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Greg Malouf A Taste of Sorrento

Sorrento Village – more than a holiday destination Sorrento Village is one of those places that it doesn’t matter how long or short your stay, you’ll always feel like you’re a world away. It has great charm with its commanding limestone buildings and breathtaking bay and ocean beaches, but the village is a destination all of its own. Sorrento Village offers an eclectic mix of old fashioned boutiques, galleries, antique and toy stores that are owned and managed by the person who serves you, but you can also get the high end chain stores that you find in the most cosmopolitan of city shopping centres. There is a great choice for foodies and coffee lovers as well, highlighted during the Taste of Sorrento food and wine festival from 1-8 June, as well as accommodation and all basic services within a short walk from town. Sorrento is possibly THE best destination for a girls

weekend away – shopping, eating, shopping, massage, shopping, walking, …and did I mention shopping? No matter what the weather, good friends can enjoy each others company, have a few drinks, a few laughs and not have to drive anywhere as the village has it all in one place. Keep an eye on the website for up coming events such as Taste of Sorrento 1-8 June, the Lets Go Cruisin classic car rally on 14 July, and Art on the Beach coming in October. If you’d prefer to be kept up to date by phone, simply SMS ‘sorrento@spcc’ to 0427 800 800 to receive updates by text, or checkout sorrentovillage facebook page. Sorrento – consider a visit this autumn and winter. You won’t be disappointed! Natalie Garner, Sorrento Portsea Chamber of Commerce

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From around the world to our own backyard, that’s the Darriwill Farm experience.


At Darriwill Farm Sorrento they source their own range of gourmet foods, fine wines and unique gifts from around the world and their own backyard to provide customers with the widest possible choice. Let owners Paul & Robyn take you through a taste test of the extensive Darriwill Farm everyday drinking range. Talk to them about their premium imported and local wines including Portsea Estate and Montalto of Red Hill. Once you’ve selected the wine, make sure you pick up premium cheese, dips and nibbles to go with it. Or select from their range of locally made winter soups and yummy desserts. If you can’t find that special gift let the professionals at Darriwill Farm Sorrento put together a fabulous hamper to suit your budget and the occasion. Pack it with goodies from around the world, or just down the road, that’s the Darriwill Farm experience. And don’t forget to pick up a delicious macaroon for later.

Feel like a princess

Searching for a fashionable new look to dazzle while sitting poolside at a resort or on the beach? Perhaps you have a unique fashion sense and can’t seem to find the right swimsuit to express it. Look no further, find the latest designs to pick the best one for you at the Swimwear Emporium boutique in Sorrento, home for all your swimwear needs. They offer beautiful form fitting one pieces, colourful two pieces, and fashion forward matching accessories that will accentuate your beauty. All the latest swimsuit collections from the top designers in the world can be found in this Sorrento boutique, giving you the opportunity to look your best no matter where you plan to wear it. When you walk around in these swimsuits or put on their designer cover-ups, you will shine with confidence and catching the eyes of all those around you. It’s the personalised shopping experience which makes

swimwear emporium the go-to swimsuit boutique in Sorrento – offering the best designs for your specific body type. Highly experienced staff have an eye for fashion and are trained to assist you in finding the best cut to fit both your body and your personality. So check out the extensive collection of swimwear brands online and pop in to the Sorrento boutique for fitting, it will be their pleasure to assist you in finding your perfect swimsuit.

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Joie de Vivre When I’m low I reach for the good stuff – dark, dark, morsels of soothing bitter sweetness. It’s a case of necessity, (or so I tell myself!) Mornington Peninsula Chocolates understands this overwhelming need to make ourselves feel better and even stimulate our brains and circulatory system along the way. But their hand-crafted chocolate creations are by no means a mere sugar fix, they are organic vessels of pure designer pleasure. Ex Potter Isilda Caldwell brings shape and form to these artisan chocolates, while co-owner ex mechanical engineer Milton Laycock takes care of the technical side. The result is an overwhelming


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appreciation for the art of indulgence. ‘We fell in love with the idea of making chocolate after watching the film Chocolat’, says Milton. In it Juliette Binoche changes people’s lives (with chocolate) in a repressed French village. ‘We use traditional French, Belgian and Swiss techniques and have worked alongside some of the world’s most famous master chocolatiers and patisserie chefs’, he goes on. Both Isilda and Mitlon have studied in Australia and overseas and are constantly researching the best chocolate making techniques which has resulted in an extensive range of multi award winning chocolates: try honey, orange, or raspberry ganache,

almond cluster or marzipan with cognac or a hazelnut praline - all very sweet, but not so simple. For the finest custom made gifts, delicious delights to share with friends or that unique corporate offering, experience Mornington Peninsula Chocolates, and get oh so wonderfully happy! Mornington Peninsula Chocolates 45 Cook St, Flinders Ph: 5989 0040 5 George St, Sorrento Ph.: 5984 0416 Email: Trading hours: Monday, Thursday and Friday 12 noon - 5pm. Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

A real estate company with integrity, who are really making a difference The team of JP Dixon Real Estate at Sorrento are headed up by Managing Director Jonathon Dixon with Jenny Fink the Branch Manager. The rest of the gorgeous all women team consists of Patricia EllisJones, Audrey Barnes, Kirra Wilson, Amanda Jones and Davina Besford, who offer a professional service, unsurpassed locally. Prestige properties are their domain, with some of the best Bayside properties offered for private sale on their books at any given time. Some in the top bracket are in excess of $10m. JP Dixon Real Estate have offices in all the premier Bayside locations Brighton, Sandringham, Beaumaris, Middle Park, Mentone and of course their local Portsea/Sorrento office in Kerferd Avenue, Sorrento. JP. Dixon Real Estate holds respect within the industry and by the public, as one of the foremost Melbourne Real Estate Agencies. ‘The Private Sale Alternative’ has placed JP. Dixon Real Estate as the front-runner in the selling of Real Estate by Private Treaty. However they also have an unsurpassed record in selling by the Auction system.


