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Sorrento’s Continental Precinct

19 June 2024

In the heart of Sorrento is an architectural icon that has withstood the test of time. The Continental, affectionately known as the "Conti" by locals, has been a beloved landmark since 1875 when George Coppin, the father of Melbourne theatre, brought a slice of European luxury to this picturesque corner of Australia. Now, after a meticulous restoration and reimagining by architecture and design studio, Woods Bagot, The Continental has reclaimed its position as the jewel of the Mornington Peninsula. 

The 20,000-square-metre lifestyle precinct exemplifies the power of vision and innovation, seamlessly combining The Continental's heritage with modern luxury across six levels. At the core of this transformation is a kaleidoscope of experiences that cater to every taste and occasion. From world-class dining and entertainment to luxurious accommodation and state-of-the-art wellness facilities, The Continental has it all. 

Foodies revel in the precinct's diverse dining options, curated by renowned chefs Scott Pickett and Julian Robertshaw. Audrey's, named after Pickett's grandmother, is a hatted restaurant that showcases the finest local produce and sea-inspired flavours against a backdrop of panoramic views. The restaurant's recent accolade as the AHA Best Pub Restaurant in 2024 affirms Audrey’s exceptional quality and service. 

For a more casual dining experience, visitors can head to the Conti Bar, a homage to Sorrento's heritage with its limestone walls and nautical accents. The bar offers both indoor and outdoor spaces, perfect for enjoying a refreshing drink or a light meal. The Beer Garden and Promenade provide additional al fresco options, while the Atrium, with its stunning glass artwork, is an inspiring setting for lunches or cocktails. 

At night, The Continental comes alive with Barlow, a speakeasy-inspired space where live entertainment takes centre stage with comedy, jazz & shiraz, piano nights, and more. Expert mixologists craft an extensive selection of drinks, complemented by delicious food served in a luxurious setting. 

Beyond its culinary delights, the precinct is also a hub for events and celebrations. The beautifully restored spaces provide a stunning backdrop for corporate events, weddings, wellness retreats, and private gatherings, with a team on hand to ensure every detail is taken care of. 

For those seeking a truly indulgent experience, The InterContinental Sorrento offers accommodation that expertly merges luxurious comfort and refined sophistication. Guests can unwind in elegantly appointed rooms and suites, each designed to provide a serene retreat from everyday life. 

No visit to The Continental would be complete without experiencing the Aurora Spa and Bathhouse. This state-of-the-art wellness facility offers a range of treatments and experiences designed to rejuvenate the body and mind, from massages and facials to hydrotherapy and steam rooms. 

The reopening of The Continental is a significant milestone for Sorrento and the Mornington Peninsula, driving business and tourism throughout the year. As a heritage-listed and award-winning building, the Conti's restoration and reimagining is a tribute to preserving the past while embracing the future. 

With its array of dining, accommodation, wellness, and events, The Continental is a must-visit destination for locals and tourists alike. This timeless treasure will redefine luxury and sophistication on the Mornington Peninsula for generations to come, cementing its status as an icon of the region. 


The Continental 

1/21 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento