Looking for things to do in Lorne, Victoria? This blog post is for you!
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Usually visited as a spot on the Great Ocean Road, Lorne is a coastal town which also makes for a beautiful weekend away from Melbourne in its own right. I visited for a long weekend to meet up with an old friend and everything on this list is walking distance unless noted otherwise. (Just be prepared for the steep slopes that lead down to the sea!) The highlights in Lorne are surely the mossy forest walks and waterfalls paired with its gorgeous sandy beaches – so what are you waiting for?
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I highly recommend this lookout! Such an easy and short walk through the bush which rewards you with these views – two gorgeous Aussie landscapes right next to each other with both that beautiful coast and lush green hinterland. I went late in the day and the light was just perfect, but you could also incorporate it with a longer walk if you wish. Grab a map from the tourist information (not far from the town centre) or use Google Maps.
Surf or chill at the beach
With lessons for beginners or surfboard rentals for those more experienced, there’s certainly an opportunity surf in Lorne. Although personally, I stuck to the beach with a book and simply strolled down the coast.
I’ve heard it gets incredibly busy over the Summer holidays but was lovely when I went in February, with stretches of the beach very quiet if you walk slightly further along. This all makes Lorne a great choice for a lazy long weekend over a Victoria public holiday.
Take a stroll down Lorne pier
Built 140 years ago, Lorne pier is now lined with fishermen and families taking a look at the beautiful blues. There is a popular fish restaurant and fish shop at the bottom too.
Visit Erskine Falls
There are a few waterfalls in Lorne but Erskine is certainly very impressive.
It’s a 10km walk from Lorne or a short drive. There’s a viewing platform at the car park but it’s worth going down the 200-and-something steps to see the 30m high waterfall from the bottom. A short walk will also take you to Sheoak Falls (which aren’t as impressive in itself but the walk through the forest was just magical).
Go hiking (and spot some Aussie animals)!
There are loads of options for hiking! Grab a map and the trails are pretty well-marked. I did a walk along the St Georges River where I saw wallabies, wild horses, and koalas along the way. There are countless walks and hikes to choose from depending on the time and energy you have to spare. The staff will be more than happy to provide maps and give you some information about the surrounding area.
I missed the other waterfalls out as I heard this one had dried up completely and perhaps the others are the same, so be warned if you’re visiting in Summer (thankfully Erskine was still gorgeous). I left my viewing of Phantom Falls to google images and I gotta say they look very impressive in pixels. Woohoo. According to Google Maps are just an 11-minute drive or one hour walk from Lorne.
Travel further up the Great Ocean Road
Lorne is just a 1.5-hour drive from Cape Otway which is the Southern tip of Victoria’s West Coast, or around two hours to what is perhaps Victoria’s most famous attraction – the 12 Apostles. The most popular way to explore the Great Ocean Road is by car though it’s possible to do a multi-day hike along to the Otways if you’ve time to spare (and can’t get enough of the scent of Eucalyptus trees). Or go all out on adventure with this Perth to Melbourne drive.
Getting to Lorne from Melbourne
Thankfully Lorne is very easy to get to either by car or public transport. It will take around two hours by car or 3.5 hours by train/bus. Simply take a train from Melbourne Southern Cross to Geelong and then a bus will take you all the way to Lorne. This will cost just over $20 each way and you can purchase an all-in-one ticket on the Vline website where they have transport itineraries worked out to make sure you don’t miss the connection.