Lorne Things to Do

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    North Lorne Beach

    by cjg1 Updated Aug 1, 2013

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    This beach is a rocky stretch of beach that does have some sand. The water conditions are rough and their are lots of rocks hidden in the water. We did see people here having a picnic and a man fishing but this is definitely not a swimming beach.

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    Big Hill

    by cjg1 Updated Aug 1, 2013

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    Big Hill is another lookout area along the Great Ocean Road as you are driving from Lorne to Apollo Bay. The name Big Hill is definitely perfect for this spot. It is a Big Hill with a beautiful view of the surrounding hill areas and ocean below.

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    Cape Patton

    by cjg1 Updated Aug 1, 2013

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    Driving the Great Ocean Road brings many opportunites for beautiful views and lookout areas. Cape Patton was one of the many lookouts along the Great Ocean Road. We pulled into the small turn off to check out the views towards Apollo Bay and Skenes Creek. It was a beatiful view although a bit chilly and windy so we didn't linger too long.

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    Drive to the Welcome Arch!

    by ATXtraveler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Eastern View Memorial Arch

    The Great Ocean Road represents alot of things to Australians... determination, hard work, and memories. In particular, the road was built to memorialize the heroic actions of Anzacs in World War I. As the work became completed, a toll was implemented on the road, and at the beginning of the toll portion was a memorial arch, "Returned Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Great Ocean Road".

    Throughout the changes of the road and the years, it was determined that this arch was actually too small because of vehicle advancements, and there was a dispute over whether the memorial should be removed or replaced. After months of discussion, a truck actually lost control, smashed into it, and brought it down. Although it was rebuilt to more acceptable specifications, a fire burned the second one down! Yet again, it was rebuilt and stands still today around the "Eastern View" portion of the road, very close to Lorne.

    Enjoy your drive, and at some point, please do remember those who lost their lives in World War I, as well as the dedicated soldiers that returned and built this wonderful memorial!

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    Lorne Beach and Park

    by ATXtraveler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Lorne Beach

    If you are in Lorne, one of its portions of natural beauty is the beach park that is located at its focal point. On the shore of Louttit Bay, with the Lorne Surf Lifesavers club just seconds away, a nice safe swim is possible for people of all ages.

    As a reminder, always swim within the flags!

    During its busiest months, it is also a dog-free beach, which means you will not have to run back into the surf to clean off your feet after stepping on a landmine.

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  • Great Ocean Road Australia - Bunyip Tours (1 day)

    by Benjj Updated Mar 21, 2010

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    I had a chance to complete an extensive 1 day tour along the Great Ocean Road in south west Victoria with Bunyip Tours based in Melbourne. This is a long tour, but well worth the effort if you on a tight travel schedule. The first point of call is the world renowned Bells Beach Surfing Reserve. The surf was certainly up the morning we arrived, high glassy swells were peeling around the point and across the reef in nicely paced sets, as dozens of eager surfers jostled for a position on the wave in the sparkly morning sunshine.

    After a quick cuppa, we headed to picturesque old Aireys Inlet Historic lighthouse, restored in classic whitewash complete with a bright red rounded roof. It is a steep walk down to the beach, however, there is a large collection of colourful rock pools at low tide which makes for a very pleasant stroll along the shoreline to collect a variety of seashells. We then headed around a constantly twisty and winding stretch of the Great Ocean Road, which by now had became engulfed in a light eerie sea mist, to the pretty little holiday haven of Kennet River. We went Koala spotting amongst the long leafy gumtrees there and managed to spot several sleeping Koalas to our delight. After a spot of lunch, we continued on to Cape Otway to take a stroll within the gully of a cool temperate rainforest in the calm drizzle, along a descretly built boardwalk. The spooky calls of Sulphur Crested Cockatoos echoed around the towering Mountain Ash eucalypts and the bright green ferns glistened with condensation.

    We had to keep our visit brief as we had a tight schedule, so on we went to the rock monoliths stabbing skyward out of the ocean, the popular and frequently photographed 12 apostles. A couple have toppled in the last few years, and that is easy to imagine whilst looking at the heaving dark grey ocean waves smashing into the cliff faces. This part of the coast is sprinkled with shipwrecks. Ships that had sailed for several months or more, down from England, around the tip of South Africa, deep into the trecherious freezing Southern Ocean and across to the bottom of south east Australia, only to run aground on one of the many sharp reefs west of Cape Otway, just a short distance from their destination. So on we went to Loch Ard Gorge, the site of a famous shipwreck well known for the miraculous survival of two teenagers, Tom Pierce and Eva Carmichael, the only survivors. They cheated severe hypothermia and Tom Pierce scaled a steep cliff to seek help from one of the very few sheep grazing homesteads in the then very remote area. A very beautiful stretch of rugged coast.

    We then headed inland into pouring rain and gusty winds, across the deep green grassy hills full of fertile volcanic soil, to Colac for a spot of tea, then into night back to Melbourne. Our guide Bernie was wealth of knowledge and kept us well informed throughout the entire day with plenty of facts and stories. I easily recommend this tour if you have little time to explore this fascinating corner of Australia. Well done for a great day!

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    Roadknight's Head

    by Kathrin_E Updated Apr 22, 2009
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    Roadknight's Head is not in Lorne but further north towards Geelong - I am putting it here as not to open another page. The rock formations are quite pretty. In case you are coming from Melbourne, this place is worth a stop and you will find them rather spectacular. In case you are coming from the other side and have already seen the really spectacular cliffs of Port Campbell National Park, Roadknight's Head is, of course, nothing...
    Anyway it is a nice and clean sandy beach with shallow water.