With six offices covering all of Melbourne’s City, Bayside, Stonnington and Peninsula areas, you the buyer have a choice of listed properties ranging from a modest Bayside unit, to a mansion in the ‘Golden Mile’ Brighton or on the Peninsula. “We encourage buyers to register with our company and we will have the home for you.” explains Director Jonathon Dixon. If you are thinking of selling, contact JP Dixon Real Estate for an immediate free appraisal. Their mission statement says it all. ‘At JP. Dixon, It is our mission to deliver consistently high standards to our customers with honesty and integrity by providing a well rounded, happy working environment where team members contribute their all and feel they have made a difference to the company and its’ clients. Be proud of being part of a visionary company that intends to be at the forefront of the property industry by striving for excellence and accepting only complete success.’ JP Dixon Real Estate 60A Kerferd Avenue, Sorrento Phone: 5984 5030


by Liz Rogers Transport yourself to a time of afternoon teas in rose adorned cups, striking it rich in the gold fields of the 1800’s or promenading the town in the latest mink stole mid 1940’s. Marlene Miller’s store reads like who’s who from the seventeenth century onwards. One hundred year old chests support sharpened Italian tools from the 1850’s. Victorian Cedar bookcases lay in wait for poetry and fiction from as early as the 1680’s to tell their tales. Antiques have the wonderful power to divulge our past so we can look towards the future. Marlene has been part of the antique world for almost 30 years. Her keen eye is personified in her eclectic range of fine jewellery. Viewing the magnificent range of Gold Rush brooches, necklaces and rings is a must. The gold in these early pieces is fluid, almost seeming to spring back into shape when touched. This is the perfect place to find that engagement or wedding ring you’ve been searching for. Step back into a world where craftsmanship is honoured and age is a thing of beauty at Marlene Miller Antiques, where magic really does happen and time stands still. Marlene Miller Antiques - open seven days a week 10am (ish) till 5pm (closed Christmas and Good Friday) 128 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento Ph: 5984 1762 M: 0438 537 757

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Got to get away by Liz Rogers So you want to get away from it all. You want to unwind, put all the timetables and tweets behind you, open the door to a more relaxed, calm, inspired YOU. Enter the miracle making Marlo Spa on Ocean Beach Road, a place where you become centre of your universe. Owner Marlo has been a beauty therapist for 25 years on the Mornington peninsula. Her success has come from treating the whole person. This is the perfect place to rejuvenate and de-stress. Group bookings are this salons speciality. Cocoon-like spa rooms cater for up to ten comfortably, making them ideal for bridal parties. Brides and their hens can book in for half a day and get the full treatment. Indulge with a holistic or relaxation massage. Enjoy a purifying clove intensive facial or a luxurious Biodroga Exquisite Golden Caviar treatment to get skin glowing. Manicures which include the application of warm herbal


honey masks and Hungarian wellness mud before deep massage ensure your hands are in great form for your big day. Smudge proof shellac hybrid colours keep nails strong and gorgeous until well after the honey moon. Complimentary champagne and a fruit/cheese plate are on offer to every group of four or more. (You’ll also get unlimited use of the steam room!) Whether it’s to celebrate your special day or your everyday special life, Marlo Spa offers a unique escape when weeks fly by too fast. Make your week’s end last at Marlo Spa - and breathe. Marlo Spa 43-45 Ocean Beach Rd. Sorrento Open Monday through Friday 9am till 5pm Saturday 9am till 6pm; Sunday 9am till Ph: 5984 5300

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Proudly supporting children in our community Mark Riley Racing Stables and Mornington Car & Tyre Service, have teamed together in a bid to raise funds for Variety – the Children’s Charity, and the Abacus Learning Centre. Join MC Dan Mielicki for a great day out at the Mornington races, whilst you are supporting two deserving charities. TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Saturday 13th April 2013 Chairman’s Marquee Mornington Racecourse $155pp includes: • 3 course meal • Beer, wine, sparkling and soft drink • Private marquee overlooking both the mounting yard and home straight • Private tote facilities • Race book • Racecourse admission There will be a raffle and silent and live auctions on the day, with all money raised (including ticket sales) going directly to the chosen charities BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: Please contact Lisa Riley on 0409 875 944 or by Friday 29th March

Advanced Fashion doyen Adele Pernell is well known in Melbourne and Noosa for her style. Her group of designer boutiques, showcasing her label Sketa, is renowned for attracting women who desire top quality, Australian made fashion. ‘We only buy the best quality fabrics from around the world’, says Adele. (Think Italy and Belgium). ‘Every garment is designed, manufactured and finished in Australia. About 80 per cent of our

Australian Flair boutique’s stock is the Sketa label,’ she continues. Sketa isn’t a mass market product so don’t expect to see many other women wearing the same design. ‘We create small collections of limited edition individual prints and every design is precision cut by highly skilled craftspeople’ says Adele. But just because quality, style and fabulous fit are part of the Sketa credo, doesn’t mean you’ll have to pay an arm and a leg to own one. ‘Savvy shoppers know they can buy a Sketa garment for roughly half the price of many advertised designer labels’ says Adele. ‘We focus on longevity and value for money’.  Catering for women of all ages who want to be fashionable but refuse to be faddish, Adele knows people are tempted to buy cheap imported products. ‘Sketa is proud to be an all Australian manufacturing company; there aren’t many of us left’.   Visit Australian made Sketa boutiques to view the latest looks in casuals, knitwear, race wear and mother of the bride fashions and to Advance Australian Flair! Sketa Boutiques Sorrento, 2/42-44 Ocean Beach Rd. Ph. 5984 0927 Mornington, 71 Main St. Ph. 5976 3311 Also at Moonee Ponds, Camberwell and Noosa Email:

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Always Beyond Expectations Uniquely designed to enhance your individual tastes the jewellery crafted by Jeffery Malesa is exceptional in every way. Each piece is lovingly hand carved using generous amounts of gold or platinum to ensure a long lasting secure mount for your diamonds and precious gemstones. Some clients are initially unsure about following a personal design process through to a finished jewel. “I don’t know what it will look like and whether l will like it.” With over 30 years experience of guiding people through the design process and no unhappy customers, Jeffery can comfortably take you step by step to a great result you will feel truly came from your own heart. “Some folks have no idea what they are looking for at all.” explains Jeffery. “This was a bit daunting until l started the process of elimination. Before long a path or two will open up and the magic begins.” Others have a strong idea and are still amazed at the


results. Often the final bits of inspiration, born out of observation or dictated by the gems, happen at the bench when necessary adjustments are made to enhance the original concept. The results are truly beyond expectation. FINE GOLD AND DIAMOND DESIGNS Jeffery Malesa, Goldsmith 7a/20 Ocean Beach Road Sorrento 0448 480 006

OUR COVER Craig Penny’s Back Beach Walk from Manyung Gallery; Friends gather at Stringers secret garden courtyard; Walking track at Point Nepean; Scallops at The Baths; Stunning ring from Jeffery Malesa. Sorrento Village Life Magazine is published by Big Bang Media for the Sorrento-Portsea Chamber of Commerce Contact Lisa Walton at Big Bang Media on 9708 8222 or email



