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Upcoming Local Events & Attractions

There is always something happening here on the Mornington Peninsula – festivals, exhibitions, sporting events, food and wine tastings, markets and much more! Check out below to see what is coming up.

Local Activities

Australia Day @ Sorrento/Portsea RSL

Come along and join the fun! Free community barbecue

11.30am: Flag Raising Ceremony
1:30 to 3.30pm: Music by Cruizin
4:00 to 7:00pm: Music by Marty Rose Band

Where: Sorrento/Portsea RSL, 1-3 Hurley St Sorrento

Golden Ages Cabaret Show @ Sorrento Activity Centre

Featuring: Paul Hogan and The She-Laas. An extravaganza of vocal harmonies, hysterical antics and stunning costumes that will transport you back in time to the fabulous 1960’s. This event is supported by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Community Grants program.

Dates: Friday 18 February 2022 11:00am & 6:00pm – Saturday 19 February 2022 2:00pm
Where: Sorrento Activity Centre, 823 Melbourne Road, Sorrento

I Saw It @

for events and to see movie screenings visit website

Ph: 03 5931 0022

Open 7 days a week
Current programs are available the website which will be updated every week

The place to be this summer – Yawa Aquatic Centre

Make a splash on Yawa’s brand new giant inflatable obstacle course. For booking details visit website

Open: 5th to 26th January
When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Time: 11:30am to 2:30pm
Cost: $11.30 (includes pool entry)

or make use of the many facilities available at Yawa

School Holiday Candle Making Workshops @ Red Hill Candle Co

Join us in the Red Hill Candle Co Scent Lab to learn about the art of candle making these school holidays. Designed for ages 4-14years. Included in the workshop price of $45per person:

– 45minutes of candle and fragrance fun!
– A talk introducing you to candle making and 15 differentfragrances
– A welcome glass of juice on arrival
– All the materials needed to make your candles
– You will get to make;
x2 small tin soy wax candles

When: Fri 21st Jan 11am
To book visit web:

Summer fun @ Sorrento Bowls Club

It’s a great way to spend a summer evening in Sorrento and meet new friends! Individuals, couples, family groups, and beginners are all welcome. Coaching is available and the bar is open. All equipment provided.

Twilight Bowls Thursdays to January 27th from 6.30 to 8.30 pm.on the Clubs rear green(now under lights) Cost is $15 per person.

Family fun on the green – Thursday January 20 and 27 from 6.300m to 8.30pm. (Come at 6pm for QR check-ins)
$15pp – children under 5 are free. Bookings are now open for this popular summer event!

Fun for locals and visitors alike on Australia Day ( Wednesday January 26) with Barefoot Bowls at Sorrento Bowls Club from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Advance bookings required. $15pp

All players must be double vaccinated and present certification on arrival and register via the QR code check in.
Call Jim Newton on 0468 377 909 to register or call Judith Mordech on 0412 371 321

Get the kids off their screens and into Moonlit Sanctuary

If you have some junior nature lovers pleased to be on the flipside of lockdown and ready to get outdoors, the Junior Keepers holiday program is the ideal activity. A typical day includes interactions with cockatoos, reptiles and nocturnal animals including behind the scenes access. Junior Keepers help with feeding animals and animal enrichment activities. Suitable for kids aged 7-14 years.

Time: 9:00am-2:00pm
Dates: January 2022 – Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th, Thursday 20th, Friday 21st, Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th,

Also running is a Special Needs Keeper Club these holidays on Wednesday, 19th January.
9:45am sign in. 10am start. 1:15pm finish. The Special Needs Keeper Club program provides an opportunity for children who love animals but are unable to attend our mainstream Keeper Club program due to specialised learning or physical needs, and who may require additional support from a parent, guardian or carer.

Fun Summer Soirees are back @ Manyung Gallery Sorrento

Enjoy the wide range of beautiful contemporary artworks in the gallery and get into the summer vibe with live music street side.

Every Saturday 2:00 to 5:00pm in January.
Address: 113 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento
Phone: (03) 9787 2953

‘Love in the jungle’ exhibition @

opens the door into a world of escapism, transporting you into a tropical jungle. Flamingos and toucans perched amidst palm trees, water lilies and banana palms. Vibrant fruit-like hues create a fantasy experience told through beautiful colours and rich textures. Visit the Christopher Vine Gallery to take part in this moment.

When: Opening on the 5th of December (everyday)
Where: 69-75 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento
Time: 10:00 to 5:00pm
Ph:0413 578 170

Sorrento Ghost Tours

Don’t believe in ghosts? Join the Sorrento Ghost Walking Tour, visit 12 historical locations with at least 8 of them said to be haunted and prepare to have your mind changed.

Date: choose your own date
Time: Choose your own time – normally 8pm
Phone: 0409 844768

Private tours only for up to 6 people $200.
$35 per person on top of set price for more people. No concessions, no children prices.

Boatshed Cheese

Drop in or to taste or call to organise a cheese tasting experience. Sarah, Sean and all the team will look after you and all your cheese desires.

Date: Monday to Friday, Saturday 9-4, Sunday 10-4
Address: 3/10 Thomson Terrace, Dromana
Ph: 0476 180 382

Live Music on the Peninsula

January Gig Guide @ Rye Hotel

Fri 21st – Dan Pal
Sat 22nd – Heartbreak Trial
Sun 23rd – Dan Pal
Fri 28th – The Fresliders
Sat 29th – NinchFest Warm Up
Sun 30th – Mietta

When: Fridays & Saturdays 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Sundays 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: In the Park Bar, Rye Hotel, 2415 Pt Nepean Rd Rye

Spirited Sounds of Summer @ Bass & Flinders Distillery

Summertime is here again and we have Live Music every Sunday at Bass & Flinders Distillery. Come and join us & enjoy our handcrafted, small batch spirits while soaking up the smooth sounds of summer with some of our favourite local artists.

