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Sorrento QLD


Postcode: 4217

Sorrento is a popular and attractive seaside settlement of 1500 people located 91 km south-west of Melbourne, near the western tip of the Mornington Peninsula. In summer it is transformed from a relatively quiet village to a frenetic and fashionable holiday resort. Sorrento offers good beaches, some excellent scenic walks, a range of accommodation, historic buildings and sites, dolphin-watching cruises and ferry trips across to Queenscliff. As is the case with many seaside resorts, the main street has a casual playful feel and it boasts a number of shops designed to attract the leisure time (and money) of holidaymakers – pubs, bistros, coffee shops, restaurants, pancake parlours, ice-creameries, sidewalk cafes, boutiques and galleries.

Given its location it is not surprising that in the subsequent century Sorrento has continued along the holiday-making path laid down for it by Coppin. The Sorrento Craft Market is held on the fourth Saturday of the month from September to April. The Sorrento Art Festival is held in January and the Sorrento Street Festival in March.