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.
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.
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.
We then walked along the Main Street towards the beach and took in some of the historical buildings and landmarks.
At the end of Main Street, visitors can take a stroll on its white sandy beach or go to the lookout 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.
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.
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.
Before leaving, we made a short stop at Sorrento Ocean Beach (Back Beach) where the sea is rougher with big waves – a surfers’ paradise!