WHAT TO DO FOR A WEEKEND IN LORNEby GREAT OCEAN ROAD
You’ve probably heard before that Lorne has 10 waterfalls within 10kms...but have you seen them all? There has never been a better time to discover (or rediscover) their splendour. While you’re at it, here are some other things we love doing in Lorne too.
1. Gaze up & over Erskine Falls
What's more mesmerising? Gazing over a waterfall at eye-level or sizing it up from below? If you can’t decide, don’t worry, at Erskine Falls you can do both. Tumbling 30 metres down a rocky face in a fern filled rainforest setting, Erskine Falls drips with natural charm.
From the car park 150 metres gets you to the first lookout platform where you can soak up the cascade in all its splendour. For the second act, trek 200 plus steps down deep into the gully for a worm's eye view of the splash pool and falls.
Local tip: Winter is the best time to see these stunning falls
2. Peer through Kalimna Falls
Kalmina Falls is a two for one deal, with the lower and upper sections at just an easy 3km walk through the Otways. Lower Kalimna Falls is unique and special, because you can climb into the cave behind it and look out through the falling water to the large pool surrounded by mossy logs and rocks. The Upper Falls are a stunning series of cascades viewed from a platform.
3. Stroll down the Lorne Pier & Swing Bridge
The pier is the perfect place for a stroll, to set up, relax and catch some fish (chat to a local and see what they’re catching, maybe some snapper or squid), or in winter, you may even spot a migrating whale! Need to add more
4. See the view from Teddys Lookout
When was the last time you saw that really iconic Great Ocean Road view? Teddys Lookout is the perfect spot to take in the glory of the winding road and see where St George River empties out and the surf breaks in the ocean. You can even grab a good old Great Ocean Road selfie while you’re there.
5. Take the St George River Walk
Take a moment away from the hustle and bustle and revel in rocky pools and opulent, shady fern gullies. The St George River track follows two river crossings, displaying fairy garden-esc views of towering eucalyptus. A moderate walk, usually taking an hour all up, the track is 2.7km one way.
6. Get Your Adventure On At Live Wire Park
Blow off some steam at this adventure park amongst the trees. Home to the Shockwave Zip Coaster (Australia's most extreme zip line), epic ropes courses and the treetop canopy circuit; experience nature supercharged. Live Wire Park has a fun level to suit everyone, but we recommend you give it all a go, you’ll definitely leave with a smile on your face!
You can easily spend half a day perusing the shops on Mountjoy Parade, whether it’s fashion, shoes, homewares, books, gifts, you won’t be left short.
8. Treat Yourself and Dine Out
Dive into Lorne’s illustrious food culture and be blown away by our local flair for fresh harvest and tasty meals. Make sure you grab a ‘cuppa’ and chill out at one of Lorne’s many intricate cafes too. Our top shots to treat yourself and dine in at are:
MoVida Lorne - a Spanish tapas restaurant boasting flair and flavour with an emphasis on cuisine made from local, fresh seafood. Offering a classic Spanish tapa dining experience, but with a beachside twist, you can take in the view from the huge windows making you feel like you’re dining by the ocean.
Ipsos or Salonika – If you love greek food, you won’t go hungry in Lorne. Ipsos and Salonika are doing it right and both well worth a visit. Both beautiful and welcoming places to dine in, the food, coffee and wine will leave you wanting to visit Greece.
9. Go for a Ride, a Paddle or a Surf
If the sun is out and the ocean is looking inviting, it’s time to hire a board or a SUP and get out there. There are a few places around that you can hire all your gear from, like Go Ride A Wave (at HAH Lornebeach café) or the Lorne Surf Shop. If you pop into HAH Lornebeach you can even hire a selection of beach games like cricket or giant jenga!
10. Visit Your Neighbours
Lorne is the perfect place to set up for a while and explore the surrounds which are only a short drive away. Head into the glorious Otways for more walks and waterfalls, pop over to AIreys Inlet to get your dose of history at the lighthouse (or a meal by the open fire at the Aireys Pub), grab a coffee and watch some local surfers at Fairhaven or spend the day exploring the Otway Coast Hamlets and spotting wildlife in the stunning towns of Separation Creek, Wye River and Kennett River.
Lorne is known as where the forest meets the sea and it really is a mix of all our favourite parts of the Great Ocean Road. With such a range of offerings for the romantic weekend away, to the activity packed week with the family, you can create your own adventure in Lorne and the surrounding coastal and hinterland towns. We hope to see you soon.