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Bookabreak’s guidebook

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Bookabreak’s guidebook

Neighborhoods
Blairgowrie is a delightful coastal town on the Mornington Peninsula, nestled between Rye and Sorrento. A favourite amongst holidaymakers looking for a more relaxed option than the hustle of neighbouring destinations like Portsea and Sorrento, Blairgowrie has a small but prominent commercial hub of trendy cafes, gift shops and a boutique supermarket, all of which are popular amongst locals and visitors alike. Blairgowrie Village is also where bookabreak.com.au’s Mornington Peninsula representatives are located. Hosting some of the Mornington Peninsula’s best beaches, Blairgowrie is positioned facing Port Phillip Bay in the north and Bass Strait in the south. Calm and safe sandy beaches front onto Port Phillip which are popular with families, and on the opposite side a number of the top ocean beaches in the state of Victoria can be found, featuring striking cliff and sand dune walking trails, and is where little coves, reefs and the stunning Mornington Peninsula National Park meets the blue waters of the Southern Ocean. Blairgowrie is also home to the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, which can be accessed by both holidaymakers and local resident members. The club has a very active boating program and provides a strong junior sail training program. There are also a number of small sand boat ramps which can be accessed in Blairgowrie, making it ideal for enthusiastic boaters and sailors.
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Blairgowrie
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Blairgowrie is a delightful coastal town on the Mornington Peninsula, nestled between Rye and Sorrento. A favourite amongst holidaymakers looking for a more relaxed option than the hustle of neighbouring destinations like Portsea and Sorrento, Blairgowrie has a small but prominent commercial hub of trendy cafes, gift shops and a boutique supermarket, all of which are popular amongst locals and visitors alike. Blairgowrie Village is also where bookabreak.com.au’s Mornington Peninsula representatives are located. Hosting some of the Mornington Peninsula’s best beaches, Blairgowrie is positioned facing Port Phillip Bay in the north and Bass Strait in the south. Calm and safe sandy beaches front onto Port Phillip which are popular with families, and on the opposite side a number of the top ocean beaches in the state of Victoria can be found, featuring striking cliff and sand dune walking trails, and is where little coves, reefs and the stunning Mornington Peninsula National Park meets the blue waters of the Southern Ocean. Blairgowrie is also home to the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, which can be accessed by both holidaymakers and local resident members. The club has a very active boating program and provides a strong junior sail training program. There are also a number of small sand boat ramps which can be accessed in Blairgowrie, making it ideal for enthusiastic boaters and sailors.
Sorrento is a very popular tourist destination on the Mornington Peninsula, located after Blairgowrie and before Portsea, just 90 minutes from Melbourne CBD. The cosmopolitan village is famous for its quaint heritage designer label boutiques, galleries, cafes, furniture and homeware stores. The iconic Sorrento Hotel with stunning views of the bay boasts some of the best pub food on the Peninsula. The beaches of Sorrento are as equally famous as the village, being on the narrow part of the Peninsula and featuring the contrasting front and back beaches. Looking out to Port Phillip Bay on the north side, Sorrento front beach features a lovely foreshore, and the iconic Sorrento Pier, which links the Mornington Peninsula with Queenscliff via the passenger and car ferry. Sorrento Back Beach, on the south side of the village, is a spectacular ocean with safe swimming areas looking out onto Bass Strait. There are a number of stunning walking tracks which wind both along the foreshore and into the hills and native bushland. Sorrento is a beautiful coastal town, and a great central location to holiday on the Mornington Peninsula. In contrast to its neighbouring suburbs, Sorrento has many apartments to rent, if this is the accommodation preference over holiday homes, of which it also has an abundance.
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Sorrento
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Sorrento is a very popular tourist destination on the Mornington Peninsula, located after Blairgowrie and before Portsea, just 90 minutes from Melbourne CBD. The cosmopolitan village is famous for its quaint heritage designer label boutiques, galleries, cafes, furniture and homeware stores. The iconic Sorrento Hotel with stunning views of the bay boasts some of the best pub food on the Peninsula. The beaches of Sorrento are as equally famous as the village, being on the narrow part of the Peninsula and featuring the contrasting front and back beaches. Looking out to Port Phillip Bay on the north side, Sorrento front beach features a lovely foreshore, and the iconic Sorrento Pier, which links the Mornington Peninsula with Queenscliff via the passenger and car ferry. Sorrento Back Beach, on the south side of the village, is a spectacular ocean with safe swimming areas looking out onto Bass Strait. There are a number of stunning walking tracks which wind both along the foreshore and into the hills and native bushland. Sorrento is a beautiful coastal town, and a great central location to holiday on the Mornington Peninsula. In contrast to its neighbouring suburbs, Sorrento has many apartments to rent, if this is the accommodation preference over holiday homes, of which it also has an abundance.
