Lorne Activities

 

THINGS TO SEE AND DO….LORNE

 

“Resort for all seasons”

 

Set between the sparkling waters of Loutit Bay and the beautiful forests of the Otway Ranges, Lorne has a special charm.

Lorne’s Mountjoy Parade offers a cosmopolitan welcome and is an activity in itself with a variety of fantastic shops.


WALKS, WATERFALLS AND LOOKOUTS

 

There are many beautiful walks and waterfalls to explore around Lorne in the Great Otway National Park.

Waterfalls include Erskine Falls, Henderson Falls, Phantom Falls, Upper and Lower Kalimna Falls, Sheoak Falls,

Swallow Cave and the Cora Lyn Cascades. Popular walks are from the Sheoak Picnic Ground, along the St George River,

Erskine River, Sheoak River, Lemonade Creek and the Cumberland River.

Foreshore and Historical walks include the Tramways Track, Shipwreck Plaque Walk, Stony Creek Walk and the Doug Stirling Walk.

 

Erskine Falls


The Erskine Falls drop 30 metres into the fern lined valley of the Erskine River is only a 9km drive from Mountjoy Parade

(follow the signs). From the car park walk down the steps to the first lookout (approximately 150 meters)

then continue to the second platform lookout at the base of the falls ( another 240 steps) and enjoy the ancient ferns,

shrubs and native trees from the foot of the falls.

 

Lorne Pier
A sroll alonf the foreshore cliff walk to Lorne Pier and the fisherman’s co-op is a must for lovely scenic views.

 

Teddy’s Lookout
View the scenic lookout above the St Georges River and the Great Ocean Road for breathtaking views.

There are three lookouts with a 30 minute connecting loop walk for the nature enthusiast.

 

PICNIC & BBQ AREAS

 

Blanket Leaf
Picnic tables, wood BBQ’s, toilets and information board.

 

Sheoak Picnic Area
Toilets, free gas BBQ’s under shelter, picnic tables and information board.

 

Lorne Foreshore
Toilets, free gas BBQ’s under shelter and picnic tables.

 

North Lorne
Toilets, free gas BBQ’s under shelter and picnic tables.


Scotchmans Hill (the point)
Toilets, free gas BBQ’s and picnic tables.

 

Shelley Beach- Great Ocean Road South
Toilets, picnic tables and free gas BBQ’s (in the car park between the Pier and Shelly Beach).

 

EATING OUT


Lorne has an excellent selection of food outlets; from trendy cafes, fine dining restaurants, bakeries, juice bars, takeaway outlets and fresh produce shops.

 

WINERIES AND LOCAL PRODUCE


There are many fantastic local wine and food producers in the region.

 

Gentle Annie Berry Gardens and Tea Rooms (Deans Marsh)
Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm (Pennyroyal)
Old Lorne Road Olives (Deans Marsh)
Blakes estate Vineyard and Winery (Deans Marsh)
Dinny Goonan Family Estate (Deans Marsh)
Gosling Creek (Murroon)


Pick up a copy of the Surf Coast Wine and Produce Trail and go on a mouth watering tour of the Surf Coast.


BEACHES


Main beach Lorne is the only patrolled beach during the summer season. Other beaches in North Lorne and Shelly Beach

have rock shelves and therefore are not suitable for inexperienced swimmers.


TOURS AND ATTRACTIONS

 

Auswalk Walking Tours
Inn to Inn guided tours running from Torquay to Lorne. Maps and self guided material supplied and luggage is moved for you

while you’re out walking. Tours depart daily. For bookings phone: 5356 4971

 

Cape Otway Lightstation
Lightstation open daily: 9am- 5pm. Climb to the top of the Lightstation for stunning views. Visit the old Telegraph Station and

Keepers Cottages. Phone: 5237 9240 www.lightstation.com

 

Big Stick Adventures
Big Stick Adventures specialises in unique team building and incentive experiences for corporate markets.

For bookings phone: 5261 9181

 

Eco Logic Environmental Services
Eco-Logic offer a wide variety of activities including rock pool rambles, ocean snorkel tours, guided walks and specialised

environmental talks.

 

Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours

hire out surf gear, canoes and bikes. They also operate tours for groups only. Ph: 5236 3321

 

Otway Discovery Tours
Jump on/off service from Melbourne, Geelong, Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo Bay and Princetown (everyday).

Coach style, 21 seater. 3 Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians tour- Leaves Melbourne on Wednesdays. Phone: 03 9629 5844

 

Otway Fly Treetop Walk and Zipline Tour
A unique experience enabling visitors to enjoy a 600 metre walk through beautiful temperate rainforest Or the Zip Line Tour

a traverse the the air 30 metres above the forest guided by trained and experienced guides.

