By Sue Gough Henly
A popular summer holiday destination for Melburnians, Lorne offers beach, bush and cultural attractions to suit all tastes. It has a quintessential Aussie beach town vibe plus waterfalls, wilderness and wildlife in its hinterland, as well as a thriving festival and sports calendar. Its accommodation options suit all budgets, from resorts and beach houses to one of the best beachfront and riverside campgrounds in Australia. And, of course, it's located on the famous Great Ocean Road.
HOW TO GET THERE
By car from Melbourne it takes about two hours via the Princes Highway and the Surf Coast Highway to get to Lorne. Public coach transport is available. From Melbourne, there are also many options for day tours with accommodation available for short trips and longer stays.
- Swim between the flags on the wide sandy shore and bounce on trampolines by the beach
- Dine at Brae (in the Lorne hinterland), No. 65 on the World’s Best Restaurants list
- Walk to Erskine Falls in a pretty fern glade or pick strawberries in the hinterland