SUP Destinations – Sorrento
Sorrento is one Victoria’s best SUP destinations. The location offers protected waters in many wind conditions, picturesque scenery and a range of paddling options. Between The Bath’s Restaurant Pier and the Searoad Ferry terminal, the semi enclosed and shallow waters offer an ideal spot for the the whole family to paddle.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, the more adventurous paddlers can take a scenic paddle to the Sorrento Yacht Club and back. From the water you can see some of Sorrento’s original limestone homes and hotels, some of which date back to the 1860s.
This area of the Sorrento foreshore is great for paddling in most wind conditions. The most ideal wind directions for this location are North West, West or South West winds.
In summer when the afternoon sea breeze is from a South East direction, paddlers can try their skills paddling into a headwind down to the Sorrento Sailing Club and then turn and cruise back to our foreshore location with the wind behind.
The water depth is suitable for beginners and those who might not be confident swimmers – being no more than waist deep in an area between the shoreline and the anchored boats.
There are no strong currents and a sandy seafloor means this is an ideal location for families with young children.
Sullivan Bay, Sorrento is the site of the first mainland European settlement in Victoria, established in 1803, 30 years before Melbourne was founded.
Due to a lack of fresh water the settlement was short lived and subsequently moved to Hobart in Tasmania. Victoria’s first magistrates’ court, public hospital, postal service and government printing office were established in Sorrento. The first Victorian wedding, christening and funeral services were held at Sullivans Bay.
The first settlement site overlooking Sullivans Bay includes graves believed to be of first settlers.
A horse and steam powered tram ran between the foreshore and the back beach between 1890 and 1920.