Nice place to stop, shops, food, nice beach, attractions
Swells with the tourists peak season
A nice stopover along the Great Ocean Road
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.more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
Most hotels are expensive along the Great Ocean Road...but the Grand Pacific Hotel was quite...more
We had booked at the Grand Pacific Hotel, which is a great deal if you're trying to save $$...but we...more
128 Mountjoy Pde, Lorne, 3232, Australia
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
We stopped off in Lorne during our drive to Apollo Bay. We were in need of some lunch as we hadn't eaten since the night before. My wife noticed this place as we drove into town so we parked the car and checked out the menu. The menu has a nice variety of pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches,chicken, fish, burgers,desserts and coffee items. The place...more
The Pier Seafood Restaurant is located at the foot of the pier itself. Having amazing views of all of Lorne and on a clear day all the way to Aireys Inlet. Not only does it have an amazing view the seafood is to die for! There is a huge selection of fresh seafood, as well as other options for those who are not seafood lovers. I had the seafood...more
After passing by all the warning signs by the Victoria Government to keep your eyes wide open while driving on the road, our morning drive hit a peak where coffee was essential. As we came into Lorne, we saw a nice little row of cafes and bakeries, but even at 10am, a slim minority of them were open.Louttit Bay Bakery was the most appealing of the...more
The little restaurant named Tiramisu is a few metres uphill from Lorne's main street. They have put up a mobile sign on the sidewalk in said main street, that is how we found it. I really hope it still exists, our visit took place in 2005.The restaurant is run by a young couple. He is of Italian descent, the chef and an ambitious singer... She is...more
Food for all the four seasons of Melbourne and Victoria Weather this place has pizza, fish and chips, salads, Pasta, Mexican, Burgers, Toasted sandwiches, Hotdogs, Breakfast and all the beverages one would need at reasonable prices. Though the menu I have is a bit old, I am sure if there food is as good as when I was there it still is now.A take...more
We went to the Lorne Pier Seafood Restaurant but they wouldn't be open until 6pm. Our tummies were making lots of noise and refused to wait for another hour, so we ended up in Andrew's Chicken Joint. Chicken salad, pizza, fish & chips, burger, etc. I'd fish & chips, fish was very fresh, but Ewa's chicken salad made me drool.more
My wife and I made arrangements to rent a car through Europcar for our drive on the Great Ocean Road. We arrived at the train station in Melbourne and headed off to the car rental office. Our car was at an off site location (weird) so we hopped into a car with the clerk to another Europcar location to pick up our car.
Our car was a basic economy car, four door, Hyundai. I paid extra($20) for a GPS unit as we were unfamiliar with our route. Our car was clean and safe; we had no problems at all with the service or the GPS during our trip.
There are several shops along the one and only one commercial stip in Lorne , along Mount Joy Parade.
You can buy some gifts from Beachhouse (part of the Cumebrland Resort), or even upstairs of the tourist information stop - you can buy a map for 50 cents, and some souveniers there. I bought some glassware - shoorters with wombat painted over them for around 8-ish dollar each.
I was actually interested in an art twork made by potter David Spence but it was not for sale.
Not really a custom tip. The Golden Wattle is the Australian floral emblem, proclaimed in 1988. Golden Wattle occurs in the understorey of open forest or woodland and in open scrub formations in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory and you'll see many of them along the way to Lorne. Since Federation, the Golden Wattle has been introduced to Britain, California in the United States of America, and South Africa. It grows so abundantly in South Africa that it is considered a weed. :p
Watch out for speed traps along the Great Ocean Road. Speed limits vary from 60kmh to 90 kmh. It is usually 60kmh around the towns and there are police cars lying in weight. There is a tendency to lose track of your speed especially when the roads are seemingly empty, but there are police out there waiting for you. Fines are really hefty! I got...more
This is the warning sign next to the wooden stairs leading down to Jan Juc beach. For some unknown reasons, the stairs were closed and the sign said "No Entry". Despite the warning, there were people climbing over the blockade to get down to the beach, so I did too. :pmore
About 6 kms inland from Lorne is Erskine Falls - part of Angahook-Lorne State Park. Deep in the rainforests, a steep descent from the car park to the pool at the bottom of the falls (although it is 'stepped' for easier descent) leads to a number of paths along the banks of the creek as well as into the forest itself (note that a sign at the pool...more
As we ventured off from Bell's Beach and its great waves, headed toward Lorne, we came across a great lighthouse, located at the eastern side of the "Shipwreck Coast" in a small town called Aireys Inlet. Split Point Lighthouse served a very important function, as a navigation point between Cape Otway and Port Phillip Bay on Victoria's South...more
A large cave overhang across the river, where the Welcome Swallows nest in rock crevices in spring.The Welcome Swallow is metallic blue-black above, light grey below on the breast and belly, and rust on the forehead, throat and upper breast. It has a long forked tail, with a row of white spots on the individual feathers.Unfortunately, it was winter...more
Surfers' little secret, stretch of unspoilt coastline. The cold winter water doesn't stop those crazy surfers from coming here! (Surfers are crazy people, according to Jurek's wife Ewa. ) Just beware of strong current (doubt there's anything you can do once you are aware of it!) and submerged rock!
Equipment: Bring your own surfboard!
Artist Julie Squires, an ex-Novocastrian (ex Newcastle) now living in Melbourne, was chosen as the person to create a sculpture commemorating the road's construction and its reasons for conception; she took the responsibility most seriously and explains the kinds of research that went in to her creation. "Particularly for me, if I'm sculpting a...more
Lorne is definitely a slow paced coastal town. It was early in the spring, so we did not see many businesses open and thriving in the morning, and there were not too many residents out on the streets. Lorne is located 200 miles west of Melbourne, along the Great Ocean Road. It is neighbored by Anglesea to the east, and Apollo Bay to the West. It...more
With those tall ferns and thick foliage, I felt like walking in Jurassic Park while hiking in the state park. Take a very close look at those green things growing on the tree trunks, they look like a miniature jungle! Refreshing air, desperately needed for a city dweller like me.more