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INSPIRATION ABOUNDS Let artwork brighten your home Manyung Gallery in MtEliza has been the peninsula’s home of contemporary art for the past 44 years. Now also in Sorrento, the galleries’ walls constantly change with inspiration coming from Manyung’s stable of over 150 artists. Manyung Gallery Group’s art consultants are friendly and easy to work with and have unparalleled expertise in introducing beautiful paintings to your home, one wall at a time, in an enjoyable way. Manyung’s art consultants can visit your home, digitally record the areas requiring attention, measure critical spaces, review artificial and natural lighting affecting hanging or display areas, and assess the current layout as well as tonality of the target environment. They can then superimpose images of paintings you like onto photographs taken of your walls and email a ‘new look’ back to you. The next step is to organise a trial delivery so you can view the pieces you really like in your home, assist with the final choice, placement, installation and, most importantly, ensure you are totally happy with the ‘fit’ of your artworks. If you have recently come to the realisation that your home needs artwork on empty, plain walls, or


refreshment and updating with contemporary art, here’s some initial advice from Manyung’s experience art consultants. Assess your spaces Have a wander around your home with a ‘critical’ eye, as if you are visiting for the first time. What wall spaces jump out at you as being especially plain and needing artwork? Which areas are first seen by you and visitors when you enter a room, particularly at the front entrance and the family areas where everyone usually clusters to socialise? Often a couple’s private areas, particularly the master bedroom, also are singled out as needing a special painting or sculpture. PrioritisE your needs After determining those areas that you would like artwork in, prioritise the ones to address first. At this stage you may also wish to consider reframing some of your existing artworks in a more contemporary way. If you are now wishing to look for new artworks for one or two ‘high priority walls’, start some basic research. Research art galleries, services Visit or look at the websites of local galleries. It is hard to believe but there are over twenty art galleries and studios on the Mornington Peninsula. Manyung Gallery in Mt Eliza, established in 1968, has over 150 artists and about 2000 images of artworks on its website www. Select some artists or images that you are drawn to and contact the gallery to discuss sizes, availability and prices. Some galleries, like Manyung, offer interest free payment plans, home trial, free delivery and will assist with installation. As Directors of Manyung Gallery, Sharyn and David Wemyss-Smith have developed a positive reputation for providing practical and creative consultancy and service for clients wishing to receive experienced input to their creative choices. Call Manyung on 9787 2953 to arrange a chat at your home, or visit the gallery soon.

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A constantly moving, diverse range of 120 original, high quality, Australian contemporary artworks – many with southern peninsula theming, including sculpture

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Alice in Wonderland themed Art Show 29 March to 1 April Studio Sorrento 823 Melbourne Road, Sorrento Themed Art Show this Easter, with all proceeds going to the Rosebud Hospital Appeal to raise funds for a new medical imaging area. ‘Alice in Wonderland’ will include textile art, paintings, sculptures, pottery and more. There is a $3,000 prize on offer, which will be awarded by people’s choice. Further information please contact 0418 100 373 or email

Mad Hatter Tea Party 30 March at 11am in the Sunken Garden in Sorrento Themed Alice in Wonderland play put on by the acting group, ‘The Sorrento Players’. The play is free but donations are welcome. Come along and join in the fun! Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Easter Art Show 30 March 2013 10am-4pm 2900 Point Nepean Road, Blairgowrie The Easter Art Show showcases a broad range of works by artists living and working on the Peninsula and beyond and for the first time includes handmade ceramics and glassware. Admission is $5, an affordable Easter event at a beautiful seaside location. Contact Ryan Sergeant on 5988 8453. Sorrento SES Family Fun Day Saturday, 6 April 2013 Carnival rides, Hot Rod display and Business Expo from Mornington Peninsula at Rosebud


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Neighbourhood House Week May 2013 Sorrento Community Centre The centre has some special displays planned please contact Lauren for more information Archibald Prize Exhibition 8 June to 7 July 2013, 10am-6pm Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Dunns Road Mornington The Archibald Prize is regarded as the most important portraiture prize in Australia. First awarded in 1921 after a bequest from editor J. F. Archibald, it recognizes talent for ‘the best portrait’, preferentially of a man or woman who indistinguishably excelled in Art, Literature, Science or Politics. The MPRG is the only venue in Victoria to present the exhibition which is predicted to attract thousands! Ph: 5975 4395 2013 Hinterland Scarecrow Festival and Touring Trail, Various Locations Saturday, 21 September 2013 The Hinterland Scarecrow festival is a spring arts event that celebrates the creativity of the Mornington Peninsula with artful scarecrows. Schools, clubs, artists, businesses all get together in this annual event to create their own interpretation of the humble scarecrow. For touring maps and festival specials program

Take the Millionaires Walk Taking a walk anywhere on the Mornington Peninsula is a joyous experience, but the Millionaire’s Walk along the clifftops from Sorrento to Portsea is simply thrilling. Besides being gobsmacked by the awesome views across Port Philip Bay and beyond, one gets to step into the backyards of the Peninsula’s rich and famous. As well as marvelling at their beautifully landscaped gardens, you’ll get an insight into how Melbourne’s elite spend time at their summer mansions with their private jetties. The two kilometre walk is relatively easy and usually takes about two hours. Start your walk at the Sorrento Beach rotunda and stroll along the Esplanade towards Portsea. You’ll pass the historical stream train terminals before mounting the clifftop and ambling through the Millionaires gardens. On a clear day you can see Queenscliff on the other side of

the bay and you’ll also observe the Queenscliff-Sorrento Ferry coming and going. You’ll even spot the Millionaires out in their leisure craft. Sorrento was the location of the first white settlement in Victoria. Just before you finish the walk in Portsea, you will come across a white trig station and a stone monument. This is the place where on the 9th of March 1802, Acting Lieutenant John Murray, commander of ‘HMS Lady Nelson’ took possession of Port King, which was later renamed Port Philip Bay, for the British Crown.. He marked the spot by hoisting the Union Jack – the first time the flag was hoisted in Australia. If you’re thirsty after the walk, you can always drop into the Portsea Hotel for a refreshment or two! Millionaire’s Walk isn’t the only great walk in the Sorrento area, there are plenty of others. For more information contact the Beachside Visitor Information Centre on 5984 1478.

