Portsea has one of Australia’s most expensive postcodes, and the clifftop mansions exude luxury and style on a very grand scale. You can catch glimpses on the Millionaire’s Walk along the clifftops of Portsea and Sorrento, but the better vantage points are from the sea. Peninsula Searoad has ferries running between Sorrento and Queenscliff on the hour every hour during daylight hours, and there’s a great view of the mansions, gardens, tennis courts and private jetties.
The Portsea Hotel is a famous local watering hole, and has long been the pub of choice for local residents and holidaymakers who sit in the beer garden on a sunny day just a few steps from the beach. The hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers country style accommodation.
Portsea is almost at the tip of the Mornington Peninsula, and has a wild ocean beach as well as its more sheltered beach on Port Phillip Bay. Watersports are big-time here, with surfing on the back beach, and swimming and snorkelling around Portsea Pier on the front beach. There are lots of dive operators here, including Bayplay Tours which conduct sea kayaking, bike riding, snorkelling and learn to dive courses.
Point Nepean, which was closed to the public for more than 100 years, is now a magnificent place to walk, cycle and explore military fortifications and history that dates back to the 19th century. Another local landmark is the Portsea Golf Club, a links-style course set amongst rolling sand dunes adjacent to Point Nepean National Park.