Set between the sparkling waters of Loutit Bay and the majesty of the Otway National Park, Lorne is a spectacular and refreshing place, where the bush meets the beach.
An ideal spot to stop and enjoy on the journey, offering a great range of places to eat and drink, quality accommodation, unique specialty retail and attractions and all the magnificence that is the Otway National Park stretching beyond.
During the whale watching season (from May to September), Lorne is prime spot to capture a glimpse of these amazing sea creatures showing off.
With more than 10 waterfalls within 10 kilometres of Lorne, there are plenty of amazing natural wonders to discover.
Waterfalls include Erskine Falls, Henderson Falls, Phantom Falls, Upper and Lower Kalimna Falls, Sheoak Falls with Swallow Cave and the Cora Lynn Cascades. For the endless waterfall chasers, there are beautiful cascades all around the region to explore, so get chasing with our waterfalls guide.
Popular walks are from the Sheoak Picnic Ground, along the St George River, Erskine River, Sheoak River, Lemonade Creek and the Cumberland River. Foreshore and historical walks include The Tramways Track, Shipwreck Plaque Walk, Stony Creek Walk and The Doug Stirling Walk.
Main Beach Lorne is the only patrolled beach during the summer season.
Other beaches in North Lorne and Shelly Beach have rock shelves and therefore may not be suitable for inexperienced swimmers.
Lorne’s newest attraction is the Great Ocean Road Heritage Centre, located within the Lorne Visitor Information Centre. The displays and exhibits tell the full historical story of the Great Ocean Road – the story unknown by many – which will make your visit to the region even more rich.
BLANKET LEAF – Erskine Falls Road
Toilets, wood BBQ’s, picnic tables and information board.
SHEOAK PICNIC AREA – Allenvale Road
Toilets, free gas BBQ’s under shelter, picnic tables and information.
Toilets, free gas BBQ’s under shelter and picnic tables.
NORTH LORNE – Great Ocean Road North
Toilets, free gas BBQ’s under shelter and picnic table.
SCOTCHMANS HILL (the point)
Toilets, free gas BBQ’s and picnic tables.
SHELLY BEACH – Great Ocean Road South
Picnic table, toilet block and free gas BBQ’s, (in the carpark between the Pier and Shelly beach).
If the arts is your thing, you’ll feel quite at home with Lorne, which boasts a spirited arts community. Lorne is home to the long celebrated Falls Music Festival and Lorne Festival of The Performing Arts. Pop into Qdos Arts to check out constantly 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.
Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawuurung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Ancestors, past present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.