Zip Line Tours must be pre-booked online at www.otwaytreetopadventures.com.au

 

Southern Exposure Eco Adventures
Offers a range of adventure sports. From learn to surf programs to mountain biking, sea kayaking, dragon boats,

fitness courses and much more. Caters for large groups and individuals. Phone: 5261 9170

 

Wildlife Tours Australia
Wildlife Tours Australia offers fun sightseeing tours for the budget conscious traveller. We have both a 1 and 2 day tours

with the option of hop on - hop off along the way. For bookings phone: 1300 661 730


Split Point Lighthouse Tours
Join a cultural, historical and environmental tour of the Split Point lighthouse. Famous for its starring role in the TV series,

Round the Twist. The White Queen has some of the best views of the coast and is a must see in the Surf Coast region.

For bookings phone: 1800 174 045

 

LORNE THEATRE


The Lorne Theatre in Mountjoy Parade has regular cinema programs that operate all year round. Phone 5289 1272


CYCLING


Cycling is a great way to explore the coastal and hinterland scenery of the Surf Coast.. There are a number of recommended

trails to choose from in the ‘Cycling the Surf Coast’ guide. Rides around Lorne include the

‘Rainforest Ride’ (152km) and the ‘Hug the Coast’(231 km).


Some 4WD tracks are suitable mountain bike trails including ‘Five MileTrack’, ‘Big Hill Track’ and ‘Sharps/Garvey Tack’ (seasonal)

ANNUAL EVENTS (including sporting events)
Visit www.visitsurfcoast.com for annual events.

 

GOLF COURSES


Lorne Country Club
Spectacular nine hole course set in natural bush with sweeping 180 degree views of the ocean. Visitors welcome and greens

fees are low. Golf clubs are available for hire. Holiday Road, Lorne. Phone: 5289 1267

 

ART AND CRAFT , SHOPS AND GALLERIES

 

Qdos Art
Allenvale Road, Lorne. Phone: 5289 1989
Open daily 10am to 5pm (seasonal times in winter)

 

DOGS


There are dog friendly maps available at the visitors centre.

 

ACTIVITIES AND SPORT


Fishing


There are plenty of spots along the Surf Coast. Popular spots around Lorne include Reedy Creek, Loutit Bay and the Lorne Pier.

Common catches include Salmon, Snapper, Whiting, Gummy Sharks, Barracouta and Trevally.

Fishing gear available for hire from Lorne Hardware and Leisure, Phone: 5289 1329

 

Tide Charts and fishing licenses are available from the Lorne Visitor Centre.

 

Horse Riding


Have a fantastic horse riding experience for all ages, with both bush and beach riding experiences available. Booking ahead is recommended. Tours operate daily. Blazing Saddles Bimbadeen Drive, Aireys Inlet. Phone 5289 7322

 

Paddle Boats


Located near the Erskine river mouth at the Swing Bridge Café, open school holidays, peak season and most weekends. Phone: 0417 005 071

 

Skate Park

 

Located between Mountjoy Parade and the Swimming Pool.

 

Surfing and Wetsuits


Hire available from the local surf shops. For lessons see under Tours and Attractions

 

Tennis Courts

 

Bookings essential. The Lorne Country Club Ph: 5289 1267

 

Trampolines and Mini Golf


Located on the foreshore next to the swimming pool, open school holidays and most weekends.


SPA AND MASSAGE

 

Endota- Cumberland Resort
Located in the Cumberland Lorne Resort shopping complex. Shop 8&9/150 Mountjoy Parade. Phone 5289 1900

 

Endota- Mantra Resort
Located at the Mantra Erskine Beach Resort. Mountjoy Parade. Phone 5289 5103

 

 

DRIVES FROM LORNE

 

Surf Coast Hinterland
Take a scenic drive and explore the hinterland of the Surf Coast. Within 30 minutes drive you will find attractive rural towns by

the banks of the Barwon River. Take the Deans Marsh Road for an alternate route to Geelong / Melbourne. Deans Marsh,

Birregurra and Winchelsea have a range of things to do and see- from historic mansions, churches and hotels to wineries,

quaint tearooms and antique shops. There are many reserves and BBQ areas where you can enjoy the outdoors.
 

Further information on any of the above activities can be obtained from the visitor informtaion centres or
go to http://www.surfcoast.vic.gov.au/Tourism/Discover_Surf_Coast