Things to do in Lorne
Population - 2300
Lorne is situated on the Great Ocean Road 69km south west of Geelong in Victoria, Australia.
Wedged between the sea and the Otway Ranges Lorne is a fashionable and pleasant seaside resort town with a great atmosphere. Situated along the estuary of the Erskine River which flows into Louttit Bay gives visitors a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the beautiful coastline. From Melbourne via the freeway, 1 1/2 hours drive & 1 hour from Avalon airport, makes Lorne very accessible for a quiet weekend or mid week escape or as a perfect overnight stop while travelling the Great Ocean Road.
The Hills behind Lorne are part of the Angahook Lorne State Park with ample walks, grand views, and waterfalls making it a nature lovers paradise. There are walking trails through the verdant rainforest, and with lots of great picnic spots at the parking areas.
For those with a penchant towards art there are wonderful Art Galleries with works by local artists. Antique Collectors are also catered for. With many boutique shops along Mountjoy Parade the avid shopper is well catered for with clothes, souvenirs and designer homewares in great supply.
Eating out in Lorne is easy, the only difficulty is choosing which one of the many great options to try. Its a place to come back to time and again to sample the variety of fine menus.
Things to do in Lorne:
- QDos Art Gallery to enjoy lunch & explore the art gallery at leisure
- If you find yourself in Lorne on the 4th Monday of the month why not join the bookclub at the Senior Citizens CentreWomen's Circle is every second Tuesday at Figtree Community
SPORTS - For the Sports person Lorne has a number of sporting clubs for those keen to participate.
- Enjoy a surfing lesson with Go ride a wave - to book call 1300 132 4411
- Gallop along the beach at Aireys inlet with Blazing Saddles - to book call 0418 528 647
- Golf Course on Holiday Rd,
- Lawn Bowls
- Club on Mountjoy Parade
- Swimming Pool on the Foreshore.
- Lorne Surf Life Saving Club is on the Foreshore the northern end of the beach is a popular surfing spot.
- Surf fishing is also very popular along the coast.
WALKS - There are several Lookout points in the Lorne area.
- Teddy's Lookout - at the end of George St, on Lorne's southern outskirts was named after a ranger who rounded up stray cattle, there offers fine views over the town and coastline. There is a rotunda dating from the 1880s.
- Cinema Point Lookout is located about 10 km north east of Lorne. It is the highest point on the Great Ocean Road and it is arguably the finest view along the coast. The descent to Lorne begins from this point.
- Cathedral Rocks Lookout is about 6 km north east of Lorne.
- The Mt Defiance Lookout is 9 km south of Lorne.
- Walk across Lorne's historic swing bridge continue along the beach or follow the trail to the iconic pier.
- Wander along Mountjoy Parade. There are many shops to visit on a wet afternoon in winter. From new & secondhand bookshops, markets to boutiques & homewares , Lorne has some of the most varied shopping along the Great Ocean Road.
- Browse this popular strip or even stop and experience a tarot reading.
- Admire the coastal views or whales calving from the Lorne Pier and discover the shipwreck stories of the bay.
- Walk along the tramway walk from Hird St to St George river late afternoon to see the kangaroos grazing
Angahook Lorne State Park
This park runs along the coast both north east and south west of
Lorne. There are plenty of beautiful walks, of different grades, and
facilities of BBQ and picnic areas with toilets.
The Picnic areas are at:
- Sheoak Picnic Area - 4 km along Allenvale Rd, has bbq
facilities, toilets, picnic tables, fireplaces and drinking water.
- Blanket Leaf Picnic Ground - 7 km along Erskine Falls Rd which
runs off of William St. There are fireplaces, picnic tables, toilets,
drinking water and information boards.
Both have several walks starting from them.
- Cora Lynn Cascades Walk - 4 km return - starts at the Blanket Leaf Picnic Ground. This walk passes through fern gullies and rocky gorges to Cora Lynn Cascades.
- Cora Lynn Cascades Walk extension - 10 km return - starts at the Blanket Leaf Picnic Ground. This walk passes through fern gullies and rocky gorges to Cora Lynn Cascades. Beyond the Cascades to the Cora Lynn carpark is very difficult and only for experienced walkers. From the carpark the track continues on to Phantom Falls and intersects with Allenvale Road at the Allenvale Mill campsite. From here you can walk east along Allenvale Road then turn left onto the Green Break Track
eventually joining up with Erskine Falls Road which leads back to the picnic area.
- Erskine Falls Walk - 50 metres to Erskine Falls from the Erskine Falls carpark. Erskine Falls tumble 30 metres into the tree fern gully below. There is a viewing platform at the top ofthe falls and steps lead down to the base of the falls. 500 metres walk further takes you to Straw Falls and a further 1.3 km walk to Splitters Falls. This section of the walk should not be attempted when water levels are high.
- Kalimna Falls Loop Walk - 8 km return - From the Sheoak Picnic Area follows the route of an old timber tramline west along Sheoak Creek to the Lower Kalimna Falls then on through dense tree ferns around the Upper Kalimna Falls. Return towards the Lower Falls taking the track to the right before reaching Lower Falls. This joins up with Garveys Track and returns you to the Picnic Area.
- Sheoak Falls Walk - 7 km return- From the Sheoak Picnic Area heads south-east along Sheoak Creek to Swallow Cave and on for another 400 metres to the 15 metre high Sheoak Falls, do not attempt this section of the walk when water levels are high. Return a short distance towards Swallow Cave and branch off to the left along the Sheoak/Castle Rock Track. About 1.3 km there is a track junction, turn left to Castle Rock where there is a lookout then return to the junction. Keep left, following the Sheoak Track north to Garveys Track and back to the Picnic Area.
- Phantom Falls Walk - 8.6 km return - From the Sheoak Picnic Area heads north-west to Won Wondah Falls then to Henderson Falls. From there return a short distance to the track junction, keep left as the track veers north, passes between the eight metre high walls of The Canyon and on to Phantom Falls. From Phantom falls follow the Saint George River to the Allenvale Mill site then walk along Allenvale Road back to the Picnic Area.
- Lorne, with it's many hills, is a favorite training spot for those planning to hike the Kokoda trail.
Lorne is abundant with Australian wild life, Koalas, Wallabies’, varied parrots and even glow worms can be spotted. On the hillside above Lorne, with a scenic view of the Great Ocean Road winding around the coast. Teddy's Lookout is a romantic place to sit together and watch the sunset.There are picnic tables to enjoy fish and chips or a burger from the Bottle of Milk.
LOCAL EXPERIENCES WE RECOMMEND
- Cape Otway Lightstation
- Splitpoint lighthouse
- Apostles flightseeing
- Whales calving (seasonal)
- Mait's rest
- Torquay Surfworld
- Pettavel Winery and Restaurant
- Wolsely wines
- Gosling Creek Wines
- Blakes Estate Cnr of Bambra Cemetery Rd and Parkers Rd, Deans Marsh, (03) 5236 3246. Open weekends and public holidays.
- Dinny Goonan Family Estate 880 Winchelsea-Deans Marsh Rd, Bambra, (03) 5288 7100. Open weekends and public holidays.
- Wye river store great spot for lunch in winter in front of the open fire
- Freshwater Cakes Bakery 650 Anglesea Rd, Freshwater Creek, (03) 5264 5246.
- Old Lorne Road Olives
- Gentle Annie Berry Gardens 520 Pennyroyal Valley Rd, Deans Marsh, (03) 5236 3391. Open for PYO berries daily 10am-5pm Nov-Apr.