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Limestone reigns in Sorrento

Sorrento has many fine examples of early limestone buildings with the versatile stone playing a significant role in the development of the historcal seaside resort. The three hotels in the township – Continental, Koonya and Sorrento - are built from the beautiful limestone. Overlooking the bay, Hotel Sorrento, built in 1872, is classified by the National Trust. Made famous by the movie bearing its name, it is a favoured hotel amongst visitors and locals alike. The Continental Hotel, in the main street, is also classified and was for many years the place to stay for the well to do. In 1904, an annexe was built opposite on Constitution Hill and used as a ballroom. The Continental Hotel is believed to be the only four storey limestone building in Australia. Koonya Hotel, which has great sentimental value to the community, was a thorn in the side of the other two hotels owners who opposed its construction. Kooyna is an aboriginal word for seagull and the property was owned and operated by the well known Clark family until 1952. St John’s Anglican Church, built as the earliest church


on the Mornington Peninsula, is once again heritage listed. A beautifully proportioned neo-Gothic building, construction of which commenced in 1873 on land donated by the headmaster of Geelong Grammar. It was added to in 1889 and later 1908-11 and houses the unique stained glass Prince Consort window. Limestone beauty below is Nepean Historical Society.

Above is Continental Hotel, Oceanic Guest House and Hotel Sorrento. Opposite page is St John’s Church and a beachfront private residence seen from Millionaires Walk

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Surf’s up at Sorrento

Sorrento SLSC has more than 400 members. Each patrol season club members perform between 10 and 20 rescues and over 200 preventative actions on the main ocean beach. Sorrento SLSC is an active member of the local community, patrolling the back beach, providing sport and recreation, water safety training, skill development and offering frontline first aid and emergency services. Their website contains information for visitors to the area, people intending to get involved in surf lifesaving, and operational information (patrol times, rosters, events) for club members. 


Some tips to ensure your visit to the beach is safe and fun. Always swim between the flags. Read and obey the signs. If you are unsure of surf conditions, ask a lifesaver. Don’t swim directly after a meal. Don’t swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Never run or dive into the water, even if you have checked before. Water conditions can change. If you get into trouble in the water, stay calm.  Signal for help, float and wait for assistance. Float with a current or undertow.  Stay calm, don’t try to swim against it. Signal for help and wait for assistance. 250 Ocean Beach Rd. Ph 5984 5533

Sorrento Village ACCOMMODATION Beach House Rentals 39 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 4578 Carmel of Sorrento Heritage Suites & Self Contained Units 142 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 3512 Drop Inn self-contained accom 150 Ocean Beach Rd 0402 436 464 Eastcliff Cottage B & B 881-883 Melbourne Rd 5984 0668 Hotel Sorrento Apartments 5-15 Hotham Rd 5984 8000 Marshall’s Holiday Rentals Level 1, 7 /119-125 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 5955 MyCoastline Level 1, 6 /119-125 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 2221 Shell’s Apartments 85-99 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 0454 Sorrento Beach Motel 780 Melbourne Rd 5984 1356 Whitehall & Oceanic Apartments 231 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 4166 ART & GALLERIES Moonraker Dolphin Swims 7 George Street

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ART & GALLERIES Antipodes Bookshop Gallery 138 Ocean Beach Rd Beast Creations 3301 Pt Nepean Rd, Gallery Sorrento 148 Ocean Beach Rd GallerySorrento 141 Ocean Beach Rd Manyung at Sorrento Contemporary Art Gallery 113A Ocean Beach Rd Marlene Miller Antiques & Gallery 128 Ocean Beach Rd Sorrento Fine Art Gallery 3297 Point Nepean Rd Sorrento Museum 827 Melbourne Rd Temple Gallery 3385 Point Nepean Rd

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BANKS ANZ & Westpac ATMs 26-36 Ocean Beach Rd Commonwealth Bank 38-40 Ocean Beach Rd National Australia Bank 67 Ocean Beach Rd

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CHILDRENSWEAR & TOYS Lemonade Factory 58 Ocean Beach Rd Seed Shop 3,108 Ocean Beach Rd The Toy Workshop 85 G Ocean Beach Rd

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COMMUNITY SERVICES JackanAndy’s Op Shop 848 Melbourne Rd Rotary Club of Sorrento P.O.Box 58 Sorrento Beachside Visitor Info Cnr Ocean Beach Rd & George St Sorrento Community Centre 860-868 Melbourne Rd Sorrento Portsea ARH Op Shop 63 Kerferd Ave Sorrento Primary School Kerferd Avenue St Josephs Primary School Constitution Hill Rd

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FASHION & ACCESSORIES Accessoreyes 85 Ocean Beach Rd Adore Clothing 2/133 Ocean Beach Rd Blue Illusions 76 Ocean Beach Rd Cinori Shoes & Accessories 127 Ocean Beach Rd

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Debs Boutique 24 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 1617 Designer Clothing Labels 85-99 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 5166 Desire Boutique 113 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 4439 Duchamp Clothing & Traffic Footwear 74 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 0179 Emia 50 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 3399 Feathers Pop Up Shop 70 Ocean Beach Rd Ghanda 111 Ocean Beach Rd 5261 2236 Herman 1 George St 5984 5111 Jeffery Malesa Goldsmith Jeweller Lvl 1, Oriental Arcade, 7A, 20 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 1144 Jenny Scott Leisurewear Oriental Arcade, 18-24 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 1571 Karma Kameleon 52 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 4485 LuLuLemon Athletica 41 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 1516 Mimco 2/119-125 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 2076 Meredith 129 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 4233 Naturally Debs 18 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 3082 Outlet Shop 72 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 5094 Promenade at Sorrento 105 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 4953 Siren Fine Jewellery 29 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 4330 Sketa Shop 2, 42-44 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 0927 Sorrento Beach Club 71 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 4699 Sorrento Girl Shop 2,108 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 4011 Sportsgirl 54 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 2489 Sterling & Hyde 47 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 5744 Swimwear Emporium 3/119 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 4357 Swimwear Galore 131 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 0322 Twiggys Shoes 60 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 2184 Upstairs At Sorrento Level 1, 20 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 4342 Witchery 3/133 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 2914 FOOD & LIQUOR Broo Beer Level 1,4/119-125 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 2222 Brumbys Bakery 42-44 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 0871 Coles 108 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 8500 Darriwill Farm 51 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 5399 Fish Fetish Fish & Chips 27 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 1479 Geggsy’s Allsorts 168 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 3322 Liquorland Shop 4, 108 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 8580 Majestic Cellars 85 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 5962 Mornington Peninsula Chocolates 5 George Street 5984 0416 Mubble Gourmet Ice Creamery 69 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 4944 Patricks Corner Store 157 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 4422 Ray’s Meats 55 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 4443 Scicluna’s Real Food Merchants 31 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 4866 Stringers IGA Store 2-8 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 2010

HEALTH, BEAUTY & WELLBEING Chicago Hair 107 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 4655 Hotel Sorrento Spa 5984 8047 Marlo Spa 43 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 5300

