Things to do in Victoria
The eclectic Gallery Sorrento has rotating exhibits by Australian artists such as Rick Matear, whose moody paintings often feature the Mornington Peninsula.
The Transport Hotel's Taxi Dining Room may get top honors from the press, but its rooftop terrace, Transit Lounge Garden, is what delivers, with killer drinks and views to die for.
For flirty summer dresses and linen skirts and tops, the boutique showcases up-and-coming Australian designers like Thurley and Lisa Brown.
Original Debut: Though local residents complained to the press that the new movie theater would be built “too close to churches” and that “such a noisy, showy place of entertainment would detract from the dignity and charm” of the area, the Astor Theater first lifted its curtain
Exquisite children's clothing, including colorful bathing suits (or cossies, as the Australians call them).
From the tip of the peninsula, you can see black wallabies, blue-winged parrots, and long-nosed bandicoots.
15 minutes southeast of Sorrento, natural mineral springs feed indoor and outdoor pools and baths.
Must-try: 2008 Sexton Vineyards Pinot Noir.
A modest dirt road leads to this winery, where vintner Richard McIntyre's earthy Shiraz and wood-fired pizzas (served only on weekends) have a cult following.
Graceful wines in a glorious setting, with an adjacent art gallery/museum.
The winery has made a name for itself with its rich Chardonnays.
Must-try: 2005 Dry Red No. 3.