Both seaside villages have very popular white sand beaches, and so are a real drawcard for families. Blairgowrie has a small shopping centre right opposite the beach, and as the Peninsula slims down to a very thin stretch of land here, it’s a quick drive through to Koonya ocean beach.
Sorrento is a beautiful village which has retained much of its heritage in the form of mellow limestone buildings such as the noted Hotel Sorrento. The shopping in Sorrento’s main street is very stylish and sophisticated, with more than 60 retail outlets including boutiques, interior design stores, galleries and antique outlets. Naturally, the cafes, local produce stores and designer icecream are superb.
Indulgence and recreation are local passions, with a number of beauty, health and wellness spas. The large marine complex is home to Peninsula Searoad ferries, which ply back and forth to Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula, and to many aquatic tours including fishing charters. You can book with Moonraker Dolphin Swims and Polperro Dolphin Swims, then head out to Port Phillip Bay to meet the playful fur seals and bottle nosed dolphins.
Back on dry land is the Sorrento Golf Club, with challenging play and a beautiful clubhouse.