed to 'the real sailors' on the deck. Great help, informative, friendly. Private function on inside which looked very professional. Will definitely revisit. Thank you from the RGYC girl...
4.5 based on 106 reviews
The sand is coarse but there is plenty of it and the water is clean. Beware of the surf especially at high tide - we have seen towels engulfed by rogue waves. The good news with this beach is that at low tide there is a rock shelf and pool that while deep provides a protected swimming area. There is parking but you don't want to miss out.
5 based on 1 reviews
Such a beautiful place to sit and enjoy. The sounds and smell is captivating and the sight is amazing. Fantastic beautiful ocean beach in Blairgowrie.
4.5 based on 80 reviews
Walking through the Fort Nepean area was great! From the quarantine areas, to the Cemeteries and tracks, it is a beautiful walk that is educational too. The walk up to the fort is a few kilometres long and quite hilly. I took 8 kids ranging from 8-17 years and they were all tired and hungry at the end :) However, going through the tunnels and brushing up on our 18-20th century Australian history was worth it. Note that you can pay for a one-way or return bus fare for a small cost, which picks up/drops off at the bottom car park. There were many people using this option (which would be wise on a hot day). The rest of us choose to walk/run down and enjoy the sites of the Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait. We enjoyed the gorgeous views and looking at the native fauna. Great family day out and will definitely go again!
4.5 based on 68 reviews
From the moment you arrive the experience is exceptional from shopping in a Maserati to a magical food experience to top Quality staff like Olivia and Paulinka who make every effort to make you feel marvellous the magic never stops from Jason Kouchak on piano to the hotel managers who never stop being involved in your experience
The rooms are quaint but have first class coffee machines Italian style
Heated towel racks do you get the message yet !!
It's fabulous highly recommended
4.5 based on 8 reviews
Take the Beach road out of Nelson, and turn left towards Ocean Beach. Shortly the road ends in a small car park. Take the easy path out the back of the car park, part way paved and partly with wooden slats. There are a few steps but nothing strenuous. In about 300m you reach a lookout where you get a good view of the beach, then the path drops down to the wide sands of the beach.
The signs say no swimming due to strong currents, but there is lots and lots of sand stretching as far as you can see in either direction. Great for a walk along the beach.
4.5 based on 54 reviews
Broad expanse of beach with good Surfing waves, but dangerous rip tides (Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared swimming here in 1967).
Swimming at Portsea Beach is not for the feint-hearted nor weak swimmers. The surf conditions are often rough and treacherous. The beach sand is pristine and a good place to relax. It is within a short walk of the car park.
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