"Sweetberry's Sorrento Page." Sorrento by Sweetberry1

Sorrento Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 38 photos


Victoria's first settlement was in 1803, in Sorrento. 30 years before the founding of Melbourne.
It was here in Sorrento that Victoria's first European settlement was established.
The settlement was short lived due to the lack of fresh water.

Sullivans Bay was the site of the first courthouse, first public hospital, first postal service, and the first government printing office.
The first wedding, christening and funeral service were also held at Sullivan's Bay as it was the home of a camp of soldiers and convicts.

In 1835, the Tasmanian founders of Victoria bought their flocks across Bass Strait in search of new pastures, when they were greeted by a 'wild white man' William Buckley... convict and escapee from the original Sullivans Bay
Buckley had been living with Aboriginal friends and families in the western area of Port Phillip.

Sorrento's rise to fame as a seaside escape for Melbourne's rich and famous came about in the 1870's.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful seaside town, great place for a bit of R & R..
  • Cons:Can be expensive...
  • In a nutshell:Great place to visit.. and spoil yourself a bit..
  • Last visit to Sorrento: Jan 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2006 at 5:45 AM

    HaHa , I was expecting the italian Sorrento ... - but it looks nice there, and swimming with the Dolphins certainly is also great fun !

  • Kate-Me's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2005 at 5:21 PM

    Beautiful pics! Going to Sorrento & the peninsula soon....can't wait! Great tips too. Love the Dolphins & seal pics.

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2004 at 3:50 AM

    It's Fantastic! I know you're not finished yet! But I was Enthusiastic to have a look! I'll visit it again! Go for it Susie Lee!:-))

  • olja1234's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2004 at 4:27 AM

    The place looks me so familiar. I think I was there when visit Australia. Thanks Susie!

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2004 at 7:46 PM

    Looks like a great place for a day trip, or a place to get away from it all for a while.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2003 at 6:11 PM

    Really enjoy the restaurant tips. The dolphins are magnificent and swimming with them looks fun. Interesting and informative.

  • andal13's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2003 at 9:09 AM

    Swimming with dolphins... what an amazing experience! Beautiful place for a great summertime vacation.

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2003 at 8:43 PM

    wonderful additions to your page Suz... love the sunset photo as well. I'm not sure I've seen that version of the flag. I'd be going in that sweet shop with you as well :-))

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2003 at 5:26 AM

    Just a few short minutes here and I'm already relaxed!

  • Audrey118's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2003 at 7:47 PM

    Rubira is one of my favourite restaurant while they were in Melbourne city. We have only been to the Sorrento one once - it is just too far to drive out for a meal - but always remains an unforgetable one. They have the best liquor for after dinner!


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