Originally an old logging town, Lorne is now best known as a popular holiday destination, especially when the summer holidays roll around. Located about 2 hours southwest of Melbourne, Lorne is a relaxed seaside town situated on Victoria’s famous Great Ocean Road. Enjoying a relaxed atmosphere typical of a seaside resort town Lorne is popular for its outdoor pursuits and is also home to a wide range of natural attractions.
Lorne’s main street is dotted with boutique shopping, trendy cafes, casual eateries, wine cellars and restaurants and opposite, the foreshore is a fantastic spot to enjoy a picnic or takeaway fish and chips with a wonderful view. Lorne also has a reputation for its vibrant arts community and every year plays host to the famous Falls Music and Arts Festival. Having welcomed some big name international acts to Lorne, the Falls Festival boasts appearances by The Flaming Lips, Public Enemy and Iggy Pop.
The rugged coastline, surf breaks and beaches are a big part of Lorne attractions not to mention its position on the Great Ocean Road. Renowned as the most scenic coastal route in Victoria, Lorne is a wonderful place to stop in whether it be for a couple of hours, days or weeks. The nearby natural attractions are also one of the town’s biggest drawcards including picturesque views of Loutit Bay and the scenic Cumberland River.
The Great Otway National Park is a popular attraction as are the cascading Erskine Falls, both offering some extremely beautiful views and photo opportunities. However if you prefer some more relaxing activities, the Lorne Pier is an excellent fishing spot popular for catching whiting, trevally and barracuda. Teddy’s Lookout is also quite pretty and within driving distance while Forest Park runs behind the back roads of Lorne and offers a treasure trove of parks, walkways, forest and BBQ facilities.