Chamber of Commerce Directory Ocean Fitness Pilates & Massage Lvl 1, 3/20 Ocean Beach Rd Peninsula Life Medispa 85-99 Ocean Beach Rd Sorrento Hair Level 1, Oriental Lane, 20 Ocean Beach Rd Sorrento Natural Therapies 48 Ocean Beach Rd Three Seas Hairdressing 3/3295-7 Point Nepean Rd

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HOTELS & ENTERTAINMENT Athenaeum Cinemas Sorrento 26-36 Ocean Beach Rd Continental Hotel 1-21 Ocean Beach Rd Hotel Sorrento 5-15 Hotham Rd Sorrento Portsea R.S.L 1-3 Hurley St Sorrento Video/Music 26-36 Ocean Beach Rd

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HOUSE & GARDEN Bed Bath N Table 35-37 Ocean Beach Rd 3943 Big Chair 119 Ocean Beach Rd Coastal Living Interiors 85 Ocean Beach Rd Elephant 3 George Street Happy Days 155 Ocean Beach Rd Hello Blossoms - weddings Level 1, 101 Ocean Beach Rd Hummingbird Blooms Level 1, 20 Ocean Beach Rd In Sorrento Lifestyles 85 D Ocean Beach Rd Overboard Design Furniture & Gallery 80 Ocean Beach Rd Saltwater Trading 153 Ocean Beach Rd Sandarne Homewares 147 Ocean Beach Rd Sorrento Hire And Sales 854 Melbourne Rd Sorrento Mitre 10 80-98 Ocean Beach Rd

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MEDICAL Dietician 166 Ocean Beach Rd Kinetic Physiotherapy & Clinical Pilates 166 Ocean Beach Rd Marc Clavin Amcal Pharmacy 61-63 Ocean Beach Rd Melbourne Pathology 166 Ocean Beach Rd Sorrento Medical 166 Ocean Beach Rd Sorrento Physiotherapy Shop 5, 108 Ocean Beach Rd Sorrento Psychology 166 Ocean Beach Rd

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RESTAURANTS & CAFES Acquolina 26 Ocean Beach Rd Baked in Sorrento 53 Ocean Beach Rd Buckley’s Chance Restaurant Cafe 174 Ocean Beach Rd Chinamans Hat 102 Ocean Beach Rd Chopstix Noodle Bar 120 Ocean Beach Rd Daisy’s on the Bay 3293 Point Nepean Rd Itali.Co 1 The Esplanade Just Fine Food 23 Ocean Beach Rd Loquat Restaurant 3183 Point Nepean Rd Morgans 3 The Esplanade Shell’s Cafe 85 Ocean Beach Rd Smashing Bean 1/119-125 Ocean Beach Rd Sorrento Thai 1-3 Hurley St Sorrento Trattoria Pizza & Pasta 20 Ocean Beach Rd Stringers Cafe 2-8 Ocean Beach Rd The Baths 3278 Point Nepean Rd The Sisters - Kitchen.Garden.Cafe 149-151 Ocean Beach Rd Three Palms 154-164 Ocean Beach Rd Via Sorrento 77 Ocean Beach Rd

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SERVICES Coastcom 133 Hotham Rd 1300 844 844 JSP Partners Accountants 168 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 0135 Mornington Peninsula Limousines Level 1, 8 /119-125 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 2288 Portsea Marine Level 1, 6 /119-125 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 3923 S. Smith Builders P/L. Level 1/50 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 4677 Sorrento Limousine Service 22 Ronald Ave 0431 637 850 Sorrento News & Books and Australia Post 66 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 2841 Sorrento Portsea Chamber of Commerce P.O.Box 469 0424 000 391 TAB 101 Ocean Beach Rd Telsec Security Level 1,1&2/119-125 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 0600 Travelscene Sorrento Beach 9 George St 5984 3366 Woodhams O’Keeffe & Co Lawyers, 168 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 4766

SPORTING CLUBS MENS FASHION & SURFWEAR Sorrento Bowls Club Hotham Rd Balin Surfboards 4 Coppin Arcade/71 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 5199 Sorrento Football & Cricket Club, David McFarlan Reserve Gazman 49 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 5155 Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club, 3154 Point Nepean Rd Ozmosis 57-59 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 0360 Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club 250 Ocean Beach Rd Trigger Bros 46-48 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 5670 Sorrento Tennis Club 854 Melbourne Rd WitcheryMan 1/133 Ocean Beach Rd 5984 2509 REAL ESTATE Bennison Mackinnon 39 Ocean Beach Rd Buxton Real Estate Portsea Sorrento 109 Ocean Beach Rd Fletchers Real Estate 136 Ocean Beach Rd J. P. Dixon Real Estate Portsea Sorrento 60A Kerferd Ave Kay & Burton Real Estate 106 Ocean Beach Rd Prentice Real Estate 78 Ocean Beach Rd

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Sorrento Heritage Walk arts History abounds in Sorrento as Victoria’s first nepean settlement site in 1803. It was during the 1870’s and 1880’s that many of the magnificent limestone P.O. Box 10 Sorrento buildings werePortsea built. You can enjoy a walking Sorrentotrail visiting most ofChamber the historic sites in and around Victoria of Commerce Sorrento, indicated by the historic symbols on the map. Visit the Nepean Historical Society Museum for information on Sorrento’s rich history. Sorrento Portsea Artists Trail The Peninsula has been an inspiration to painters for many years. The Sorrento Portsea artists trail brings their works to life, you are able to stand and view the scene exactly as was seen by the artist. Experience the work of artists from where their works were created along the Sorrento Portsea Artist Trail. Includes works from Albert Tucker, Roland Clark, Sir Arthur Streeton, Ray Hodgkinson, Arthur Boyd, Penleigh Boyd, John Perceval, Isaac Whitehead and Emanuel Phillips.


This is an on-going project. It is known that other artists have worked in this area and it is hoped to extend the trail in the future. To be considered, the work of the artist must be in a State or Regional gallery collection and/or the artist must be referred to in McCulloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Artists. Please contact Arts Nepean if you have any suggestions.

