Lorne is one of Australia’s quintessential beach towns. It is more polished than other towns along the Great Ocean Road and has caught the attention of both local and international crowds.
Main Street looks out onto the foreshore which is lined with towering palms and backed by Otway National Park. However, Lorne is more than just a pretty face.
It has a thriving surf culture, culinary scene, shopping, music, and arts which are unparalleled along the Great Ocean Road. No matter what time of year you visit there will be lots of things to do in Lorne, Australia.
Location of Lorne Australia
Located alongside Louttit Bay, Lorne Australia is part of the Great Ocean Road and just a 2-hour drive from Melbourne.
It is about a three-hour drive to the 12 Apostles – the Great Ocean Road’s most iconic attraction. Don’t rush through Lorne though, this is a place that gets better with time.
Things to Do in Lorne
Visit Main Lorne Beach
If you want to spend a care-free day at the beach, then head to Lorne’s Main Beach. The white sand beach is suitable for swimming and sprawling and is patrolled in the summertime.
However, if it is your first-time ocean swimming we would advise you to read some tips on learning how to ocean swim before diving in.
Main Beach is also located just minutes walking from Lorne’s main street shops. So you can nab a piece of sand and spend the day in and out of the water and heading to and from Lorne’s shops and restaurants.
Explore North Lorne Beach
Located near the mouth of Erskine River, North Lorne beach is about 0.8 miles long and a hive of activity and relaxation. Visitors can bath in tidal pools, sunbathe or picnic, and fish along the beach.
There are toilets, gas barbeques and sheltered picnic tables on-site. However, surfing is not advised due to the number of rocks in the water. Keep in mind you might face difficulty finding parking during the holidays at North Lorne Beach so plan to arrive early.
Visit Lorne’s Many Picnic Areas
With gas barbeques, public toilets, picnic tables and shelters Lorne’s BBQ spots have all the facilities you need to make your picnic a success.
Scotchmans Hill is located at The Point and has sweeping ocean views. Lorne’s Foreshore has many picnic tables and is conveniently located steps from Main Beach. While Blanket Leaf and Sheoak Picnic Areas are located in the bush on the outskirts of town.
See Shelly Beach
Despite its name, there are no shells at Shelly Beach. Rather it is a sandy beach flanked by rocky outcrops. At low tide you’ll find tidal pools to explore.
Most people are bowled over by the beauty of the beach and choose to spend some time walking its length, enjoying a picnic at its facilities or sunbathing. However, swimming is strongly advised against due to the rocky shelves lining the shore.
Surfing is an undeniable part of Lorne’s cultural landscape and The Point is where you will find most people enjoying the waves. It is located between Main Beach and Lorne Pier.
If you are short on gear or need a rental head to Lorne Surf Shop. Lorne Surf Shop has been a Lorne institution since the early 1970s.
Lorne Surf Shop is an independent shop run by locals who understand the needs of their customers. From wetsuits, soft boards, hardboards to bodyboards and skimboards – Lorne Surf Shop has it all. Plus, they stock the coolest duds and Lorne Surf Shop memorabilia which makes a great souvenir.
Great Ocean Road Heritage Centre
Explore and learn about the history of the Great Ocean Road and its inception by visiting the Great Ocean Road Heritage Centre. It is located inside the Lorne Information Centre. There are many interesting exhibits which explain how the Great Ocean Road became the world’s longest war memorial.
In short, soldiers returning from World War two were tasked with constructing the road. This was a gruelly task in their day. In fact, it took them over 13 years just to get to Apollo Bay. Memorial Arch near Airey’s Inlet also commemorates their efforts.
Teddy’s Lookout should be at the top of your list of things to do in Lorne. It is located at the end of George Street in Western Lorne and encapsulates one of the Great Ocean Road’s most stunning views.
Take the easy walkway from the carpark to enjoy the three-tiered look-out point which offers awe-inspiring views of Saint Gorge River and the surrounding mountain peaks and valleys.
There is a 45 minutes’ loop you accomplish at Teddy’s Lookout if you want someone more challenging than just a stroll from the carpark. But either way, keep your eyes peeled as koalas can often be seen snoozing in the trees above.
No wonder, this place is often touted as one of the must-visit Lorne attractions.
Erskine Falls is one of the most stunning waterfalls in Otway National Park and located about a 20-minute drive from Lorne via a windy mountain road. The Falls themselves are surrounded by tall Mountain Ash trees and the lush rainforest that the Otways are known for.
There are a number of waterfall lookouts located just five minutes from car parking area. Visitors are invited to descend a set of steep steps to reach the bottom of the waterfall however, they should be mindful that they can become quite slippery and wet at times.
Another way to reach the Erskine Falls is via the 7.5 km Erskine River Track from Lorne. The walk to Erskine Falls takes about 3 hours each way at an easy pace.
Cora Lynn Cascades
The Cora Lynn Cascades waterfall is a hidden gem and a great place to escape the holiday crowds.
The loop to Cora Lynn Cascade starts from Blanket Leaf Picnic and takes about 2 hours to complete. Along the track will find beautiful tall trees, fungi, shrubs, and ferns. Sometimes koalas and wallabies can also be spotted.
The trail is not entirely paved so bring gumboots if you are planning to do the hike after a rainfall. Cora Lynn Cascades is located close to Erskine Falls and can be combined into one trip.
For more of a challenge, some avid hikers chose to complete the Phantom Creek, Cora Lynn Cascades, Lemonade Creek, and Erskine Falls track which is about 21.5 kilometers in length.
Lorne Country Club
If you love golf or tennis then you should add the Lorne Country Club to your list of things to do in Lorne. The Lorne Country Club has 6 tennis courts and a 9-hole golf course which is open to the public.
Lorne Country Club is located on a hill overlooking the bay and has a great restaurant on site called The Peak which is open for lunch, dinner, and drinks in the summer.
Lorne Sea Baths
A must-visit Lorne attraction is the Sea Baths. Located at the eastern edge of the Lorne foreshore, Lorne Sea Baths offer a number of water and land activities suitable for both adults and children.
Let your kids jump on the trampolines, enjoy the pool and cannonball blaster, go bumper boating or test their skills at Mini Golf.
Adults are invited to enjoy the indulgent hydro baths, steam room, and partake in Salt Therapy. A pool and gym facilities are available on-site and regular yoga classes are offered.
Qdos Art Gallery
Qdos Art Gallery is part sculpture garden, studio, art gallery, and café. It is set within the natural Australian bush and a truly a unique stop on your list of places to visit in Lorne.
The art gallery is not very big but the exhibits are constantly changing. Pair your visit with a trip to the café, whose food is tasty and reasonably priced.
Walk the length of Lorne Pier, chat with local fishermen, or drop a reel yourself. The Lorne Pier is a meeting spot and a great place to stretch your legs and take in a unique view of the bay.
It is about a 1km walk from the Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club, in the center of town, to the Lorne Pier along the Doug Stirling Walk.
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