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Lorne

With its fresh sea air, white beaches and buzzing arts community, the nearby Otways and its relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere, Lorne has been attracting eager holiday makers for more than a century.

Alive in the outdoors

Visit some of the area's stunning attractions in the nearby Great Otway National Park. Discover the Erskine Falls cascading into a beautiful fern gully, one of ten waterfalls within ten minutes of town. Stroll along the banks of the Cumberland River or take in the view over Loutit Bay.

Looking to get the blood flowing? Hit the Surf Coast Walk to see the rich ochre cliffs of Bells Beach and the leafy green eucalypts lining the coast of Bass Strait. For a test of mind and body, visit in May for the Great Ocean Road Marathon, one of the world's most visually spectacular runs.

For those keen on a bit of fishing during their holidays, the Lorne Pier is a great place to cast a line for trevally, barracuda and whiting.

Out by the sea

Whether you're staying overnight or just passing through, take time out to wander down Lorne's main shopping strip filled with boutique gift stores, cellars, eateries and galleries. Relax with a latte at a sidewalk cafe, picnic under the trees on the foreshore, or dine on freshly caught seafood at a local restaurant.

See the fine art landscapes of award-winning Australian photographer, Will Dielenberg, at Edge Gallery and catch cabaret performers, dancers and comedy stars at the Lorne Performing Arts Festival in August.

Outdoor arts

Boasting a spirited arts community, Lorne is home to the celebrated Falls Music and Arts Festival that has hosted the likes of The Flaming Lips, Iggy Pop and Public Enemy. Pop into Qdos Arts to check out changing exhibits and outdoor sculpture park, or visit in March for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale, when up to 40 works are exhibited along the foreshore.

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Things to do

Walking & hiking

Erskine River Track

Confident walkers will love the challenge of this river track, with its hike by natural amphitheatres and rapids, and frequent river crossings.

National parks & reserves

Great Otway National Park

The Great Otway National Park stretches from Torquay through to Princetown and up through the Otways hinterland towards Colac. The park features...

Beaches & coastlines

The Great Ocean Road

Drive one of the world's most iconic scenic touring routes, the Great Ocean Road, spanning 243 kilometres along the stunning coastline of Victoria.

Walking & hiking

Triplet Falls Rainforest Walk

Wind through the ancient rainforest of the Otways on the Triplet Falls walk toward elevated platforms offering spectacular views of the cascades.

Walking & hiking

Kalimna Falls Trail

Look out for some of the original sleepers used to build this gentle walk to Kalimna Falls that traces the route of an old timber tramway.

Walking & hiking

Cora Lynn Cascades Walk

Take pleasure in the pretty, verdant scene before you − see the cascades flow over a series of exposed shale ledges, framed by ferns and mosses.

Things to do

Outdoor activities

Get outdoors in the Great Ocean Road region and enjoy a wealth of things to do from adventure activities on the ocean to a gentle stroll on the beach.

Walking & hiking

Cumberland River Walk

Be wowed by the beauty of this river valley trek past dramatic cliffs and peaceful pools, and enjoy a combination of easy and strenuous sections.

Walking & hiking

Sheoak Falls and Swallow Cave

Catch a glimpse of the waterfalls within 10 minutes on this quick and easy walk, and visit from spring to autumn to spy nesting birds at Swallow Cave.

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Things to do

Art and culture

Stroll through historic towns and discover arts and culture inspired by the spectacular coastal scenery or the fascinating range of local museums.

Great Ocean Road

Events

From world-class surfing and ocean swims to folk music and wine celebrations, the Great Ocean Road region hosts a diverse range of events all year.

Outdoor activities

Walking and hiking

Walk the Great Ocean Road region's stunning coastal tracks and ancient rainforest trails and see breathtaking ocean views or dramatic waterfalls.

Outdoor activities

Fishing

Target snapper, tuna and kingfish along some of the best ocean fishing grounds along the Great Ocean Road or cast a line for river bream or whiting.