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Protect you and your assets on the Mornington Peninsula & beyond Coastcom Security is a quality protection service with over thirty years’ experience. Having worked for generations on the Mornington Peninsula, Coastcom offers complete peace of mind by providing the only certified A Grade Alarm Monitoring Control Room in the area. Coastcom’s patrol car service is 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, which means holiday home owners can sleep tight and traders can relax at the end of the day. You’re in safe hands. Part of the fabric of the community, Coastcom offers premium quality protection with state of the art systems and highly visible patrol. Coastcom Security specialises in the installation and maintenance of domestic and commercial electronic security systems for use on the Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne and beyond. “We will work with you to assess the particular security risks at your property and using our extensive local and industry experience, design, install and maintain a system that delivers the protection you need.” explains owner Mike Ramsay. Coastcom Security looks after your property in more ways than one. Mike continues “We have developed a


comprehensive range of protection packages to meet your level of domestic security needs, from Basic Starter to our premium Platinum Monitoring Package where we look after everything, including bringing in your rubbish bin!” Coastcom Security’s Business Monitoring Pack offers maximum protection for all types of businesses on the Mornington Peninsula. Combining the most popular products and services and designed to minimize the security risk to your buildings, plant and stock, the Coastcom Business Pack can be tailored to meet the particular needs of your company and may provide the opportunity for substantial savings on your insurance premiums. To find out how easy it is to be totally protected contact the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Coastcom Security today. Coastcom Security Relax, we’re there when you’re not 133 Hotham Road, Sorrento Email Phone 1300 844 844

Sea the sights!

Flagship vessel “Moonraker” leaves Sorrento Pier daily at 9am and 1pm for a variety of tours. A second vessel “Blue Wing” was added to the fleet in 2010 to offer smaller personalised tours with a strong educational focus on the marine environment. The popular ‘Dolphin and Seal Swim Tour’ will take you on a 2 or 3 hour adventure where you can swim alongside friendly fur seals and wild dolphins. All equipment is provided and the crew give full demonstrations RE T •P Sboard. Returning to to those on UN Sorrento, you can enjoy delicious morning or afternoon tea while R




If you’re looking for that perfect “once in a lifetime experience”, you can’t go past swimming with the beautiful wild bottlenose dolphins and fur seals in Port Phillip Bay. Starting their season each October, Moonraker Dolphin Swims offer a range of swimming and cruising options to suit your needs. Sandy Mackinnon and her daughter Torie have been operating Moonraker from Sorrento Pier for the last 22 years, but recently have opened at 7 George Street Sorrento. Their continued success can be attributed to their focus on outstanding customer service and genuine passion for Port Phillip Bay marine life. Their commitment to sustainable environmental tourism was recently recognised when they won the coveted Qantas Australian Tourism Award for “Best Eco Tourism Business in Australia” and also the Victorian Tourism Award for “Best Eco Tourism Business”.

enjoying the crystal waters of our beautiful bay. For those who’d rather stay dry, the “Dolphin and Seal Sightsee Cruise” is an experience to remember. Observe the amazing wildlife from the comfort of the boat and return with amazing memories to share with friends. The friendly team at Moonraker are happy to discuss your individual requirements for private, corporate, school or group tours. Why not try their two hour ‘Fish and Chip Cruise’ which will take you along the coastline while enjoying local fish and chips served by the crew. Or book a tour to the South Channel Fort which was reopened for public visits twelve months ago. With the weather getting warmer, now is the perfect time to enjoy a cruise of the bay and learn about our marine life. Get in early before the busy summer season to enjoy a breathtaking adventure that you will never forget! Moonraker Dolphin Swims are located at 7 George Street, Sorrento. Call to make a booking on 5984 4211.







Come and enjoy a 3 hour aquatic experience, swim with seals and dolphins or relax on board while you take in the many sights.


Dolphin and Seal Swimming and Sightseeing Cruises

Gift Vouchers also available. T: 03 5984 4211 Departs from Sorrento Pier, Esplanade Road,


Point Nepean National Park is truly one of Victoria’s beautiful natural and historical landscapes. Offering free entry, the park is located at the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula and has some of the most breathtaking panoramic views of Bass Strait, the Rip and Port Phillip Bay, highlights of which are now accessible from the top of the recently opened Monash Light Tower. The entrance to Port Phillip Bay was the most heavily forted port of the British Empire and was known as the ‘Gibraltar of the South’. Visitors will enjoy discovering Point Nepean’s remarkable history through exploring Fort Nepean’s extensive network of forts, gun

emplacements and tunnels. The Quarantine Station, established in 1852 is another ‘must do’. Here visitors can explore history through visiting the hospitals, a disinfecting complex, a morgue, and cemetery. To best plan your visit, head towards the Quarantine Station first. There, Information Centre staff will direct you to linked walking trails, an all weather shuttle bus service, self guided and audio tour options, and the extensive network of tracks to cycle, with bike and tag-along carriages and helmets available for hire in the park. Point Nepean National Park. Located at the end of Point Nepean Road, Portsea. Park entry is free. For more info visit or call 13 1963

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It’s Bath(s) Time

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all eyes are on this beautiful restaurant smack bang on the Sorrento foreshore. There is no better spot – this modern beach inspired destination with wooden floors and sliding glass windows leading out onto two separate decks knows how to make an entrance. Surrounded by the sea, sand and Sorrento town ship, The Baths was named after the Sorrento Sea Baths which were located on the current site in the late 1800s, early 1900s. It is now the perfect place for both intimate and extravagant celebrations. Birthdays, christenings


and corporate events are a speciality, with a wide ranging menu and beverage package options ensuring complete success. Imagine your wedding reception, bridal table facing out to where the sky meets the sea, surrounded by family and friends. The photo shoot on the beach or pier – memories made and forever treasured. The Baths is open every day from 11.30am and is fully licensed. There are over twenty wines by the glass from vineyards throughout Victoria plus many favourites from Mornington peninsula. The restaurant offers both an a la carte

and children’s menu; bring your kids and watch them play on the sand afterwards. Smoked ocean trout with capers, dill and lemon aioli or a fennel sourdough Panini will satisfy the hunger, or stop in for a coffee or a glass of wine any time of the day and soak up the atmosphere – down by the sea. You’re welcome. The Baths Ph: 5984 1500 3278 Point Nepean Rd Sorrento Restaurant & Functions Fish & Chippery Ph: 5984 1800 by Liz Rogers

Taste of 1- 8 June Indulge your tastebuds & your senses in historic seaside Sorrento with an exciting mix of food & wine events over 7 days. Masterclasses, themed dinners, tastings, wine, beer & more... SMS taste@spcc to 0427 800 800 for text info (no voice calls)

