The gateway to the Otways and Great Ocean Road hinterland is a destination in its own right, with a pace of life set by fishing, swimming and bushwalking. Even one if its biggest drawcards, the spring-fed 30m-high Erskine Falls is within walking distance.

Visitors are guaranteed a good night’s sleep at one of the town’s five caravan parks after spending their day outside, surrounded by the lush green of the Otways and soothing sounds of the ocean. Some may just be exhausted after spending the day at Lorne Country Club, equally visually stunning with its 180-degree views of the ocean and surrounding natural bush.

It’s easy to see why the seaside town just 140km south of the Victorian capital has been a top weekend retreat for Melburnians for decades. More recently, international travellers and wedding guests have added to the sleepy scene of locals and Victorian families.

And a few times every year, Lorne comes alive and is almost overrun with people during the massively famous Pier to Pub Swim, New Year’s Eve Falls Festival and Anaconda Adventure Race.

Where? // 140km (2hrs) southwest of Melbourne.

Did you know? // Lorne’s Point Grey protects the town so well that the average temperature there in winter is five degrees Celsius warmer than in Melbourne, and five degrees cooler in summer.


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