Travel – Victoria

Country Cottages –  Banbra

Where your dog is always welcome. Bush getaway for you and your dog

1205 Winchelsea – Deans Marsh Rd,

Bambra Victoria 3241

4 Star, self contained accommodation in the Otways. 2 & 3 bedroom cottages spaced well apart, each with private securely fenced yards. One with wheelchair access.

Cosy beds, blankets and home made treats. Furniture cover sheets for the couch potatoes. Fenced paddocks for off the leash fun. Hugh fenced yabby dam for swims.

Idyllic setting for you and your dog


Visit Wombat Hill House, Wombat Hill, Royal Botanic Gardens via Central Spring Road, Daylesford 4373 0099

Breakfast and lunch Thurs – Mon

Daylesford view-conservatory Large grassed area ideal for picnics surrounded by garden with the conservatory and Cafe in the background

The Lake house is well respected restaurant and the team runs a café in these beautiful gardens. Pancakes and coffee or pasties and pinot and live music on Saturday.

Wombat botanical gardens Paths through the gardens with old trees lining the way.

Portsea – Mornington Peninsula

portsea-pub_mp_r_1232362_503x283 Portsea Pub

Portsea Hotel

Address: 3746 Point Nepean Rd, Portsea, Victoria 3944Phone: 03 5984 2213  |  Fax: 03 5984 4066  Email:




Glimpse the lifestyles of the rich and famous at Portsea’s millionaire mansions, toast local characters at the historic Portsea Pub and feel the sun on your back as you learn to scuba dive.

See how the other half live
Spot Melbourne’s rich and famous around Portsea during holidays. Take the Millionaire’s Walk to Sorrento along cliff tops, through landscaped gardens and past private jetties for vantage points of their imposing mansions. Take in stunning views of the calm waters of Port Phillip Bay and the contrasting ocean beaches.

Summer on the water
Watch as surfers and iron-men battle it out in summer competitions or build your own skills on the water with a spot of sea kayaking.

Portsea’s location at the tip of the Mornington Peninsula means you can cool off at a safe bay beach and be riding the surf at the ocean beach just minutes later. Slow down after a day out in the water with an evening with friends on the green lawns of the Portsea Pub.

Learn to scuba dive amid sea dragons and rays around Portsea Pier. Experienced divers can explore the reef system to the left of the pier, or venture by boat to outlying reefs and historic wrecks, like the former warship HMAS Canberra.

Trade bathers for hiking boots and set off on the 100-kilometre Mornington Peninsula Walk, or try out one of the shorter stints into Point Nepean. Take in peaceful bays, wild coastlines, tranquil bush, native animals and important Victorian history.

Defending Victoria’s coast
Explore the fascinating labyrinth of nineteenth century tunnels and fortifications in the Point Nepean National Park that were built to guard Port Phillip heads. Pay a visit to the historic Quarantine Station, established in the early 1800s as grazing land and repurposed as a haven for refugees

VVLand__9334410_TVIC_portseawedding Portsea Wedding


Sorrento – Mornington Peninsula

A small seaside town with charm and history, plenty of accommodation, places to eat and just relax by the seaside

Getting here & around

Though it feels like a world away from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula’s rugged wilderness, coastal vistas and lush hinterland gardens are only an easy hour’s drive away.

Travelling by car from Melbourne
Follow the coastline from Melbourne via Frankston to access Port Phillip bayside towns (Mt Eliza, Mornington, Rosebud, Rye, Sorrento, Portsea). To access villages alongside Westernport Bay (Tyabb, Hastings, Flinders), take the M1 linked with the Western Port Highway.

For a faster journey (60 minutes) take the M1 and join the Eastlink tollway, paying special attention to the eclectic mix of roadside artwork, including the giant bird of Emily Floyd’s Public art strategy and Callum Morton’s high-rise hotel. Take the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and then Moorooduc Freeway to quickly reach the Mornington Peninsula.

Please note, there are no toll booths on the M1 or Eastlink. Passes must be pre-purchased from for the M1 or for Eastlink.

Public transport options
Jump on a metropolitan train service (running every 15-20 minutes) from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne to Frankston, then connect through Hastings to Stony Point on Westernport Bay.

Buses travel from Melbourne to all areas and local bus routes operate around each Mornington Peninsula village. Bus number 788 departs Frankston station for towns alongside Port Phillip Bay to Portsea every 45 minutes on weekdays, and every one to two hours on weekends.

For detailed information on timetables and costs for trains and buses, please contact Public Transport Victoria on (in Australia only) 1800 800 007 or visit

Travel from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport to Frankston, Mornington and Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula on the regular airport bus. For more information phone 03 9783 1199 or visit

By ferry
Choose the scenic option and spot dolphins as you make the stunning ferry crossing from Queenscliff on the Great Ocean Road to Sorrento. Searoad Ferries depart daily from Sorrento Pier and Queenscliff Harbour, every hour on the hour from 7am until 6pm, all year round. Foot passengers, bicycles, cars, towed caravans and trailers, motor homes, motorcycles and truck are all welcome.


med_thumb_continentalhotelsorrento12 Enjoy a taste of beachside living at its finest with a relaxed meal at The Continental Hotel overlooking the beach and sampling some of Sorrento’s finest fresh meats, seafood, produce and bread. Kick start your evening with local beer and wine to get you into the mood for a long night of dancing and mingling in the night club

1-21 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento VIC 3943
(03) 5984 2201


GTOLandscape__9079997_BE01_Hotel_Sorrento_Front_View Hotel Sorrento – a beautiful sandstone building. Rated highly on tripadvisor.


Address: 5-15 Hotham Road, Sorrento, Victoria 3943
Phone: 03 5984 8000  |  Fax: 03 5984 8055  

Situated on the cliff top overlooking the sparkling water of Port Phillip Bay, and located within 20 kilometres of some of Australia’s best sand belt golf courses, Hotel Sorrento is ideal for a relaxing getaway or special occasion.

Enjoy the unique seaside boutique hotel experience with a fusion of contemporary design and historical architecture.

The hotel features a magnificent restaurant with amazing bay views, an excellent range of accommodation, Conference Facilities, Wellness Retreat Spa, Limeburner’s Bar and the vibrant “Cellar” cocktail bar.

This eclectic wine and cocktail bar is a fabulous private function room for special occasions such as cocktail wedding receptions, birthdays and anniversaries.

All within walking distance to the township and beaches.

Speak Your Mind