Paddlesteamers at Sorrento
Sorrento from the Pier, Postcard, c1900
Nepean Historical Society
Sorrento offered visitors a wide range of outdoor activities and accommodation to suit all budgets. People would put on their best outfits to promenade along the foreshore.
The Sorrento pier was constructed in 1870 mainly for vessels engaged in transporting lime to Melbourne.
By 1886 the regular steamship service was capable of carrying well over 3,000 passengers a day on the paddle steamers Ozone, Hygeia and Weeroona. Over 4,000 trippers were known to arrive on some days. Many would then take the steam or horse-drawn tram to the Ocean Beach.