A weekend in Sorrento
Updated: Jan 21, 2019
A few weekends ago, we flew to Melbourne to celebrate my mum’s birthday. While not a “milestone” birthday, she wanted to do something special with the whole family. So, she rented a clifftop house and we headed down the Mornington Peninsula for the weekend.
For the highlights, see below. For my full weekend, read-on!
My “must do” things while in Sorrento?
Millionaire’s Walk (who doesn’t love having a peak at incredible houses?)
Visit the boutique stores
Spend time enjoying the views
Chill out on a quiet beach, like Point King
Get out of Sorrento and visit the neighbouring towns
Go to the back beach and enjoy the very different views
Our weekend away
Waking up at 5am in Sydney, we headed to the domestic airport to catch our Sydney-Melbourne Qantas flight. The great thing about flying Qantas (which we don’t do regularly), is that your ticket includes baggage (if you need it), a beverage and a meal! Given that we’d been up since 5am, the complementary coffee and breakfast was much appreciated. The coffee was nice but unfortunately the ham and cheese toastie was really average, despite smelling delicious!
Once we landed, we bought two Skybus tickets, caught the express bus to Southern Cross Station, then transferred to the train to take us to mum’s. After stopping for our second coffee, we hit the road to start our beach weekend.
The beach house was situated on the clifftop along Millionaire’s Walk, with some of the most incredible views over the bay.
The house itself featured 1 bedroom upstairs with ensuite and amazing views, and 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and two living areas downstairs.
I love Sorrento. It has a beautiful, peaceful village atmosphere with boutique shops, trendy cafes and good spots for people watching. You can easily spend a few hours trawling the clothing, shoe and homeware stores, before stopping at a café or restaurant for lunch and a visit to the beach.
We ventured out of Sorrento in search of a cake (which was a lot harder to find than you might think!) and stopped in Blairgowrie for a snack and a glass (or two) of wine at Saint Ernest.
Sorrento and Portsea have always been the two most desirable locations to vacation along the Mornington Peninsula. However, in recent years, neighbouring Blairgowrie and Rye have been catching up. With trendy new cafes, shops and spots opening up and beautiful stretches of beach, there are more options for holidaymakers along the Mornington Peninsula.
The following day, we woke up early, enjoyed the incredible bay views, grabbed a coffee and went for a walk along Millionaire’s Walk. If you’re visiting Sorrento, I highly recommend this walk! As well as enjoying the bay views along the clifftop walk, you also have an opportunity to peek into the beautiful mansions and their gardens. We stayed in one of these properties.
The walk also takes you down to Point King Beach, a beautiful peaceful spot with cute little boathouses.
For mum's birthday lunch, we went to a delicious Italian restaurant, Italico. The pizza was great but the gnocchi was far too chewy.
The rest of the weekend was spent just relaxing, enjoying the views and some family time.