Escape To Sorrento - Boonwurrung Country - Visit Mornington Peninsula

Escape To Sorrento - Boonwurrung Country

Exploring the spectacle that is Sorrento as part of a three-day, the two-night itinerary is an experience that leaves plenty of room for relaxation, adventure and fascination.

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Designed for a couple to enjoy, this itinerary weaves its way through the fabric of Sorrento; its spirit, its attractions and its vibrant community. Find inviting dining settings and lap up luxury at superb seaside accommodation. Spend time soaking in the beauty of the great outdoors on a coastal walk and immerse in an eclectic gallery scene.

Hand in hand with your special someone, discover why Sorrento is ideally suited to the couple seeking an undeniably memorable beachside getaway.

How To Get To Sorrento

Searoad Ferries

Make a grand entrance aboard the iconic car and passenger ferry as it completes the 40-minute smooth sailing voyage from Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula. Choosing Searoad Ferries to travel across the Bay is an exciting way to start your getaway here in Sorrento.

Searoad Ferries Travel Across the Bay

Price:

  • $75+ one way, including vehicle
  • $16 per adult, one way, no vehicle

Bookings: Via Searoad Ferries

Mornington Peninsula Freeway

Following the Mornington Peninsula Freeway is a straightforward route for travelling to Sorrento. From Boneo (where the Freeway ends), it’s a scenic, relaxed drive to reach Sorrento along Point Nepean Road. Visitors can also choose to take Melbourne Road, which begins in Rye.

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It’s essential to be road safe when travelling to and from Sorrento. Take your time and take a break when you need to. Mornington Peninsula villages are great places to pull over and recharge with a bite. There are also various Pause Stop pop-up sites located throughout the region. Plan for your visit to the Mornington Peninsula, and take care on the roads at all times.

DAY 1

Arrival: Late morning, approx noon.

Afternoon

Lunch With A View

If there was one distinctive way to begin your Sorrento escape, lunch at the beachside venue of The Baths is a delightful decision to make. Book a table for two, and let the eyes gaze out the windows to the sweeping beach and Bay views.

Inside the Baths
The Baths

Duration: 1-2hrs
Price: 2 courses $65 pp, 3 courses $75 pp
Bookings: Via The Baths

Scenic Strolls

After dining at The Baths, you’ll be perfectly positioned to take a relaxed stroll along Sorrento Front Beach. If you are looking for something with a bit more oomph, the Coppins Walk Track invites you to explore more of Sorrento's striking ocean beaches. This route between Diamond Bay and Sorrento Ocean Beach has numerous lookout points to stop and admire the sights. If time permits, explore the amazing rock pools at Sorrento Ocean Beach.

Duration: 15 mins-1hr
Travel Distance:
The Baths to Sorrento Front Beach: 0 mins
The Baths to Diamond Bay/Sorrento Ocean Beach: 5 mins (drive), 25-30 mins (walk)

A Luxurious Check In

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Depending on where you go for the afternoon wander, you’ll also want to make time in the day to check into your accommodation. And here, the choice is yours! The Intercontinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula is reimagined seaside glamour at its best. For a fully self-contained experience, book in for the two nights at Carmel at Sorrento. As you’ll soon discover, these accommodation settings are in a prime position to explore more of Sorrento, with top attractions and eateries only steps or a short drive away.

Carmel At Sorrento accommodation place to stay apartment

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FUN FACT: The building of The Continental Sorrento is said to be the largest limestone structure in the Southern Hemisphere!

Price: $400-500 per night. Please note rates for accommodation change seasonally.

Bookings: 

Evening

Dine And Be Delighted

No attraction, says Sorrento, quite like the iconic Hotel Sorrento. The limestone building here has been proudly standing as the heartbeat of the community since 1872 and offers a selection of memorable dining experiences. For tonight’s dinner, book in at the on-site dining room. Clink a drink (or two) and tuck into a delicious menu inspired by pub classics. Otherwise, for those keen to enjoy authentic Cantonese cuisine, Shihuishi is the place to go.

Hotel Sorrento


Duration: 1-2hrs
Price: Average $35 per main (Dining Room), $38 per large plate (Shihuishi)
Bookings: Via Hotel Sorrento
Travel Distance: Intercontinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula/Carmel at Sorrento to Hotel Sorrento: 7-10 mins (walk)

DAY 2

Morning

Gallery Explorations

Love your art? You and your significant other will surely be impressed by the artistic locales on Ocean Beach Road. First, pop into Manyung Gallery Sorrento and be inspired by a kaleidoscope of colour. It's only a short wander along the footpath to & Gallery Australia, showcasing artworks from mid-career to senior artists.

Manyung Gallery

Duration: 30 mins -1hr

Coffee Please!

No morning is complete without coffee. Whether you’ve finished browsing the galleries or need a short break, plenty of places serve up the needed pick-me-up. Flat Blk is a favourite for the locals!