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    The Town

    by Kathrin_E Written Apr 22, 2009
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    Lorne was rather quiet but it was more or less off-season when we visited. The seaside resort will be much busier in summer. Anyway, it was a nice place for the first stop along the Great Ocean Road. I suspect my driver was happy to have our big campervan safely in a campground after the first day on the road.

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    Lorne Beach

    by Kathrin_E Written Apr 22, 2009
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    We walked the beach in late March and it was really chilly. Besides, it was full of seaweed. I have no idea how the waters are for swimming. Maybe it is better in summer. Since Lorne claims to be a seaside resort there must be better options in other seasons.

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    Mouth of Erskine River

    by Kathrin_E Written Apr 22, 2009
    Suspension bridge across Erskine River
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    The river mouth with a suspension bridge is a romantic spot...
    A sandbank closes the river off the sea at low tide.

    We stayed in the campground right on the river bank. There is aboardwalk towards the beach which leads to the bridge. You can then walk along the beach to the centre of Lorne.

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    The Twelve Apostles

    by iandsmith Written Jun 4, 2007

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    Not quite a sunset
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    Not far from Loch Ard Gorge, the best of the Great Ocean Road, lies the most publicized part of the Great Ocean Road.
    One thing you can rest assured on here is that you will never be lonely. The last time (of three) that I was there there were 4 helicopters taking off in rotation (unintended pun but I'll take it). They had a new load every ten minutes so, since it was a five minute flight, you've got some idea of what the noise was like.
    The new carpark and walkways make it all so easy these days, so unlike the first time I was there when you simply pulled up and followed the track over to the scenery.
    No, these days it's fully boarded with proper viewing platform, busloads of tourists and, at sunset, everyone wants that memorable shot so they're queued up along the railing.
    However, it doesn't happen every evening so sometimes you have to give nature a little help, such as here in pics 1 & 3 where I covered my lens with my sunglasses. Pics 2&4 show you what it was like without that tinge.
    The last picture clearly indicates that though it was sunset of much promise, it never really happened. Oh, well, same time tomorrow.
    As a signature of how time worn they are, the nearest one, now collapsed, only did so in 2005.

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    The Gable

    by iandsmith Written Jun 2, 2007

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    Massive slabs of rock that used to support cliffs
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    The Gable lies between Lorne and the Twelve Apostles yet is seldom visited by tourists.
    Here you have the highest cliffs and splendid views though without the dramatic spires of rock sitting alone in the ocean.
    Even the turnoff is something you have to keep your eye out for. If you plan to visit I would suggest you check your map carefully so you don't get caught out and drive past.
    It's only a couple of kilometres, albeit down a dirt road, before you get to the carpark and then it's around a 15 minute walk to the viewing platform.

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    Thunder Cave

    by iandsmith Written Jun 1, 2007

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    Stairway to the viewing platform

    I remember 35 years ago I went into Thunder Cave with my son. It was one of life's most unbelieveable moments and I've never forgotten it but, life changes and, down here, so does the landscape.
    Originally there was a land bridge between the two jutting cliffs but that collapsed some time in the pre-settlement past and, these days, there is a viewing platform at the bottom that discourages would-be adventurers from going into the cave.
    When you see how you would access the cave from the view point it's easy to understand why they've done that. In a word it's "dangerous" and I should have spelt that with a capital "D".
    Having said that, the time we went in there we got to experience how the cave got its name. Despite the fact that the swell was minimal at the time the roar inside the cave was simply awe-inspiring. It was hard to believe that such a relatively small movement of water could create such a racket.
    It's in the process of erosion and, in time, will become a bridge itself and ultimately collapse just as the rest of the coast is doing.

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    Great Ocean Road - Loch Ard Gorge

    by iandsmith Written Jun 1, 2007

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    Dramatic scenery - The Island Arch
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    Of course, you've come to Lorne as part of your Great Ocean Road trip. Now, if I had to recommend one spot only as a must-see then this is my recommendation.
    You can have the Twelve Apostles, this place has so much more to offer. Apart from the truly dramatic scenery there's the tragic story of how it got its name, i.e. the Loch Ard was a clipper ship carrying cargo and passengers from Great Britain when it was caught here in treacherous seas and foundered on the rocks on June 1st, 1878.
    The story of how the cabin boy and a girl were the only two survivors is an extraordinary tale and, just as extraordinary, though horrible, is how 11 of the 52 bodies were washed up into this cavity (pic 5) and it glowed at night with the phosphoresence of wax matches from the cargo.
    Fascinating geologically are the "Lace Curtains", virtually exposed stalactites jutting out from the cliff face where groundwater has seeped along cracks in the limestone and created these rare formations.

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    Sheoak Falls

    by iandsmith Updated Jun 1, 2007

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    All along the Great Ocean Road there are places to pull up and go for a walk. Some are by the seaside, some are inland.
    For this particular walk there is a small carpark on a bend in the road where you stop and then have the option to spend as little as half an hour or days hiking, depends on how keen you are.
    We were about 2-3 hours keen and went inland to the falls before I headed up the mountainside for about an hour trying to reach, but not succeeding, a lookout further along. Turns out I would have required about another 2 hours to get anywhere near it.
    The day we were there was in the middle of Australia's worst drought so, instead of a gushing waterfall, all you got was a drip, literally.
    Still, there were some nice reflections (pics 2 & 4) in the pool.
    There are two major picnic areas in the Lorne section of the Angahook=Lorne National Park. 4 km along Allenvale Rd is the Sheoak Picnic Area. There are barbecue facilities, toilets, picnic tables, fireplaces and drinking water. Another, the Blanket Leaf Picnic Ground, is 7 km along Erskine Falls Rd which runs off William St. There are fireplaces, picnic tables, toilets, drinking water and information boards. Numerous walking tracks depart from these two sites, and from the Great Ocean Road and Erskine Falls carpark.

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