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Overview

Lorne

Thanks to its fresh sea air, white beaches and buzzing arts community along with the nearby Otways and a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere, Lorne has been attracting eager holidaymakers for more than a century.

Alive in the outdoors

Your first stop has to be the Lorne surf beach, the only patrolled beach in town. Cool off in the sparkling waters of Loutit Bay or take a stroll up to Shelley Beach to explore the rock pools. 

The nearby Great Otway National Park is a nature lover's playground with misty waterfalls, giant ferns and ancient forest. Discover the Erskine Falls cascading into a beautiful fern gully, one of ten waterfalls within ten minutes of town.

Hit the Surf Coast Walk to see the rich ochre cliffs of Bells Beach and the leafy green eucalypts lining the coast of Bass Strait. For a test of mind and body, visit in May for the Great Ocean Road Marathon, one of the world's most visually spectacular runs.

At sea

For those keen on a bit of fishing during their holidays, the Lorne Pier is a great place to cast a line for trevally, barracuda and whiting. Keep an eye out for migrating whales between May and September. Lorne is one of the best spots along the Great Ocean Road to see these giants of the deep as they make their journey along the coast.

Happy wanderings

Whether you're staying overnight or just passing through, take time out to wander down Lorne's main shopping strip filled with boutique gift stores, cellars, eateries and galleries. Relax with a latte at a sidewalk cafe, picnic under the trees on the foreshore, or dine on freshly caught seafood at a local restaurant.

Cultural capital

Boasting a spirited arts community, Lorne is home to the Lorne Festival of The Performing Arts and the popular Falls Music and Arts Festival, which has hosted the likes of The Flaming Lips, Iggy Pop and Public Enemy. Pop into Qdos Arts to check out changing exhibits and outdoor sculpture park, or visit in March for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale, when up to 40 works are exhibited along the foreshore.

Hear the story behind the building of the Great Ocean Road, the world's largest war memorial. Read about the diggers that worked on the road and browse the permanent exhibition at the new Great Ocean Road Heritage Centre, housed in the Lorne Visitor Centre.

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National parks & reserves

Great Otway National Park

The Great Otway National Park stretches from Torquay through to Princetown and up through the Otways hinterland towards Colac. The park features...

Beaches & coastlines

The Great Ocean Road

Drive one of the world's most iconic scenic touring routes, the Great Ocean Road, spanning 243 kilometres along the stunning coastline of Victoria.

Walking & hiking

Sheoak Falls and Swallow Cave

Catch a glimpse of the waterfalls within 10 minutes on this quick and easy walk, and visit from spring to autumn to spy nesting birds at Swallow Cave.

Walking & hiking

Cumberland River Walk

Be wowed by the beauty of this river valley trek past dramatic cliffs and peaceful pools, and enjoy a combination of easy and strenuous sections.

Walking & hiking

Cora Lynn Cascades Walk

Take pleasure in the pretty, verdant scene before you − see the cascades flow over a series of exposed shale ledges, framed by ferns and mosses.

Art galleries

Will Dielenberg Galleries

Will Dielenberg Galleries showcase the beautiful Fine Art Landscape Photography of Australian photographer, Will Dielenberg. Recently awarded the...

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