Lorne Activities & Attractions
Activities & Attractions
There is much to see and do around Lorne. Visit stunning lookouts and waterfalls, explore one of Victoria's natural treasures The Great Otway National Park which covers 103,000 hectares and combines what was the Otway National Park, Angahook-Lorne State Park, Carlisle State Park, Melba Gully State Park and State Forest areas.
Marvel at magnificent fern gullies which surround huge trees, some many hundreds of years old including the prehistoric Giant Southern Beech tree (Nothofagus). The park outside Lorne has 50 kilometres of sign posted walking tracks.
Building 2 Apollo Bay Airport 3 Telford Street Apollo Bay VIC 3233
Helicopter or Cessna Flights
From Apollo Bay passengers have a choice of flights and packages to explore Victoria’s greatest coastal landmarks by air.
Experience the Great Ocean Road via the historical Shipwreck Coast to the 12 Apostles (flight route follows The Great Ocean Walk). Return to Apollo Bay in time for lunch.
*Flights from $60p.p. (Cessna min 2 persons).
Historic Grave - approximately 5 kilometers east of Wye River, is a memorial to several seamen who drowned trying to salvage the cargo from the ill fated W. B. Godfrey which was wrecked there in 1891.
The story of the Godfrey is on the display board in front of the lookout just past the grave.
Water Safety Hints
• Swim or surf only at beaches patrolled by lifeguards
• Always swim between the flags marking the area safer for swimming.
• Read and obey the signs
• Be careful where you dive – accidents often result from diving into shallow waters.
• Be aware of slippery banks and rocks when fishing
• Don’t swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
• Always swim under supervision
• If you get into trouble in the water, stay calm. Signal for help, then float and wait for assistance
• Float with a current or undertow. Don’t try to swim against it.
• When out on the water always wear the correct safety equipment.
Just past the Lorne Hotel on your left is a great picnic spot with ample parking, barbecues, picnic tables and superb views over Louttit Bay and the town centre. Veeery popular in holiday periods. Picnic spots also at Blanket Leaf or Sheok Picbic grounds.
Enjoy breathtaking, panoramic views of the Great Ocean Road and coastline from Teddy's Lookout located at the end of George Street a few kms from town centre. There is also a 1.5 kilometre circuit to three lookouts.
Louttit Bay helps makes Lorne so attractive to holiday makers. This excellent family beach patrolled during main holiday periods runs the whole length of Mountjoy Parade (main street) and is a haven for all types of water sports. Originally Lorne was known as Louttit Bay after Captain Louttit the skipper of a local ketch named Apollo. (Apollo Bay) It was renamed Lorne after the Marquis of Lorne, in 1870.
The Lorne Falls Festival
The ever popular Falls Festival which runs from Dec 28 to Jan 1 was the brain child of a local surfer who organised the first event 20 years ago on a local family farm in Erskine Falls Road. From humble beginnings the Festival is now known Internationally with top acts appearing from all over the world.
Erskine Falls 10kms from Lorne following Williams Street which runs into Erskine Falls Road is one of the most visited falls in The Great Otway National Park. Short walk from carpark to the first lookout over the falls. Spectacular waterfall which drops 30 metres into the fern-lined valley of the Erskine River.
Lorne Sea Baths
81 Mountjoy Parade Lorne VIC 3232
Located on the Foreshore Lorne Sea Baths prides itself on its range of top quality facilities, all tailored for your fitness and personal health needs and with the aim of assisting you in your quest for complete wellbeing. Facilities include: Gym with personal training, Hydrobaths, steam room, yoga, outdoor swimming pool, toddlers pool and fun and fitness activities for the children.
Lorne Salt Theraphy opening in March 2013
Great Otways National Park
The Great Otway National Park stretches from Torquay through to Princetown and up through the Otways hinterland towards Colac. The park features rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, rock platforms and windswept heathland. In the north, the park features tall forests, ferny gullies, magnificent waterfalls and tranquil lakes.