The popular coastal town of Rye is situated on Mornington Peninsula, nestled between Rosebud and Blairgowrie. An expansive suburb, it has a main thoroughfare running parallel to the town’s bay beach featuring a variety of eateries, shops and a large supermarket, and then it expands southwards across the narrow width of the Mornington Peninsula down to the coastline fronting the open waters of Bass Strait. The Mornington Peninsula National Park spans the foreshore here, consisting of scenic walking tracks, rocky coastal features, dunes and pockets of sandy beach. Rye also has a number of properties of significant acreage nestled in between the front and back beaches, one of which is the Peninsula Hot Springs. The perfect spot for relaxing and rejuvenating, the experience of bathing in the healing waters in the mineral-rich thermal baths and pools should not be missed when visiting Rye. Rye’s main beach, fronting Port Phillip Bay, offers safe sandy beaches, ideal for swimming and boating. There is a jetty, several boat ramps, and attractive foreshore facilities with picnic areas, shelters, playgrounds and walking tracks. There are some excellent holiday rentals to be found in Rye, to satisfy any budget.
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Rye
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The popular coastal town of Rye is situated on Mornington Peninsula, nestled between Rosebud and Blairgowrie. An expansive suburb, it has a main thoroughfare running parallel to the town’s bay beach featuring a variety of eateries, shops and a large supermarket, and then it expands southwards across the narrow width of the Mornington Peninsula down to the coastline fronting the open waters of Bass Strait. The Mornington Peninsula National Park spans the foreshore here, consisting of scenic walking tracks, rocky coastal features, dunes and pockets of sandy beach. Rye also has a number of properties of significant acreage nestled in between the front and back beaches, one of which is the Peninsula Hot Springs. The perfect spot for relaxing and rejuvenating, the experience of bathing in the healing waters in the mineral-rich thermal baths and pools should not be missed when visiting Rye. Rye’s main beach, fronting Port Phillip Bay, offers safe sandy beaches, ideal for swimming and boating. There is a jetty, several boat ramps, and attractive foreshore facilities with picnic areas, shelters, playgrounds and walking tracks. There are some excellent holiday rentals to be found in Rye, to satisfy any budget.
The prestigious seaside township of Portsea is located at the tip of the Mornington Peninsula. A fantastic coastal location to holiday, Portsea features stunning scenic beaches and striking coastal walks and, being an easy 90 minutes drive from Melbourne CBD, it is where many of Melbourne’s most affluent have positioned weekenders and holiday homes. Bordering the Point Nepean National Park, Portsea’s position boasts the uniqueness of having contrasting beachfronts, with both the calm clear waters of Port Phillip Bay at the front, and the roaring ocean beaches of Portsea Back Beach. There is so much to do, see and explore in Portsea. Take in the historical significance of Fort Nepean, with its fascinating labyrinth of nineteen century tunnels and forts, or visit the Quarantine Station, both of which were part of an army base which was initially off limits to the public. Take a peek at how the other half live by strolling “Millionaire’s Walk” along the clifftop to get a glimpse into the most imposing mansions, or explore peaceful bays, wild coastlines and tranquil bush in one of the very many other walks Portsea has to offer. Enjoy a long lunch or relax on the lawn at the newly refurbished iconic Portsea Hotel, which overlooks the grand and historic Portsea Pier and beyond, or experience an abundance of water-based activities including surfing the ocean beaches, learning to dive, touring the bay by jetski or exploring the reefs and coastal wrecks by boat.