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TASTE OF SORRENTO 1-8 June 2013 Sorrento will be hosting its fourth mouth watering food and wine event with a week long feast of gourmet activities aimed at indulging both the tastebuds and the senses. The program includes a variety of gastronomical delights including master classes, cooking demonstrations and tastings, themed lunches and dinners, gourmet menus, wine, beer & more. We are pleased to announce in 2013 guest Michelin Star chef and ‘modern middle Eastern Master’ GREG MALOUF. Formerley of Mo Mo restaurant in Melbourne, and until recently highly acclaimed Petersham Nurseries in Richmond England, Greg Malouf has achieved acclaim through retaining the Michelin Star status through his modern approach to traditional middle eastern cooking. Greg, with his ex-wife, Lucy, has written six acclaimed cookbooks—“Arabesque” “Moorish”, “Saha”, “Turquoise”, “Saraban” and his current book “MaloufNew Middle Eastern Food”. Greg Malouf is greatly sought after around the world for Master Classes and guest chef appearances, so to have him at Taste of Sorrento for both a Master Class and dinner on Saturday, 1 June is an “absolute coup”, says Natalie Garner, Event Manager and Business Development Manager of Sorrento Portsea Chamber of Commerce. Bookings for the master class can be made at www. ($45 per person) and for the three course dinner with matched wines at The Baths at or 03 5984 1500. The successful action packed ‘Tastes of the Peninsula day” will be held again on Saturday, 1 June at Sorrento Community Centre and around the main street region. Mornington Peninsula Producers and provedores will put out their best produce, and a series of tantalising sessions will be available in the customised demonstration kitchen throughout the day. Other events already announced include a 5 course beer degustation dinner by Mornington Peninsula Brewery at Hotel Sorrento on Friday, 31 May at 7pm (bookings 03 5984 8000), a week of vanilla slice treats

at Just Fine Food and specialised tastings at Dariwill Farm, both in Ocean Beach Rd. Acquolina and Loquat restaurants will again feature regional themed dinners on Monday, 3 June and Thursday, 6 June respectively. Keep an eye on the website for more events to be announced over the coming weeks, or SMS ‘taste@spcc’ to 0427 800 800 to receive info direct to your phone. Taste of Sorrento, 1-8 June 2013, a great winter escape

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Your own Feast


Feast Catering Co are a local Sorrento company who put a whole lot of effort into growing and sourcing amazing ingredients and creating stunning food that won’t break the budget. Fresh herbs from the garden, sustainable fish and flavours inspired from far and wide. This is truly a think global, act local, business. Chef and owner Rachel van den Bosch spent many years working in high-end restaurants in Melbourne but prefers the more relaxed nature of the Peninsula and the personal side of

providing food for special occasions. As a qualified nutritionist Rachel also puts a healthy slant on the menu using only the best quality oils, fresh produce and a light touch. With a dedicated team, including the amazing pastry chef Alain Calinghee, they go the extra mile to make your wedding, dinner, brunch or gourmet BBQ a perfect event. And if you want to know their secrets for amazing food- they even offer cooking classes on the side! 03) 5984 4102

Pancakes, maple syrup & everything in between Already famous for their delicious pancakes, Buckley’s Chance in Sorrento easily delivers one of the best coffees in town alongside other enticing menu options. The locals know this as the place to go at any time of day and the kids are also catered for. Voted by the Herald Sun as being in the top 5 pancakes in Victoria, their signature pancakes with fresh berries and ice cream are even more delicious when topped with their 100% pure Canadian maple syrup. Other winning menu options include the salt & pepper calamari or juicy steak sandwich with caramelized onion & Buckley’s own tomato relish. There are also a wide range of sandwiches and salads to choose from. Being named after the convict William Buckley who survived on the shores of Port Phillip Bay against almost impossible odds for 32 years, owners Fred & Pam have nearly reached the same milestone having survived hard labour here for over thirty years. Come and enjoy some of the best food around or even take some of their delicious ‘edible gifts’ home to enjoy. Buckley’s Chance is found at 174 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento Tel. 5984 2888 by Linda Bosnic

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Best fish & chips around Perfect in any season Fish & Chips is a favourite for every member of the family. Perhaps it’s the fact we are surrounded by sea jumping with fresh fish or the anglo background of many Australians, but we love our chip buttes and our freshly caught seafood - fish and chips style. At Fish Fetish you will find a bevvy of tasty morsels from the sea perfectly prepared and always fresh. Traditionally served with all the condiments you desire, you can take home or enjoy a meal at this sidewalk cafe. Salads, prawns and scallops are also on offer served in a variety of delicious ways. Friendly staff greet you and while you wait there are plenty of great stores nearby to browse. Find Fish Fetish in the middle of Ocean Beach Road.


Seasonal organic produce Smokehouse Sorrento has been owned and operated by husband and wife team David Stringer and Elizabeth Blane since 2001 and has been recommended in The Age Good Food Guide each year since. The focus is simple, fresh food which is all carefully prepared on site using locally sourced ingredients, including seasonal organic produce grown on their Whitecliffs property. The gourmet wood-fired pizzas were recently described by Broadsheet Melbourne as the best in time. The entire menu can be enjoyed as dine-in or take-away with gluten, dairy and fructose free options available on both the pizza and grill menu. The owners have 7 children and have made the early sitting very child friendly. The children’s menu contains only real food, no preservatives or processed items here … hand-made pizza, pasta, scotch fillet and fresh trevally ensure the kids are well-fed. For the grown-ups the restaurant is fully licensed with excellent local wine list. The menu offers gourmet wood-fired pizzas as well a full a la carte menu. This place is a favourite dinner venue with locals and visitors so it’s wise to book 5984 1246

Catering at its best from surf to snow Creating weddings with impact and individuality, Sorrento Catering design menu’s, beverage packages and source venues to suit your style, taste and budget, creating a wedding as “individual as you!” This season saw magicians, fireworks, spectacular views, cliff top locations, amazing marquees, stunning brides and of course sensational food, beautifully styled, modern presentation. From stand up events with roving canapés, mini entrees, petit desserts and theatrical presentation, to the more formal sit down event with orders being taken for entrée and main course, followed by a beautiful selection of grazing desserts. From surf to snow, Sorrento, Portsea, Melbourne and beyond, with two amazing restaurants at Falls Creek we can now offer the ultimate in “white weddings” With 40 years experience in the art of professional catering Barry Iddles and his team will ensure your event is “the event of the year!!” Bookings and enquiries Rebekah 0400 414 173 Barry 0412 580 968

