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Sorrento is a coastal suburb north of Marmion and south of Hillarys. The area was first surveyed in 1929. The name Sorrento is probably taken from a town of the same name located near Naples in Italy. Back to at least the late 1960's, the West Coast Drive was known as West Coast Highway and the northern terminus of the road was in Sorrento, around about where the garage and shops are near Raleigh Avenue. That was all before Marmion Avenue was extended and upgraded


Sorrento - Odyssey Artwork

On the beachfront near the surf club is Odyssey, a public artwork. This stands on the site of the long gone Marmion Whaling Station. The art depicts the changing relationships between humans and whales over time. It was designed by Albie Herbert, sculptor. May 2020. Photos Ref: SORR001


Sorrento - Sacred Heart College

This is a view of part of Sacred Heart College looking from West Coast Drive. This is a co-educational Catholic high school which opened in 1967 when Sorrento was right on the periphery of Perth suburbia. May 2020. Photos Ref: SORR002


Sorrento - Il Pirata

Sorrento's Il Pirata pizza and pasta house on West Coast Drive. Italian "Il Pirata" translates to "The Pirate". It is also the name of an opera which premiered in 1827 and was composed by Vincenzo Bellini. May 2020. Photos Ref: SORR003


Sorrento - White Salt

Just around the corner from the pizza and pasta shop and facing West Coast Drive and the beach is White Salt bar, cafe and restaurant. May 2020. Photos Ref: SORR004


Sorrento - Voyage Kitchen

The Sorrento Voyage Kitchen. You can see the garage behind. It was just about here that the West Coast Highway terminated back about 50 years ago. And then it seemed like an oh-so-long drive from the city. May 2020. Photos Ref: SORR005


Sorrento - Beach

Looking across Sorrento beach to the north. You can make out parts of Hillarys Marina in the distance. May 2020. Photos Ref: SORR006


Sorrento - West Coast Drive

Looking down West Coast Drive to the south from near Odyssey. The restaurants and garage on the other side of the road down there is where West Coast Highway used to end in the 1960's. May 2020. Photos Ref: SORR007

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