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Portsea
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The prestigious seaside township of Portsea is located at the tip of the Mornington Peninsula. A fantastic coastal location to holiday, Portsea features stunning scenic beaches and striking coastal walks and, being an easy 90 minutes drive from Melbourne CBD, it is where many of Melbourne’s most affluent have positioned weekenders and holiday homes. Bordering the Point Nepean National Park, Portsea’s position boasts the uniqueness of having contrasting beachfronts, with both the calm clear waters of Port Phillip Bay at the front, and the roaring ocean beaches of Portsea Back Beach. There is so much to do, see and explore in Portsea. Take in the historical significance of Fort Nepean, with its fascinating labyrinth of nineteen century tunnels and forts, or visit the Quarantine Station, both of which were part of an army base which was initially off limits to the public. Take a peek at how the other half live by strolling “Millionaire’s Walk” along the clifftop to get a glimpse into the most imposing mansions, or explore peaceful bays, wild coastlines and tranquil bush in one of the very many other walks Portsea has to offer. Enjoy a long lunch or relax on the lawn at the newly refurbished iconic Portsea Hotel, which overlooks the grand and historic Portsea Pier and beyond, or experience an abundance of water-based activities including surfing the ocean beaches, learning to dive, touring the bay by jetski or exploring the reefs and coastal wrecks by boat.
Food scene
relax outside in the sun, settle on our deck with a glass of our best and watch the dusk fall over the Bay. Whether a couple out for an intimate date, or a group celebrating a special event, Saint Ernest is the place to do it.
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Saint Ernest
2827 Point Nepean Rd
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relax outside in the sun, settle on our deck with a glass of our best and watch the dusk fall over the Bay. Whether a couple out for an intimate date, or a group celebrating a special event, Saint Ernest is the place to do it.
A great place to take the kids for lunch or coffee. Suitable for large groups when the weather is good.
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Blairgowrie Cafe
2837 Point Nepean Rd
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A great place to take the kids for lunch or coffee. Suitable for large groups when the weather is good.
Panda Blairgowrie is fashioned around the simple concept of sharing. The sharing of food, wine, laughter and good vibes was the main motivation when creating both the fit out of the venue, along with the menus. Transforming the existing modest Indian restaurant into a café and dining room, the other main influences in the venue are natural products and sustainability. Panda consists of a main dining room and has the added addition of a rear courtyard, along with a separate outdoor seating area at the front. Surrounded by greenery, the menu is inspired by seasonal and local produce. Panda Blairgowrie is situated just over an hour from Melbourne and is located on one of Australia’s most celebrated regions, the Mornington Peninsula. This is where we source as much of our produce as possible, for both our café and dining menu, along with our Peninsula inspired beverage list.
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Panda Blairgowrie
2871 Point Nepean Rd
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Panda Blairgowrie is fashioned around the simple concept of sharing. The sharing of food, wine, laughter and good vibes was the main motivation when creating both the fit out of the venue, along with the menus. Transforming the existing modest Indian restaurant into a café and dining room, the other main influences in the venue are natural products and sustainability. Panda consists of a main dining room and has the added addition of a rear courtyard, along with a separate outdoor seating area at the front. Surrounded by greenery, the menu is inspired by seasonal and local produce. Panda Blairgowrie is situated just over an hour from Melbourne and is located on one of Australia’s most celebrated regions, the Mornington Peninsula. This is where we source as much of our produce as possible, for both our café and dining menu, along with our Peninsula inspired beverage list.
Handcrafted delicious ice creams and dairy free sorbets!
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Mubble
69 Ocean Beach Rd
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Handcrafted delicious ice creams and dairy free sorbets!
This venue is located opposite the Sorrento Bay Beach, was totally re-vamped last Summer with an all white and coastal fit-out, and has a new menu to match full of fish and chips and delicious burgers topped off with good range of local and imported beers, wine and spirits. Great for large groups but make sure to book ahead! This place gets busy.
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Morgan's Sorrento
3 Esplanade
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This venue is located opposite the Sorrento Bay Beach, was totally re-vamped last Summer with an all white and coastal fit-out, and has a new menu to match full of fish and chips and delicious burgers topped off with good range of local and imported beers, wine and spirits. Great for large groups but make sure to book ahead! This place gets busy.
Located at the South end of Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento. This venue offers tasty food without the price tag. Child friendly!
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Mr Morce - Sorrento
182 Ocean Beach Rd
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Located at the South end of Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento. This venue offers tasty food without the price tag. Child friendly!
Beautiful small venue with amazing italian food. Romantic. Perfect for couples or adults only.