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All in the Family

by Liz Rogers When this circa 1886 building came up for sale around twenty years ago, the Fairlie family couldn’t resist. ‘We had another business in town already’, says Helen, ‘but we fell for this one straight away’. It’s easy to see why. They say good things come in threes and Stringers Stores is proof in the pudding. On the top floor is the kitchen where all your in-house food plus take home options are created. Take the night off this winter with a delicious casserole, curry, lasagne or soup made from only the highest quality ingredients sourced locally. A dreamy dessert will complete the deal. The main floor houses a café, liquor store and IGA. Think coffee and cake and wines from throughout the region. There is also a deli crammed full of delightful dips, crusty baguettes and mouth-watering cheeses all ready to jump into a picnic basket for those on the go, or stay put in the cosy courtyard or be street seen out front. A downstairs cellar houses a select range of vintage wines. ‘We only stock produce we love’, says Helen, and it’s a family affair - her husband Warwick and their daughters Nina and Lucy are on board. ‘We love to cook, and we love to eat!’ Whether it’s your weekly shop or a gourmet treat you’re after, what the unique Stringers Stores hasn’t got, you don’t need. Everything they do have will leave you wanting for more. Stringers Stores, 2 – 8 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento Open from 8am every day Ph: 5984 2010


A place of flavours by Liz Rogers Pavarotti knew what he was talking about. He believed that ‘one of the nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop and devote our attention to eating’. LOQUAT follows this simple motto with operatic panache, and after almost ten years in operation, it is pleasing to report they have kept up the good work! Chef / owner Paul Manning knows his stuff. Starting front of house before planting roots in the kitchen, he and co-owner Tracey have worked and travelled in Far North Queensland, North America and Europe. Combinations like Duck Confit with Anise Jus & Sous Vide Salmon with Miso Butter stand testimony to his prowess. If Paul is not curing, corning, smoking or pickling something, you’ll find him fishing or in the LOQUAT garden tending to his micro herbs. He is ever looking for ways to make food taste better. This year LOQUAT was part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Regional World’s Longest Lunch on the Sorrento Foreshore. Their entree of gin & dill cured salmon with crisp skin, capers, grapefruit and micro-herbs was a hit. The great

tenor would be pleased. And so will you. Take the plunge a few steps down off Point Nepean Road in Sorrento and you’ll come up trumps. Bravo! WHAT’S ON AT LOQUAT Taste of Sorrento Dinner in June 6, 2013 (details coming soon .....) Thursday & Sunday Nights Menu du Jour set 2 course $32 or 3 course $39 Thursday nights are BYO @ $10 per bottle (sorry, these offers exclude long weekends)

Check out our facebook page for updates LOQUAT, SORRENTO Dinner Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sundays (Lunch by arrangement under the LOQUAT tree or in ‘The Gallery’) Reservations 5984 4444 or just pop in for a drink @ the LOQUAT bar

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There’s a buzz at Dromana as the word gets around Since it opened last November the Whispering Vines Café has been the talk of the town. Each day there is a buzz at the Café as visitors are surprised at the quality of the food on offer at very reasonable prices. Manager Lori Smith, previously Sommelier in some of Melbourne’s finest and most iconic venues has set about delivering big city standards in an unpretentious atmosphere. “I just love talking to people about wine and introducing them to styles and flavours they may have never tried or even heard of before”, she said. The style is relaxed and the service is warm and friendly. “I have to say, I’ve been pleasantly surprised, I never expected anything like the numbers we have seen in our first year, and even more pleasing is the number of regulars we have attracted, it’s clear a café like this is what people here want” said owner, Jim Manolios. Sue and Ian Smith live at Dromana


and they have already become Whispering Vines regulars. “The food is marvellous, I love the ambience and the sophisticated rustic look, the views are wonderful and the service is fabulous, we just love it”, said Sue Smith. “Our favourite times there have been the Friday night ‘wine down’ dinners, the food, the price, it’s all just perfect, this is how wineries used to be”, she said The Wine Downs have been a big hit all round. Each Friday between 4 and 7, visitors enjoy bottomless pizza from $15 per head and the first glass of wine is on the house. Dinner has been available on some weekends as well as for pre-booked functions with people eager to sample the fine food. Jenny Bendall from nearby McCrae has become a Whispering Vines regular too. “I love the place, I love the food, I love the staff, she said – it’s just super”.

Chef Farid Rachedi was trained in Toulouse, France and worked for some of the prestigious catering companies in London, he made the move to the Mornington Peninsula because his wife, who is also a chef, lives here. He is highly trained in pastries and has a great knowledge of regionality and using local produce from his training in France. Most of the Whispering Vines produce is grown organically in the owner’s next door garden. Whispering Vines is the centrepiece of stunning, Trofeo Estate, a local vineyard run on biodynamic principles and producing wine in imported terracotta amphorae to promote the purity of the fruit. Cellar Door is open from 10-5pm 7 days a week, the cellar door not only provides wine tasting and sales direct to the public but also offers a range of Trofeo Estate produce and products for sale, from Olive Oil grown on olive groves in Samos Greece to fruit and preserves made from local produce.

Whispering Vines Café is the centrepiece of stunning new Trofeo Estate winery and vineyard.

Lunch 12pm-4pm Open 7 days

The café offers breakfast and lunch from 8am daily featuring food from French chef, Farid Rachedi. His menu is an eclectic mix of seasonal dishes made from locally grown organic produce. Manager Lori Smith ensures meals are delivered in a relaxed and unpretentious style – service is always warm and friendly and the prices are reasonable. The estate and vineyard are run on biodynamic principles and Trofeo Estate wines are matured in Terracotta Amphorae which are hand-made in Italy. Open from 10am 7 days a week, the cellar door provides wine tasting and wine sales direct to the public. Trofeo Estate offers a range of estate grown produce and products for sale, including fresh vegetables and preserves from our garden.

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Cruising at Sorrento Set sail on your next mid-week or weekend break at Hotel Sorrento where you can while away the time gazing out past the pines to ferries making waves or hunker down in a cosy love nest for two. This limestone and lacework lady has real class. Intimate, well sheltered balconies, gorgeous garden decks and endless possibilities: try a romantic weekend retreat or a ‘get your groove on’ golfing getaway. The fully equipped stylish conference facility turns work into play. The premium range of accommodation in this Grand Dame


means both couples and families are taken care of. The Heritage Suites have views of Port Philip Bay and the On the Hill apartments are family friendly. The old world charm of the Sorrento Restaurant will have you believing you’ve been transported back in time until, that is, you sample the modern cuisine. Grills and seafood are staples blending local Australian ingredients with international flavours. Continental breakfast or a full breakfast is available every morning. If it’s a drink you’re after take stock in the Limeburners Bar and raise a glass to the Sorrento ancestors who

by Liz Rogers dug lime from the Sorrento soil, or have a casual pre dinner drink (or that special event) in the Cellar Bar. Log onto to check out their getaway packages – Take it Easy, Sorrento Pamper Package and Relax and Unwind Weekend Package may give you some idea of what to expect. The Spa ‘Sanctuary’ is a dead give-away. Enjoy! Hotel Sorrento 5-15 Hotham Road Sorrento Ph.: 5984 8000 Email:


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