Towns and Activities - Lorne

Lorne, a long time popular holiday town with trendy cafes and up-market accommodation attracts a younger crowd. Lornes population is approximately 1,170

Built on a hillside merging into the surrounding otways and fronted by an excellent beach makes it an attractive destination. Lorne was also the site of at least five shipwrecks in this period - the 'Osprey' (1854), the 'Rebel' (1855), the 'Otway' (1862), the Anne' (1863) and the 'Henry' (1878).

Lorne is also famous its annual pier to pub ocean swim, the largest open water event of its kind in the world with over 4000 entrants.

Surfing and nearby Erskine Falls are both major attraction.
The sheltered 2-kilometre beach is safe and is bordered by lawn, gum trees and picnic and barbecue areas.

Erskine Falls (shown on the left) cascades into a beautiful fern gully in the Angahook-Lorne State Forest. At Cumberland River, a few kilometres south of the town, the scenery is picturesque, with dense bush, a rugged cliff face beside the river and an idyllic grassed camping and picnicking area.

Lorne's 2 pubs provide regular entertainment. The New Years Eve "Rock about the Falls" festival attracts people from all over Australia.

Lorne is 140 kilometres south of Melbourne, approximately a 2-hour drive. Travel by car via the Great Ocean Road. Daily coach services are available from Melbourne or rail/coach services via Geelong.

Lorne Visitor Centre
144 Mountjoy Pde
Located on the foreshore (03) 5289 1152

Erskine River Backpackers
6 Mountjoy Pde
(03) 5289 1809


surfing, fishing, walks, golf, scenic drives, rainforests, Erskine Falls

Teddy's Lookout
Teddy's Lookout lies at the end of George St, at the town's southern outskirts (it is signposted off the main street). Named after a ranger who went there to round up stray cattle, it offers fine views over the town and coastline. The rotunda dates from the 1880s. The fit may wish to undertake the walk from the town to the lookout (for details enquires at the information centre).