Population 1046

Lorne is one of Victoria's most attractive and lively coastal resorts. The approach into town along the Great Ocean Road is truly spectacular, with the superb mountain scenery of the Otways on one side and the rugged Bass Strait coast on the other. The village of Lorne was established in 1871 and quickly became popular with pastoralists from inland areas, leading to its development around picturesque Louttit Bay. When the Great Ocean Road opened in 1932, Lorne became much more accessible; however, the area has remained relatively unspoiled with good beaches, surfing, fishing and bushwalking in the hills – activities made all the more enjoyable by the area's pleasant, mild climate.

Visitor Information

15 Mountjoy Pde; (03) 5289 1152 or 1300 891 152


Nearby national parks

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  • Kinglake National Park

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  • Yarra Ranges National Park

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Nearby towns

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  • Anglesea

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  • Winchelsea

    This charming little town on the Barwon River west of Geelong was first developed with cattle runs in the 1830s. Many of the historic...more

In Town

Teddys Lookout: excellent bay views; behind the town, at the end of George St.

Shipwreck Walk: walk along the beach passing the numerous shipwreck sites along this stretch of coast; details from visitor centre.

Foreshore Reserve: great spot for a picnic, with paddleboats available for hire.

Qdos: contemporary art gallery; Allenvale Rd.

Lorne Fisheries: on the pier with daily supplies.


Great Otway National Park This park covers 103 000 ha and includes a range of environments, from the timbered ridges of the eastern Otways to fern gullies, waterfalls and a coastline with tall cliffs, coves and sandy beaches. Around Lorne there are more than 100 walking tracks and the rock platforms along the coast provide ideal spots for ocean fishing. The Falls Festival, a major rock-music festival, is held over New Year's Eve at a property near the Erskine Falls, 9 km NW. These popular falls are a peaceful location and drop 30 m over moss-covered rocks. As well as driving, you can walk to the falls from Lorne along the river. The park surrounds Lorne and can be accessed from various points along the Great Ocean Rd. Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963.

Cumberland River Valley: walking tracks and camping; 4 km SW.

Mt Defiance Lookout: 10 km SW.

Wye River: a small coastal village, good for rock and surf fishing, surfing and camping; 17 km SW.

Old Lorne Road Olives: olive grove, cafe and gallery; closed Tues and Wed; 45 Old Lorne Rd, Deans Marsh; 22 km N.

Gentle Annie Berry Gardens: pick your own; open Nov–Apr; 26 km NW via Deans Marsh.

Scenic drives: west through the Otway Ranges, and south-west or north-east on the Great Ocean Rd.

Fishing spots near town

Lorne 1 km

On the way into Lorne is a popular ledge known as Jump Rock. It consistently produces salmon, silver trevally, barracouta, pinkies and mullet. The drive into Lorne will also take you across the Erskine River, a small... Find out more

Anglesea 23 km

Beach fishing species here are the same as Torquay, with the best fishing east of the Anglesea River, although you need to be aware of the marine park that extends west from Point Addis. But most anglers go here to fish... Find out more

Apollo Bay 35 km

Apollo Bay has a diversity of angling options, including river, estuary, surf and offshore. You can also fish from the rocks or in the sheltered harbour. Anglers who come here seek everything from brown trout and bream... Find out more

Torquay 38 km

The offshore waters of western Bass Strait, from Torquay to Cape Otway contain an abundance of species including Australian salmon, snapper, barracouta, King George whiting, yellowtail kingfish, silver trevally, gummy... Find out more

Barwon River 52 km

Sometimes going fishing in our southern rivers is about making the best of what is available, as is the case of the Barwon River, which flows through Geelong. Like the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers, the coffee-coloured... Find out more

Aire River 53 km

This area comprises estuary, surf and freshwater on the west side of Cape Otway. Aire River nestles in a valley along the foothills of the Otways. To get there, follow the Great Ocean Road past the Cape Otway turn-off,... Find out more

Barwon River Estuary 55 km

The Barwon River estuary enters Bass Strait about 10 km west of Port Phillip Heads and it divides the holiday towns of Barwon Heads  and Ocean Grove. This estuary  is one of the most productive  waterways... Find out more

Western Shore 56 km

Taking a southerly route around the bay from the lagoon you pass a large industrial and waterfront area. The next fishable water from shore is North Shore rocks, just outside the entrance to Corio Quay. During winter,... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Canoeing on Lake Elizabeth 20 km

For a fantastic dawn or dusk paddle in which you have a 95 per cent chance of seeing a platypus, join Otway Eco Tours on Lake Elizabeth. Half-day trips to this remote lake in the ranges depart from the small hamlet of... Find out more

