Short Guide to Lorne, Victoria

Lorne is one of Victoria’s most beautiful and loved seaside towns. A definite inclusion on every Great Ocean Road tour, Lorne is popular all year round and offers something for everyone — no matter what they desire from a holiday or day trip.


The location of Lorne, some 140 kilometres from Melbourne, puts it in easy reach of Victoria’s capital city. Many visitors who undertake Melbourne tours are inspired to explore the state further and Lorne and the Great Ocean Road feature heavily as destinations of choice with tourists from all over the world.

To reach Lorne from Melbourne, take the Geelong bypass and progress towards Anglesea. From Anglesea, Lorne is a further 28 kilometres down the Great Ocean Road.

Lorne can also be easily reached by the Queenscliff/Sorrento Car Passenger Ferry.


Lorne offers an extensive selection of accommodation options. Motels, apartments, cabins, cottages, tourists parks, holiday houses, bed and breakfasts, health resorts, hotels, camp sites, backpackers, farm stays, luxury resorts and everything in between are on offer.

However, Lorne is a popular tourist location in all seasons and booking accommodation well in advance of peak periods is highly advisable.

A special place

It is easy to be captivated by Lorne — the town features great cafes, restaurants of fabulous quality, divine boutiques and galleries and a Mediterranean weather pattern. It is really no surprise that Lorne was the first place to be declared an area of special significance and natural beauty by the Victorian Government — and that was more than 100 years ago!

Water activities

Lorne is an absolutely perfect place for water-based activities. Whether you love to fish, swim, surf or simply be near the water, Lorne will not disappoint.

Lorne is renowned for its long, sandy beach that fronts Loutit Bay. On the opposite side of the road to the famous Lorne Hotel is the surf lifesaving club, and members of the club patrol the beach during the holiday periods.

Other activities

Away from the water, there is plenty to see and do in Lorne. Scenic cruises and scenic flights provide a unique and breathtaking way to see the area, but if you wish to relax and be a little pampered, take advantage of the many different spa, massage and health-based options in the area.

Lorne has a thriving arts-and-crafts community and some fabulous markets are often hosted in the area.

Taking some of the walks and witnessing the natural beauty of the area cannot be recommended highly enough. The Great Otway National Park overlooks the township of Lorne and is a wonderful, important and memorable place to visit.

Food and wine

If food and wine is your thing, you will be spoilt for choice in Lorne. All sorts of fare can be found in this beautiful seaside location, from restaurants of international standard to hotels and bistros. There are also restaurants and cafes that specialise in local seafood, as well as casual cafes and takeaway outlets.

Wineries are also a feature of the area and, if you enjoy a glass of wine, you are sure to be impressed by the wines on offer at many places in Lorne.

Lorne is a very special place in Victoria that is as interesting and varied as it is quaint and charming. This seaside location offers a range of options, activities and natural features that are sure to please all visitors to the area.

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