Streetscape (with Tram)

Address:10 Ocean Beach Rd
Suburb:Sorrento

The early views of Sorrento’s main street show a wide spacious streetscape. There was plenty of space for the horse drawn tram and the steam tram which plied the road from the ferry tram platform to the ocean beach. The arrival of the motor vehicle however saw the tram’s eventual demise in 1921. Prior to the road being surfaced in 1929 Sorrento looked very much like a new country town. Photographs attest to increased car ownership from the 1930s and by the 1940s median strips had been incorporated in part. By the fifties it is clear that the family car enabled people to come via road and the streets are busy with car traffic. The town changes irreversibly from the sleepy hollow that it had become during the depression, as many more families were able to and chose to come for holidays post World War II. More recent planning has aimed to reprioritise the pedestrian experience with the reclamation of traffic lanes for alfresco dining and integrated vegetation for shade canopies. In 2013 the car still dominates Ocean Beach Road. Recent roadside redevelopment carried out by the Mornington Peninsula Shire attests to their continued encouragement of pedestrian access.