With its laid-back vibe and location along one of Australia’s iconic coastal roads, there are many reasons that Lorne remains a perennial favourite. It’s not hard to see why it came in at no.30 on your list of Top 50 Aussie Towns.
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A scenic seaside town on the world-famous Great Ocean Road, Lorne has a casual, coastal vibe with an emphasis on soaking up the good life. Whether it’s food, culture or the great outdoors, Lorne’s beachside restaurants, bushwalks and waterfalls will lure you back again and again.
Lorne is incredibly picturesque. (Image: Visit Victoria)
Savour views of Louttit Bay and the hinterland from the beer garden at the Lorne Hotel, the beloved 146-year-old pub on the high corner of town. Order a satisfying steak or fish and chips, or dial it up a notch with a spiced lamb shank.
Enjoy seasonal Cantonese and Thai flavours at Coda upstairs. Sydney-based Merivale group has just bought the pub, so foodies have some new restaurants to look forward to. Cafes line the main street to fuel Melburnian coffee addicts.
Not a bad spot for a refreshing drink. (Image: Visit Victoria)
Summer days are made even sweeter with handcrafted ice-creams and sorbets from Gelato Gelato. Feast on local calamari with beetroot tzatziki or a slow-cooked lamb shoulder with garlic labneh at Greek restaurant Ipsos. Save space for the patsavoura, a dessert of orange custard encased in flaky filo pastry served with masticha ice cream.
Ipsos is a dining institution along the Great Ocean Road. (Image: Visit Victoria)
From backpackers, riverside campgrounds and caravan parks, to tiny eco houses, Airbnbs, standard motel accommodation, luxury apartments, tranquil cottages among the gum trees with a peek of an ocean view, and boutique five-star accommodation, Lorne has something for every style of traveller, and every budget.
The Lorne Mantra is the only beachfront property in town. With a gym, swimming pool, tennis courts and an Endota day spa, it’s great for conferences, weddings and larger gatherings.
Stay overlooking the ocean in Lorne. (Image: Visit Victoria)
You can immerse yourself in nature in Lorne, which is surrounded by the Otways National Park. When not swimming, surfing or fishing, walk to either Sheoak Falls or Erskine Falls. Tall ferns shade paths that lead through gullies and past cascading waterfalls.
Also tucked away in the hinterland is the Qdos fine art gallery, which hosts a rotation of curated exhibitions. The tranquil on-site cafe is bathed in light and looks out onto the forest.
Each year in January, the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club holds the pier to pub ocean swimming race, the largest event of its kind in the world. The 145-kilometre Great Ocean & Otway Classic Ride also passes through the town.
The vintage Lorne Theatre plays a combination of blockbuster and arthouse films. Kids will love the town’s imaginative playground, skate park and grassy foreshore area for picnics and playtime. Don’t miss Live Wire Park, home of Australia’s most extreme zipline, high ropes courses and rock-climbing walls.
Lorne Pier is a local attraction. (Image: Visit Victoria)