The Pacific Hotel/Motel on a prominent corner on the western side of town was built of 300,000 locally-made bricks in 1879 and named the Grand Pacific Hotel. Its situation at the tip of Point Grey facing out overlooking the sea and the jetty and the wonderful wrought iron work on the balconies make it a drawcard for tourists.
It's hard to ignore the jetty at Lorne. I certainly didn't, choosing to stay in the carpark in my motorhome and have a good, though almost fruitless, fishing session.
Its main use these days is for the fishing fleet as most freight comes by road.
There's always someone out the end fishing, except in the foulest weather.
There's also a fine restaurant there run by a Greek and I can certainly recommend the chowder.
After you sit and have something to eat (not cheap, but delicious) you will probably have a wander around the property and, at some stage, will pass by the dam (pic 3) where there's always some interesting sculptures.
One that fascinated me (pic 5) was this effort which sees some left over abalone shells, some copper welding rods and a bit of cast bronze set up as a blackboy plant priced at $9,000 and there's no shortage of odd sculptures as clearly seen in pic 4.
This place is situated out the back of Lorne, set in a relaxing bushland acreage that will not only beckon you in but leave you hoping you can return. I know, I've done both.
These days it has expanded beyond its original concept and also has modern accommodation done in Japanese style but still retains its fine food restaurant.
They have such an eclectic mix of work here there is sure to be something to please. Mind you, should you be desirous of any items, it's a fair bet there won't be enough cash in your wallet to cover it. For instance the item in pic 2 had a $90,000 price tag attached (titled "Little Big Man").
We've done a lot of hiking in australia...and while we were in Lorne...we checked this one out. it was definitely worth the time...and wouldn't believe how thick the rainforest is so close to the road...
We just happened to be passing through Lorne on the day the annual Pier to Pub race was taking place.
This is a very popular swimming event, hundreds of people were taking part.
There were so many people in town that day, hardly a car park to be found!!
One of the main reason's for Lorne developing as it has is a result of the wide, relatively safe (sheltered) beach. It can get fairly busy but there's enough space.The northerly part of the bach towards the mouth of the Erskine River (away from the carpark and main drag) is usually quieter.
High above the town at the southern end of Loutit Bay is Teddy Lookout - a natuarl bush parkland which gives great views over the Great Ocean Rd as it winds its way along the coast southwest towards Apollo Bay. Such a vantage point here gives a real indication of the feat of enineering it took to build the road back in the 1920s/1930s.
There are many waterfalls in the Angahook Lorne State Park and we visited the Erskine Falls about 9 kms north of Lorne. Here a short walk down steps takes you to the base of the falls or you can simply view them from the top - a short stroll from the car park.
Here you can see wallabies and if you are very lucky you may spot a koala
Nestled in a valley between the highway and Bass Strait, Jan Juc is sheltered from the prevailing south westerly winds, but is still next door to spectacular coastal scenery. Wooden staircases descend to the beach at regular intervals. Atop the cliffs, platforms and walking tracks help display the grandeur of Bass Strait. At Jan Juc, the mighty, ochre cliffs of south western Victoria first begin to rise over the sea. Rugged points, reef breaks, rock pools, and secluded white sandy beaches lay at the foot of the cliffs.
Look out for the distinctine "i" logo of the Visitor Information Centre whenever you visit a town in Victoria. It's full of information on the place, free maps, event list, accommodation brochures etc. Have a chat with the friendly and helpful staff and they'll give you plenty of tips.
This reserve land was gazetted in 1882 and named Queens Park in honour of Queen Victoria. The Park is rich in native flora and fauna, and a good place for bird watching. Kookaburras, king parrots, sulphur-crested cuckatoos are just a few examples. Teddy's Lookout, the scenic viewpoint above the St. George River and Great Ocean Road is also part of the park.
Saw this on the information board:
Take time and take care of the environment,
Be aware of the beauty of Lorne,
Help preserve its wild flowers, trees and native animals.
The areas you visit, the sceneries you enjoy,
The friendship you have established,
Will be sustained by the memory of the ocean and country landscapes.
Only about 10 minutes walk from the entrance of Queens Park take you to Teddy's Lookout. Although many interesting but unsubstantiated theories have been advanced, the identity of this legendary "Teddy" is still undocumented, having been named before 1888, eventhough some said it was named after a ranger who went there to round out stray cattle.
Not quite in Lorne, but on the way along the Great Ocean Road lies the village of Jan Juc. The name was thought to be of Aboriginal origin to which several meanings have been ascribed: milk, goose, or ironbark.
Our friend Jurek, an avid surfer, brought us here because Jan Juc beach is one of the best surfing beaches along the coast of Great Ocean Road, and the view is simply spectacular.
The pic shows the Bird Rock, didn't see any birds on it though, perhaps once upon a time.
Among the fauna most likely to be found are swamp wallabies, possums, eastern grey kangaroos and bandicoots. More than 150 species of birds have been recorded in the forest park including albatross, petrels and the crested penguin.