The beautiful town of Lorne is located on the extraordinary coastal route of Great Ocean Road. Its main street is lined with cute cafes and gorgeous boutiques which has a backdrop of the lush foreshore and sandy beaches. This fantastic holiday spot is great for a romantic getaway or for the whole family with safe, patrolled beaches for swimming.
Visit one of the various cafes and boutiques which line Mountjoy Parade, the main foreshore. This setting creates the perfect Mediterranean feel to the town and allows great views of the exquisite sandy beaches. Before having a munch cool off with a refreshing swim in one of the golden beaches which are all patrolled, so you don’t need to worry about the kids. There is a jetty at Point Grey where you can enjoy some fishing, take the boat out or watch the annual Lorne Pier to Pub open water swim. This exciting competition attracts national interest every year. Go to a locally famous swimming spot at the mouth of the Erskine River and walk the long suspension bridge which crosses this waterway and the sandy beach.
For some more fantastic views of the area, take a walk to Teddys Lookout, where the upper and lower lookouts offer views for all angles! Sit down for some local takeaways at many of the picnic spots offered along the Great Ocean Road in Lorne.
And of course there's more to Lorne than just swimming and beaches. The Otway ranges offer an attractive backdrop of mountainous and bushy terrain as well as many bushwalks for the novice to the experienced trampers. If you’re planning on walking these, take the route which leads you past the magnificent Erskine Falls which are only 8 kilometres from Lorne.
With a very temperate climate, Lorne reaches into the mid twenties during the summer months and is lucky to range between 8-14 degrees Celsius in the winter. However its clear, sunny days make water sports essential during the summer!
Lorne is a seaside town on the coast of Victoria. It’s one of the most beautiful towns on the Great Ocean Road, one of the most iconic routes in Australia. The scenery is incredible, and there’s plenty to and a wide range of holiday accommodation in Lorne, too.
Lorne is a key destination if you’re doing a road trip in Victoria. It’s also a good place to go if you want to stay in a busy seaside town – Lorne is one of the most thriving year-round resorts in Australia. Couples and groups of friends can stay in a serviced apartments in Lorne and enjoy the nightlife and restaurants. Families will love the beach, the National Park and the chance to spend quality time together, either on countryside walks or at their holiday villa.
There’s plenty to do in Lorne. The Great Otway National Park is made up of five older national parks, and covers a massive area. You can see fern gullies as well as all sorts of Australian animal and birds.
For eating and drinking, there are a range of restaurants, including Greek, Italian, fast food and seafood options, and the most famous café in Lorne, the Arab. Australia’s national food is arguably barbecue – and you’ll find facilities to fire up a barbie in many places, including at designated spots on coastal and forest walks, and in your holiday rental.
Thousands are attracted to Lorne to see sporting and cultural events. The town is packed during New Year’s Eve, for the Falls’ Festival. The first weekend in January sees three races – the Pub to Pier swimming race, which is the largest such event in the world, the Mountain to Surf cross country run and the Lorne Boat Race.
While some self-contained accommodation comes with swimming pools and everything you might need, it’s definitely worthwhile leaving your Lorne holiday house to go on day trips around the coast and into the hinterland. Have a picnic at Teddy’s Lookout, visit Torquay, the surf capital of Victoria, or go to nearby Apollo to chill out.
Lorne has a pleasant climate, and is rarely too hot or too cold. In summer, January is the warmest month, with an average daily high of 23C. Because Lorne is a popular destination, if you’re visiting in December and January you should book your Lorne holiday house as early as possible – particularly if you’re visiting coincides with one of the famous summertime events.
In the winter, which is June, July and August, the average maximum is around 13C. It’s easier to find a holiday rental in Lorne during this time, although the town is never completely quiet – there are always holidaymakers around.