Sea-kayaking in Marengo Marine Sanctuary 38 km

In an exciting two-hour guided paddle, head out from Apollo Bay to Marengo Marine Sanctuary to get a close-up view of an Australian fur-seal colony. The seals often come out to swim around the kayaks.... Find out more

Golf courses around town

The Sands, Torquay 41 km

Sands by name . . . Sands by nature. It doesn’t take long to figure out the overwhelming feature of a round at Torquay. Standing on the 1st tee of this Stuart Applebydesigned layout, a blanket of white is... Find out more

Thirteenth Beach Golf Links (Beach Course) 51 km

After all the accolades Tony Cashmore received for his design work at The Dunes, on the Mornington Peninsula, he must have felt some pressure to produce an equally fine layout when it came time for his next project:... Find out more

Thirteenth Beach Golf Links (Creek Course) 52 km

Sir Nick Faldo won six major titles, playing himself into winning positions on the back of strong shot-making, a trait that is highly prized on the courses he now designs. The Creek course at Thirteenth Beach, created... Find out more

Barwon Heads Golf Club 53 km

From the moment you pull up at the car park in front of the Barwon Heads clubhouse, it is as if you have travelled back in time to a more genteel era. The old-world charm is present not only in the architecture of the... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Ovenhouse Restaurant Bar Lounge

Although the wood-fired oven has been moved inside the kitchen, you can still view this hallowed beast through windows and in winter sit in front of an open fire. Early birds catch the limited number of boned shoulder of... Find out more

Qdos Cafe

Qdos is situated among the trees and wildlife of Great Otway National Park at the back of Lorne. You can either drive the kilometre up the hill or, if you’re feeling energetic, walk. Enjoy a restorative drink at... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Otway Estate Brewery 37 km

Located 12 kilometres from Colac, Otway Estate Winery was established in 1983, specialising in cool-climate wines; a microbrewery was added in 2007. Head brewer Luke Scott oversees the production of up to 15 different... Find out more

Campsites around town

Kia-Ora Caravan Park 1 km

Kia-Ora is one of several campgrounds next to the Erskine River in Lorne that are collectively managed by the Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park. It’s located on the river’s southern bank close to the Great Ocean... Find out more

Erskine River Caravan Park 1 km

This park has several dozen sites right beside the Erskine River, which flows through the busy seaside holiday town of Lorne. Tackle the walking trail to Erskine Falls, dive into the surf off Lorne’s main beach or... Find out more

Allenvale Mill Site camping area (walk-in camping) 2 km

The old Allenvale Mill site lies just beyond the outskirts of Lorne, which is handy for campers who like to have all the conveniences of a modern township within easy reach. This is a walk-in campsite, but it’s... Find out more

Sharps Track camping area 4 km

This site is up in the hinterland behind Lorne. To stretch your legs, head to the nearby Sheoak Picnic Area and follow the well-graded trail to Upper and Lower Kalimna Falls. To reach the camping area from Lorne, take... Find out more

Cumberland River Holiday Park 4 km

The grassy, flat campsites at Cumberland River are overlooked by impressive cliffs that rise up across the water – ask the park’s managers about the trail that climbs the bluff, and about the many other local... Find out more

Cora Lynn camping area (walk-in camping) 6 km

The 2 campsites at Cora Lynn offer intimacy and tranquillity. They are accessed on foot via a track leading from the Blanket Leaf picnic area – you can take a walk from the carpark here to scenic Erskine Falls. The... Find out more

Big Hill camping area 7 km

This is an open, easily accessible spot that can accommodate about 20 tents. The bushland location has a faraway feel but is within striking distance of many coastal attractions. Big Hill Track is signposted about 11 km... Find out more

Jamieson Track camping area (bush camping) 8 km

Jamieson Track is a remote bush camp with only a handful of sites and no facilities, and is subject to seasonal access. You’ll need a 4WD to reach it. Turn onto Jamieson Track from the Great Ocean Rd about 10 km... Find out more

Wye River Road camping area 11 km

Wye River is a peaceful beachfront settlement on the Great Ocean Rd between Lorne and Apollo Bay. An even more-peaceful campground is almost 2 km inland on the Wye River Rd; camper trailers will need to be towed here by... Find out more

Wye River Foreshore Camping Reserve 13 km

The patrolled beach at the mouth of Wye River is great for all manner of surfing, from body to board, while those who prefer calmer waters can wade into the creek. Next-door to the campground is a relaxed pub where you... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park 1 km

This is actually a group of five parks all within Lorne, and all five are administered from the one office. Each is well positioned and within walking distance of the resort-style town centre. Lorne is one of... Find out more

