There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to visiting Lorne, with this Great Ocean Road town proving it’s more than just surf and sand.
Read on to discover the best things to do and see in Lorne, or find and book accommodation in Lorne today.
On a road that boasts world-class views and access to some of Australia’s most well-known beaches, it would be easy to drive right through Lorne and write it off as just another surf town. Stop in Lorne though, and you’ll discover what makes this township stand out from every other coastal community on the Great Ocean Road. It’s a place that comes alive in summer, with festivals and events held that make the most of a population that multiplies during peak season, yet it still remains a ruggedly appealing winter getaway choice.
Situated on the Great Ocean Road, Lorne obviously has a pretty remarkable beach; with the long stretch of sand allowing plenty of room for surfers, swimmers and sunbakers. So it goes without saying that no visit to Lorne is complete without a dip, stroll along the foreshore and a walk out to the end of the pier.
What also makes Lorne so unique is its close proximity to the Otway Ranges National Park. Backing onto such a diverse natural environment means there a lot to see and discover. The lush rainforest environment is home to at least 7 waterfalls all within walking distance of Lorne, as well as many hiking tracks and caves to explore.
For some of the most spectacular views of the Great Ocean Road, Louttit Bay and the Lorne township itself, and we’re talking jaw-dropping views here; it’s worth making the trek up to Teddy’s Lookout. The word ‘trek’ should be used very lightly, as Teddy’s Lookout is also accessible via car, and the walking tracks out to the multiple lookouts should be easy for people of all varying fitness levels. Getting your first glimpse of the scenery however, is unforgettable, with stunning panoramic views of the ocean, rainforest and winding Great Ocean Road all on display. Definitely a must-do in Lorne.
If you’re looking to test the fitness levels slightly more, hit the hiking trail and head for Erskine Falls (don’t worry - you can always drive the short 5 minute journey from Lorne). On a three hour round trip the path takes you straight into the dense rainforest, opening up when you get to the falls. The top lookout allows you to view the falls as they spectacularly cascade into the gully below. You can then descend further into the heart of the rainforest, with steps taking you to the very bottom of the falls.
It’s hard to miss the majestic old structure at the end of the main street of Lorne, with Lorne Hotel being one of the most recognisable buildings along the Great Ocean Road. End point of the annual Pier to Pub ocean swim, it’s a grand establishment perfect for catching up with friends, enjoying a meal on the rooftop beer garden and looking out over the Lorne foreshore.
Along Victoria’s famous Great Ocean Road you’ll find Lorne, 140km from Melbourne.
Travel along the Princes Freeway, taking the exit at Anglesea to get onto the Great Ocean Road. A two hour travel time should see you reach Lorne.
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