Duration: 15-30 mins

Time To Relax

With the afternoon on the horizon, book in for a rejuvenating hour or two at Aurora Spa & Bathhouse. Choose from the extensive spa treatment menu; a massage or facial sounds extra tempting! Indulge in complete relaxation and renewal moments.

Duration: 1hr +
Price: $80+ pp, per experience
Bookings: Via Aurora Spa & Bathhouse
Travel Distance Manyung Gallery & Gallery Australia, Flat Blk and Aurora Spa & Bathhouse are all located within a 2-5 minute walking distance.

Afternoon

Refresh In The Open Air

Feeling completely relaxed from your spa and bathhouse experience, continue enjoying a calm and slow pace into the afternoon. After a quick stopover at your accommodation, it’s time to head back out into the great outdoors. Pop on your walking shoes and enjoy a gentle wander through Sorrento Park. The scenery here takes the form of lush gardens and panoramic vistas stretching across the Bay.

Duration: 30 mins - 1hr
Travel Distance Intercontinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula/Carmel at Sorrento to Sorrento Park: 8-10 mins (walk)

Evening

Something Exquisite

Audreys The Continental fine dining Sorrento

Tonight’s dinner is something to particularly look forward to. You’ll be spellbound at every moment throughout the oceanic-inspired fine dining experience that is Audrey’s. Choose to journey through a set menu or a 3-course choice menu (depending on the day). Lap up sweeping views across Sorrento town and beyond to the Bay while you dine. And find comfort in luxurious fittings and the light-filled setting.

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Duration: 1.5-2.5hrs
Price: Set menu $170 pp, 3-course menu $110 pp 
Bookings: Via Audrey’s

DAY 3

Morning

An Iconic Adventure

Moonraker Dolphin Swims with seals Sorrento

Moonraker Dolphin Swims

Start early this morning and join the expert and local tour operators at Moonraker Dolphin Swims for an epic adventure out on the Bay. If you’re up for the ultimate thrill, make a splash and swim alongside the beautiful marine creatures who call the region home. Not keen to get in the water? No worries! Opt for a sightseeing cruise and witness the magic from the comfort of the team’s purpose-built boat.

Duration: 1.5hrs +
Price: $65+ pp, per experience
Bookings: Via Moonraker Dolphin Swims
Travel Distance Intercontinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula/Carmel at Sorrento to Moonraker Dolphin Swims: 8-12 mins (walk)

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Explore Even More

With the iconic dolphin swim experiences taking a break during the colder months, you’ll want something to add to the itinerary if visiting Sorrento in winter.

Alba Thermal Springs and Spa Peninsula Hot Springs

One of the greatest benefits of Sorrento’s location is its proximity to other superb attractions on the Mornington Peninsula. This morning, bathe and immerse in the thermal waters at the newly launched Alba Thermal Springs & Spa. This leading wellness destination is located close by in Fingal!

Duration: 1.5hrs +
Price: $75+ pp, thermal springs
Bookings: Via Alba Thermal Springs & Spa
Travel Distance Sorrento to Alba Thermal Springs & Spa: 15 mins (drive)

Afternoon

Laid-Back Brunch/Lunch

Stringers Cafe in Sorrento a place to dine casually

Finding a place to chill outside and enjoy a bite is easily done in Sorrento. Smashing Sorrento, Buckley Sorrento, and Baked In Sorrento serve up much in the way of sweet and savoury deliciousness. For the super eager sweet tooths, visiting The Vanilla Slice Cafe for a post-lunch treat is well worth visiting! A taste of their famous Vanilla Slice will leave you wanting more. Positioned on the Esplanade, Itali.Co Sorrento has all your favourite Italian-inspired flavours in the form of pizza and pasta. Wanting to stay late into the afternoon? A charcuterie out the back of Stringers Sorrento is the perfect way to wrap up the getaway with your better half.

Duration: 45 mins - 1hr

Departure: Late afternoon, 4-5 pm.

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Distinctive dining experiences are located by the Bay and within iconic Sorrento landmarks.
  • Amazing marine wildlife encounters with the Burrunan Dolphins, Australian Fur Seals and more!
  • Effortless indulgence at a recently launched Spa and Bathhouse.
  • Spectacular views and fresh sea air on an array of coastal-inspired walking routes.
  • Unique experiences with memories to last a lifetime.

DON’T MISS:

  • Did you know Sorrento was once home to a tramline? It was during the late 1800s when passengers could make the trip from Sorrento’s Front Beach to Back Beach. While the tram no longer operates, visitors can check out the Sorrento Historic Steam Tram Station (located near Sorrento Pier) today.
  • Only a short drive away in Portsea, the Point Nepean National Park is one of the Mornington Peninsula’s most significant tourism sites. An 1852 Quarantine Station, military forts and tunnels, soaring coastal scenery, and much more awaits.

To explore more of Sorrento, visit the Mornington Peninsula’s regional tourism website here.

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