Melbourne to Lorne
Begin your journey by heading south to the picturesque town of Torquay, recognised as the surfing capital of Australia, thanks to the famous Bells Beach. Follow the coast from through Anglesea to Lorne, here we recommended a short detour to Erskine Falls. You can park close to the 30 metre cascading waterfall, or take a walk through the lush rainforest to stretch your legs.
Lorne is nestled between Loutit Bay and the Otway National Park, bringing the beach and the bush together at your doorstep. It's an ideal spot to stop and enjoy on your journey, there are a great range of places to eat and drink, shop and explore, with 10 waterfalls within 10km of the town.
The Great Ocean Road Heritage Centre located in Lorne's Visitor Complex showcases the historical story of the road carved in rock, a gruelling feat by returned servicemen of World War 1.
During the whale watching season (from May to September), Lorne is a great spot to capture a glimpse of these gentle giants. It is also the perfect spot for surfers with beginner waves at Lorne Beach, a more advanced break at Cathedral Rock in the Great Otway National Park and several other nearby breaks.
Lorne Walking Tracks & Waterfalls - suggestion
There are 23 walks around Lorne, with over 60km of marked tracks. Many of the walks in the area feature waterfall and lookouts over the rugged coastline. There are waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, dramatic cliffs and peaceful pools along the river valleys, as well as fascinating geological features like the Canyon.
Lorne Foreshore (South) - Shipwreck Plaques and Doug Stirling Walk
1.5 km one way, allow 1 hour, Easy walk, Start: Lorne Visitor Centre, Finish: Shelly Beach
This easy walk on gravel paths and boardwalks along the Lorne foreshore takes you past a number of plaques commemorating the shipwrecks in Louttit Bay. The Doug Stirling Walk is a
1km walk along the foreshore between the Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club and the Lorne Pier.
Lorne Foreshore (North) - Swing Bridge and Bert Alsop walk
2 km one way, allow 1 hour, easy walk, start: Lorne Visitor Centre, finish: car park on Great Ocean Road
From the Lorne Visitor centre walk through Top Bank Caravan Park to Swing Bridge. Cross the bridge and
turn right past the memorial graves and continue along through a Melaleuca grove, finishing the walk
on the beach below the car park. Dependent on the tide, the walk can be returned back along the beach to the river mouth.
Five Mile Track
8km one way, allow 3 hour, moderate walk, start: Lorne Visitor Centre, finish: Deans March Road
This walk is on a 4WD track seasonally closed to vehicles. Wallabies and kangaroos frequent the understorey
and some rare and threatened plant species may be found along the track. There are views across the Erskine River to Erskine Falls Road.
Teddy’s Lookout and Queens Park Lookout Loop
1.6 km loop, 45 min, moderate walk
Drive to the rotunda at the end of George Street and walk a few hundred metres to Teddy’s Lookout.
The Queens Park Lookout Loop takes you through the bush of Queens Park via three lookouts with panoramic views along the coast and the Otway Ranges.
Erskine Falls, Lookouts 1 and 2
1st lookout - 300m return, easy (15 min return), 2nd lookout - 700m, moderate (30 min return)
Erskine Falls is one of the most popular falls in the Otways. The 30 metre falls are attractive even
when there is little water tumbling into the pool below. It is an easy walk to the first lookout, providing a spectacular view over the falls. The steep climb down steps to the second lookout is more strenuous, but worth it for the view from the beautiful fern gully.
Allenvale Mill Car Park to Phantom Falls, The Canyon, Won Wondah and Henderson Falls
8.6 circuit, allow 3-4 hours, moderate walk
After reaching Phantom Falls, from above the falls there is a track leading to The Canyon, a fascinating geological feature with sheer walls rising to 10 metres on either side, onwards to Won Wondah Falls and then worth diverting the short distance to Henderson Falls. From here return towards the Sheoak Picnic ground, walking back along the Allenvale road to the Allenvale Mill Site. This is one of the most diverse and spectacular loop walks around Lorne.