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Lorne

Experience a typical Australian beach town

Lorne is a classic Australian beach town where you'll observe and experience many things typical of Australian culture. Take part in the Australian sunset ritual of takeaway fish and chips on the sand at Lorne's beachfront, while you watch the area's beautiful sulphur-crested cockatoos strut about on the grass. Look for whales during the winter months (June to August) from the end of the Lorne Pier. Kids will love the in-ground trampolines, mini-golf, skate bowl and pirate ship playground along the grassy foreshore, as well as the opportunity to run barefoot on soft grass and sand. Browse the boutiques or catch a movie at the old-fashioned picture theatre on Mountjoy Parade. Don't forget to take pictures.

Hit the beautiful beach

Much of the town's activity centres around Lorne’s wide sandy beach, where there is plenty of room for games. Swim between the red and yellow flags under the watchful gaze of professional lifeguards during the summer months (December to February) or go for a paddle at the sea baths. At the end of the beach, enjoy a coffee or tasty meal at the weatherboard café, Lorne Beach Pavilion, beside the town's pretty swing bridge that spans the mouth of the Erskine River.

Dine on world-class cuisine in the countryside

Take a 30 minute drive through rainforest and undulating farmland to the cute town of Birregurra (well worth exploring) to dine at Brae, one of Australia’s top restaurants. You’ll be treated to chef Dan Hunter’s whimsical multi-course menu that is grounded in exquisite ingredients, much of which are grown organically on the property or sourced from nearby farms. Six luxury guest suites are also on site.

Move through the rainforest

Lorne's hinterland is lush rainforest where you can feel the cool air on your face and admire giant tree ferns and soaring alpine ash trees. Marvel at the spectacular 30 metre (98 feet) Erskine Falls – 10 kilometres (six miles) northwest of Lorne – from the viewing point above the falls or take a sometimes steep track to the base. Longer walks include a 90 minute return walk (from the Allenvale Road car park) along the St Georges River to Phantom Falls, and a 60 minute return walk to Sheoak Falls set in a stunning natural amphitheatre. Start at the Sheoak Falls car park, six kilometres (3.7 miles) south of Lorne along the Great Ocean Road.

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