Lorne on the Great Ocean Road is only about 2hrs drive from Melbourne Australia (140kms). It is backed by the Great Otway National Park with the Southern Ocean on its beachfront.
The main beach is family friendly and there is an adventure playground, trampolines and a swimming pool along the shoreline. There is even a skatepark for those so inclined.
Whales can also be spotted from the beachfront, as they pass by to go to their favourite breeding grounds further north, during late autumn to spring. The sightings have been becoming more frequent in recent times. Contact The Lorne Visitor Centre on 1300 891 152 or the Torquay Visitor Centre on 1300 614 219 if you see them, so others can also enjoy the view!
The main street of Lorne runs along the beach and is filled with restaurants and other places to eat. You can sample some of the freshest seafood available in Australia here and there are boutiques and speciality shops to explore, cafeés and bakeries to try.
There are numerous waterfalls in the surrounds of Lorne. Erskine Falls is about 10kms from Lorne. There are others, including Henderson, Sheoak and Cumberland Falls complete with hiking trails of varying difficulty. Erskine Falls can be reached with an easy walk, about 15 minutes.
During the New Year period, you can enjoy the Falls Festival, a music festival. Also, just after New Years, there is the ‘Pier to Pub’ swim event and the Lorne Anaconda Adventure Race held in December. In May, there is the Great Ocean Road Marathon, run from Lorne to Apollo Bay complete with fantastic scenery!
Lorne is located past Anglesea from Melbourne on the Great Ocean Road, at a distance of 140kms. A shorter alternative route to Apollo Bay is via Forrest and Birregurra, and then to Lorne.
One of the many beautiful beaches on the Great Ocean Road
Along the Great Ocean Road You can find budget to luxury places to stay: resorts and hotels to beach cabins.
Main Photo: Lorne is situated on the Victoria Surf Coast
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