The seaside town of Lorne is positioned along the iconic Great Ocean Road and delivers an array of white-sand beaches, nearby hinterland waterfalls, gourmet restaurants and oceanfront bars. Shop for unique artisan goods, tee off on a beachfront golf course and venture deep into one of Victoria’s best national parks.
Things to do
Don’t forget to visit Lorne’s main beach, where Louttit Bay provides calm water and soft sand that are perfect for a day of swimming and sunbathing, while nearby Shelly Beach has a variety of rock pools with fascinating marine life. If you prefer to go for a wander, stroll along the Surf Coast Walk, which features on the annual Great Ocean Road Marathon and offers panoramic views of ochre cliffs meeting wild Bass Strait seas.
Looking to treat your taste buds? Don’t miss Lorne’s welcoming cafes, restaurants and bars, which offer unique culinary masterpieces and a cosy atmosphere. Cuda Bar is the ideal spot for Louttit Bay vistas, live music and cocktails, while Moons Espresso Bar serves up fresh food and locally-sourced coffee in a chilled-out setting.
Satisfy those retail cravings at the fashion and homeware stores dotted throughout town, including Duetto Clothing, which specialises in the latest female fashion labels. Head to Precious Creatures for children’s clothes and toys, before ducking into Wild on the Beach for vintage art, collectables and beachy decor.
Lorne is a gateway to Great Otway National Park, home to a 47-kilometre long hiking trail that reveals multiple waterfalls, including the stunning Triplet Falls. Grab a mountain bike to tackle the downhill trails or bring a picnic along to enjoy while admiring uninterrupted countryside views.
Lorne is an easy two-hour drive from Melbourne, which takes you partway along the Great Ocean Road. It’s possible to walk around Lorne’s town centre, but you’ll need a vehicle to explore further afield.