Side Trip From Melbourne : Mornington & Sorrento

I visited Melbourne during the 2014 Australian Grand Prix.  It was a short 3 days stay mainly to attend the race.  As we had a car, we decided to drive out and explore Mornington Peninsula which is located south-east of Melbourne.   We set off just after 9am from Melbourne and arrived at Mornington a little over an hour later.

I read about the Mornington Street Market on the Main Street, so that was our first stop.  However as we were early, some stalls were still being set up.

Main Street, Mornington

This almost 30 year old market is held every Wednesday selling home grown produce and plants, homemade arts and crafts and home-cooked or home made food.

Stall selling homegrown fresh produce

Colourful plants & flowers to attract shoppers

Though the market is touted as the longest running street market in Victoria, I expected it to be bigger with more stalls and visitors.  Having said that, it was still quite enjoyable to walk around and browse the stalls with their colourful wares.

Stalls selling clothes & accessories are also available

Personalized cards for sale

We then walked along the Main Street towards the beach and took in some of the historical buildings and landmarks.

The Grand Hotel built in 1892 was originally The Grand Coffee Palace to promote alcohol free hotels

Old Mornington Post Office, now a museum houses displays and photos of old Mornington

A bronze cast to commemorate 150th year of Mornington township

Monument built in memory of the 15 Mornington Football Club players that perished from a boat accident in 1892

At the end of Main Street, visitors can take a stroll on its white sandy beach or go to the lookout at Schnapper Point.

Schnapper Point lookout and Mornington Yacht Club

Monument to commemorate the landing of HMS Investigator in 1802 at Schnapper Point

We left Mornington after lunch to make our way to Sorrento, a scenic seaside town popular with day trippers for its beaches, cafes, shops and boutiques.

We parked our car on the Ocean Beach Road and made our way to Sorrento Front Beach where we had some fun feeding the seagulls and watching the Searoad Ferries coming in from Queenscliff.

These seagulls were really fierce!!

Seafroad Ferries is a vehicle and passenger ferry service between Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula and Sorrento

As the weather was great, we decided to walk to the sea on the jetty.  While at the jetty we saw cyclists on the beach and a private function at The Baths Restaurant.

Jetty at Sorrento Front Beach

More seagulls enjoying the sea breeze and sunshine

A group of cyclists on the beach

Finally we made our way back to the town centre.  We strolled along Ocean Beach Road and happily snapped photos of the town’s landmarks such as the historical Continental Hotel and Stringer’s Stores.

The historical Continental Hotel built in 1875 by George Coppin. He is said to have developed much of Sorrento

Stringer’s Stores were built as a single-storey, limestone building in 1886 and and a second storey was added in 1894-95

Before leaving, we made a short stop at Sorrento Ocean Beach (Back Beach) where the sea is rougher with big waves – a surfers’ paradise!




One response to “Side Trip From Melbourne : Mornington & Sorrento

  1. Very nicely written peice on travel experinece of Mornington & Sorrento. Thanks Anoccasional Traveller for sharing this post. I am sure this short day trip must have been exciting and not to miss the beautiful environment. Mornington Main street highlighted in the post is also interesting as nobody will get bored visting the markets and historical buildings and landmarks. Sorrento also looks like a relaxing place with its serene beaches and the beauty of seagulls. It definely offers some spendid views from Seafroad Ferries.

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