Cumberland River Holiday Park 4 km

Cumberland River Holiday Park is set in a picturesque spot on the scenic coastal strip. It is close to the beach and a good base for exploring the Otways. Bookings are required in peak periods, with a minimum-stay period... Find out more

BIG4 Wye River Holiday Park 13 km

This is a very neatly maintained beachside park on this fabulous and popular coastline. Bookings are required in peak periods, with a minimum-length stay at Christmas, Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Kennett River Holiday Park 17 km

Located midway between Lorne and Apollo Bay, this park has good basic facilities. It is squeezed between the Otway Ranges and a safe surf beach. Bookings are required in peak periods, with a minimum-stay period at... Find out more

Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park 24 km

This large beachfront and riverfront park is centrally located just 500 metres from the town centre. It has large expanses of lawn, shady sites and a range of good facilities. It is a very nice park! Bookings are... Find out more

Pisces Holiday Park 34 km

With a range of accommodation and a great outlook, this quality park is on a rise overlooking the sea. It is 1.5 km to the town centre and only a short stroll to the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods, with a... Find out more

Torquay Holiday Park 38 km

The park is located on the highway about 400 metres from the centre of town. It is a very good quality park and facilities include tennis courts, putting greens and private bathrooms with spas. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Marengo Holiday Park 38 km

This park is situated on an absolute beachfront property, 1.5 km south of the Apollo Bay township, off the Great Ocean Road. It is budget-priced, especially considering the location. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Geelong Surfcoast Highway Holiday Park 46 km

This park between Geelong and Torquay has been rejuvenated as a tourist park and importantly for those who travel with pets is one of the very few parks in the region that takes pets. It is easily accessible from the... Find out more

Geelong Riverview Tourist Park 52 km

This is a great park on the south side of the Barwon River, just 2 km from the centre of Geelong. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Acacia Villas

You will not want for much at these villas, something of an oasis in thriving Lorne. Each of the four villas has its own deck, polished wood floors, a spa, dishwasher, oven, DVD and queen-size beds. Other equally valued... Find out more

Cumberland Lorne Resort

The 99 one- and two-bedroom self-contained apartments have private balconies and corner spas. The 12 two-storey penthouses are suitable for two couples. Pay TV and in-house movies are complimentary, as are loads of... Find out more

Grand Pacific Hotel

On the headland by the Lorne pier, this grand heritage building has been transported into the 21st century in fine style. The facade, the ornate balconies, the sandstone interior walls and the ocean views may have... Find out more

Mantra Lorne

The resort is indicative of Lorne’s popularity and has been built around the heritage-listed Erskine House and sprawling lawns and gardens. Thirty-two of the rooms are heritage hotel rooms. All 271 apartments... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Apollo Bay Youth Hostel 36 km

This relatively new hostel was built with an eco-friendly design, including thermal storage banks and other passive solar heating and cooling. It also has solar hot water, rainwater tanks, a worm farm, drought-tolerant... Find out more

Cape Otway Centre for Conservation Ecology 50 km

There are not many better-thought-out ecotourism ventures than this superb multi-award-winning facility on Cape Otway. It has its own 66-hectare wildlife refuge and doubles as a shelter for injured and orphaned wildlife,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Lorne park area 1 km

At Lorne

On the foreshore, just off the highway. On the east side of town.

Urquharts Beach park area 18 km

6km SW of Anglesea (L) or 23km NE of Lorne (R)

On the foreshore 500m off the highway.

Anglesea Park Area 24 km

West side of town

Large area adjacent to the road on the west side of town. Good facilities.

Apollo Bay park area 36 km

At Apollo Bay

At the information centre on the foreshore.

Winchelsea park area 36 km

At Winchelsea

On the riverbank via Barton Tce.

Torquay park area 38 km

At Torquay

Overlooking the beach on the esplanade.

Colac park area 40 km

At Colac

Just off the highway under shady trees in the middle of town.

Leigh River rest area 50 km

At Inverleigh

Large grassed area just off the highway under shady trees. On the east side of town.

Aire River East camping area 52 km

T/O 24km W of Apollo Bay (L) or 71km E of Port Campbell (R)

Among trees 5.5km south of the highway via Hordern Vale Rd in Otway National Park. 

Aire River West camping area 52 km

T/O 24km W of Apollo Bay (L) or 71km E of Port Campbell (R)

In Otway National Park. Open area located over a bridge 1km past Aire River East camping area.

What's on around town

Pier to Pub Swim: Jan.

Mountain to Surf Foot Race: Jan.

Great Ocean Road Marathon: May.

Anaconda Adventure Race: Dec.

Falls Festival: Dec–Jan.

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