Lorne, Victoria

Lorne is located only two hours drive from Melbourne and is well known as one of Victoria's most popular resort townships. It is situated in the ideal position from which to explore the iconic Great Ocean Road, which is recognised as one of the world's most scenic drives. Many people holiday in Lorne itself and well as using it as a base from which to drive down to Apollo Bay, the Split Point Lighthouse and onwards to the famous 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and many other breathtaking natural wonders.

Within the township of Lorne itself holiday makers will find a thriving shopping strip along one side of the Esplanade that is filled with numerous boutique shops, gift stores, trendy sidewalk cafes, surf shops and fine dining restaurants as well as other food outlets serving a variety of freshly caught seafood. Along the other side of the Esplanade you will find a spacious grassy area that is ideal for picnic, a skate park, outdoor swimming pool and numerous in-ground trampolines to keep kids of all ages entertained. And the best part about Lorne is that all of these great recreational facilities overlook the beautiful white sands of the Lorne beach and the calm, crystal blue waters of Louttit Bay.

If you are staying if the popular holiday destination of Lorne for your next vacation you will find a wide range of attractions and activities to satisfy people of all ages and interests. You can explore the unspoilt rainforests of the Otway Ranges, go bushwalking or four-wheel driving in the nearby Angahook State Forest, admire the views from the Mount Defiance and Cape Patton lookouts, sample the region's wineries, play a round of golf or simply take a romantic stroll along the beach. Also just a short drive away from Lorne are the spectacular Erskine Falls, Cumberland Falls and Phantom Falls. If you are staying in Lorne during the month of January then you can watch the town really come alive with the hosting of the annual Pier to Pub Swim & Mountain to Surf Run which are very popular with participants and spectators.

How To Get There :      The only real way to get to Lorne is by road. However, this is ideal because the drive to Lorne along the famous Great Ocean Road is indeed a unique experience in itself with the road hugging the coastline and providing you with sweeping ocean vistas around every turn. To get to Lorne from either Melbourne or Geelong exit off the Geelong Ring Road onto Anglesea Road, follow that road until you get to a roundabout at the junction with the Great Ocean Road and then turn right. An alternative way to get to Lorne if you do not want to travel along the windy coastal road is to follow the Princes Highway to Winchelsea, then turn off along the C151 road to Deans Marsh and then follow the road through the Otway forest to Lorne.

Weather :      The township of Lorne has a typical coastal Victorian climate with cold winters with plenty of rainy days (May - August), slightly milder spring with still plenty of rain (September - November) and a pleasant summer and autumn (December - April) with warmer temperatures (low to high 20s ° celsius) and relatively few rainy days.

Suitable For :      Family beach holidays, weekend getaways and couples looking for relaxation.

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