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Del Posto 2409
2409 Point Nepean Rd
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Beautiful small venue with amazing italian food. Romantic. Perfect for couples or adults only.
Golf Courses
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The Dunes Golf Links
335 Browns Road
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St Andrews Beach Golf Course
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Cinemas
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Peninsula Cinemas Sorrento
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Peninsula Cinemas Rosebud
30 Rosebud Parade
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Nightlife
Over the warmer months, this place is buzzing basically every night of the week. In particular, the bar called ' Salt' which is separate from the Main Bar is an open air bar perfect for a few cocktails with friends. It's got a great vibe as the sun sets over the south.
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Hotel Sorrento Restaurant
5-15 Hotham Rd
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Over the warmer months, this place is buzzing basically every night of the week. In particular, the bar called ' Salt' which is separate from the Main Bar is an open air bar perfect for a few cocktails with friends. It's got a great vibe as the sun sets over the south.
Sightseeing
Private residences line the pathway of this cliffside walk with sweeping ocean views & art displays.
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Millionaire's Walk
3498A Point Nepean Rd
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Private residences line the pathway of this cliffside walk with sweeping ocean views & art displays.
National park with historic forts & a visitor centre, plus bike hire, walking tracks & beach access.
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Point Nepean National Park
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National park with historic forts & a visitor centre, plus bike hire, walking tracks & beach access.
Compact sandy beach nestled below a rocky bluff & offering a surfing break.
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Diamond Bay
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Compact sandy beach nestled below a rocky bluff & offering a surfing break.
Historical & Sightseeing
In the heart of Sorrento, Nepean Historical Society's museum and the nearby original Limeburner's Cottage will take you back to the beginnings of Sorrento. Through images and artefacts, the museum tells many fascinating stories. Learn about the first European settlement on Port Phillip in 1803 by Lieutenant Colonel David Collins arriving on the Calcutta bringing convicts and their families. Learn fascinating stories of the Boon Wurrung people and convict, William Buckley, who escaped from the settlement and lived with the indigenous people for 33 years. Watch video of ferries in the 1880s bringing thousands of tourists from Melbourne and the steam trams running up the main street to the ocean beach. See artifacts from many ships wrecked at the treacherous Heads. Examine up close a special figurehead from one of the wrecks.
Sorrento Museum
840 Melbourne Rd
In the heart of Sorrento, Nepean Historical Society's museum and the nearby original Limeburner's Cottage will take you back to the beginnings of Sorrento. Through images and artefacts, the museum tells many fascinating stories. Learn about the first European settlement on Port Phillip in 1803 by Lieutenant Colonel David Collins arriving on the Calcutta bringing convicts and their families. Learn fascinating stories of the Boon Wurrung people and convict, William Buckley, who escaped from the settlement and lived with the indigenous people for 33 years. Watch video of ferries in the 1880s bringing thousands of tourists from Melbourne and the steam trams running up the main street to the ocean beach. See artifacts from many ships wrecked at the treacherous Heads. Examine up close a special figurehead from one of the wrecks.
Archaeological site where the British first tried to colonize Victoria, with a history exhibit. At the beginning of the 19th century, the British government decided to establish a settlement at Port Phillip and Sullivan Bay was chosen because of its strategic location near the entrance of the Bay. The settlement is significant because it was the first attempt to settle Europeans permanently in what is now Victoria. A small part of Collins Settlement Historic Site was acquired in 1982 by the State Governement, with the help of public donations. Friends of Collins Settlement Sorrento Inc. assist with managing the area. Things to see and do - Explore the revegetated area and absorb the history of Victoria's first settlement - Visit the Nepean Historical Society Museum in Sorrento
Collins Settlement
Archaeological site where the British first tried to colonize Victoria, with a history exhibit. At the beginning of the 19th century, the British government decided to establish a settlement at Port Phillip and Sullivan Bay was chosen because of its strategic location near the entrance of the Bay. The settlement is significant because it was the first attempt to settle Europeans permanently in what is now Victoria. A small part of Collins Settlement Historic Site was acquired in 1982 by the State Governement, with the help of public donations. Friends of Collins Settlement Sorrento Inc. assist with managing the area. Things to see and do - Explore the revegetated area and absorb the history of Victoria's first settlement - Visit the Nepean Historical Society Museum in Sorrento