The Mediterranean of Victoria, Lorne is a breathtaking seaside town, situated on the Great Ocean Road on Louttit Bay. With its jagged and winding coast line, and exquisite waters, Lorne is more than just a seaside town. The beaches are surrounded by the stunning Otway Mountain Ranges, Erskine Falls, the Cumberland River and more, and has been attracting holiday makers, day trippers, athletes, music and art lovers for over a century.
Just under 2 hours drive from Melbourne, and about 45 minutes from Geelong, Lorne makes the perfect weekend getaway. Especially since Lorne has a wide range of accommodation to suit every occasion and budget, including a number of destinations that are pet friendly. Lorne is also the halfway point between Melbourne and the world famous 12 Apostles.
Lorne has its place in the Guinness Book of Records for the Pier to Pub annual 1.2km swim, which is recognised as the world’s largest ocean swim. Home to a number of festivals, including the iconic Falls Music and Arts Festival held at the end of December and over New Year’s Eve each year. Even the Melbourne Cup makes a visit to Lorne on its tour around Victoria in October.
Lorne has a range of activities suited to people of all ages and interests. The vibrant art scene is represented by the Qdos Art Gallery, a contemporary art gallery set on 1 hectare of land, and includes a sculptured garden, studio and cafe. You can spend hours admiring the stunning views from a wide range of cafes and boutiques that line the pristine coastline. If you are a bit more adventurous you can do some hiking in the Otway Ranges or even catch a fish off the famous Lorne Pier.
Located along the Great Ocean Road on the southern coastline of Victoria, there are a number of options for getting to Lorne.
Lorne was first settled by Europeans in 1849. The town received its name in celebration of the marriage between Princess Louise and the Marquess of Lorne.
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