Mornington Peninsula: Sorrento Back Beach
Get There: Follow Ocean Beach Road south through the town of Sorrento until you read the end. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you spot All Smiles Café perched on the edge of the carpark.
Do you like beachcombing, fingering sea anemones and splashing about in rockpools? If so, Sorrento Back Beach is where it’s at. This gem of a destination is famous for its honeycomb-like reef platform, which is revealed two hours either side of low side and stretches along the coastline for nearly a kilometre. There are dozens of rockpools: some so deep you can dive into them; others so large you could get lost in their forests of seaweed.
The main sand beach is is left of the pools, and is set in a natural amphitheatre. It’s patrolled in the summer months (and also packed), and although there are usually a few waves, it’s only surfable at mid-to-high tide when there is large swell. The carpark is massive and hobo-friendly, with lots of showers and toilets, and it also has big wooden platforms that double as dining tables and chairs.