Sunday Jan 23rd: Simon Levick

Time: 1:30-4:30pm
Bookings essential to avoid disappointment.
Phone: 03 5987 3893

We are open EVERY DAY over summer for cocktails, local grazing platters and your favourite gin paddles.

Live from the Stables @ St Andrews Beach Brewery

Get in quick – Tickets Are Selling Fast!

Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon) & Dallas Frasca
When: Sat 22nd January 14:00 to 20:00
Tickets: $60pp
Bookings essential:

Sunsets in the Wetlands @ Boneo Discovery Park

Live music, family friendly, tapas, beer & wine – no cover charge

When: Friday & Saturday nights
Ph: 03 5988 6385

Live music every Saturday @ Limani Cafe Wine Bar – Portsea

If you love a coastal Greek vibe then Limani is for you! Sit back enjoy a Spritz, Local wine, Local beer and a few mezze plates as you soak in the chilled vible in Portsea Village

Address: 3760 Point Nepean Rd, Portsea
Ph: 0418 367 007

Yes! We’re back @ Sorrento RSL Tom Katz

January’s program as follows:

Sunday 23rd – Steve Hoy and the Subliminals
Weds 26th – Australia Day Featuring: Cruizin’ and the Marty Rose Band
All day BBQ and family fun
Sun 30th – Soulmates

Tickets online thru trybooking
Ph: 03 5984 2886

Where to Eat

Le Capucin

Open for take away coffee, pastries house made pies etc. French meals such as Beef Bourguignon, Cassoulet, Coq au Vin and more yummy treats available.
Hours: 8-3pm daily
Ph: (03) 5984 3243
3770 Point Nepean Road, Portsea

Rye Hotel

The Rye Hotel is a family-owned business that has well trained and enthusiastic staff with old fashion friendly service values.

Ph: 03 5985 2277

Lime Spice Hawker Beach Bar

Asian Fusion Dining
Open for lunch Friday to Sunday from 12noon
Open for dinner Wednesday to Saturday from 5pm
Book your table at
2839 Pt Nepean Rd, Rye
Ph: (03) 5910 0966
Address: 2839 Pt Nepean Rd, Rye

Authentic Italian Food @ Sardo Sorrento

Come in and enjoy the Italian vibe and authentic food. Sip on an Aperol spritz and sit in the open air courtyard with friends and family. Everyone welcome.
Open every day – 5:00pm till late
Ph: (03) 5984 0811

Water-Based Activities

Tour of the Bay with Riptide Charters

Tour includes

• Southern Pile Light where we will see Australasian Gannets, Cormorants and of course, the Seals,
• South Chanel Fort including access to the underground tunnels
• Cruise back for some (hopefully) Dolphin Spotting.
• Leaving from either Blairgowrie or Rye Jetty.

All this for $25 per person

To secure your booking ring Steve Ross 0433 473 061

Also normal fishing/touring by appointment

Water Activities Galore @ Bayplay & Illuka Retreat

Snorkel / Diving Equipment Available every day from 9.00am – 5.00pm
Kayak Hire – Sit on Top (single or Double) – Available every day for a 3 hour hire, 10.00am or 1.00pm time slot
Stand Up Paddle Board Hire – Available every day for a 2 hour hire, 10.00am or 2.00pm time slot
Bike Hire – Available every day for a 3 hour hire, 11.00am

Sea Kayak Tour – Dolphin Sanctury – Available every Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am – 3 hour experience
Snorkel with Seals – Available every Saturday and Sunday from 2.00pm – 2 hour experience
PADI Open Water Dive Course – 3 Day course, Friday till Sunday – Available every weekend, starting December 3rd

Available on request:
Discover Scuba Dive – Uncertified Divers
Guided Dive – Certified Divers
PADI Refresher Course – Certified Divers
Private experiences in any of our offerings

Dates and times on our experiences are constantly changing due to weather and tide conditions, it is recommended to call or email to confirm the activity is going ahead and has enough space before booking. Book now:

Address: 3755 Point Nepean Road, Portsea VIC
Phone: 5984 0888
Web: &

Fishing on the beautiful Port Phillip Bay with Timeout Fishing Charters

Date: Everyday booking And weather depending
Time: if applicable Trips are run either 7am till 12noon or 8am till 12noon depending on the day, 1-5pm and there will be some 6-9pm
Address: Rye Boat Ramp for general charters or Blairgowrie Marina for disability charters
Phone: 0400 440 705

Exclusive Sightseeing & Fishing Charters @ Riptide Charters

Do you want to see the South Chanel Fort, Southern Pile Light, Chinaman’s Hat and Mud Islands on your own private tour?
All trips are by appointment, go where you want when you want.
Maximum 8 ppl (one party exclusively)

Price: Flat rate of $80 per hour (whole boat is yours, includes fishing gear
Departs: Blairgowrie Pier
Ph:0433 473 061 (Call Steve Ross to make an appointment)

Ocean and Bay Fishing Charters with Rip Charters

Date: Trips depart daily in season. Weather permitting
Ph: 0438 390 312

**Sterile cleaning** @ Rest Easy Services

If you have any deep cleaning or extra sterilisation requirements, Rest Easy Services have teams trained and ready. Fully equipped with masks, gloves and hospital grade sanitiser spray.
Please call 0429 780 896 or email and quote “Beachside” to get your 10% discount. Stay sterile!!

Mornington Peninsula Beachside Tourism