Great Ocean Road near Lorne - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
One of the many lookouts along the Great Ocean Roads changing between rugged coastline and beautiful sandy beaches.
Great Ocean Road near Lorne - FURTHER INFORMATION
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The small, seaside town of Lorne lies near the mouth of the Erksine River on the eastern section of the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. It is a popular holiday and surfing destination within what is know as 'Surf Coast Shire'. European loggers first arrived at Lorne in the mid 19th century and the town is named after the Marquess of Lorne from Argyleshire in Scotland in honour of his marriage to Princess Louise, one of Queen Victoria's daughters.
Today, Lorne depends heavily on tourism, especially during the summer months, and the town has many hotels, motels and restaurants to choose from. During the Falls Festival around the New Year the population of the town can swell from the usual 1,000 to 15,000 and more.
Lorne - Tourist AttractionsLorne has many sea-based attractions and activities for the visitor. It is a very popular surfing destination and for shore fishing. Among the local sights and attractions are:
- Lorne Pier - good for fishing for barracuda, whiting, and trevally.
- Teddy's Lookout - lookout near the southern edge of town with good views along the coast.
- Lorne Beach - for sea, sand surf and surfing.
- Lorne Golf Club - popular local golf club on Holiday Road.
- Falls Festival - annual music festival held at New Year, linked to events at the same time in Victoria and Marion Bay on Tasmania.
- Pier to Pub - annual 1.2km open water race across the bay form the pier.
- Erskine Falls - water falls in a park 10 miles north of Lorne.
- Split Point Lighthouse - lighthouse overlooking Eagle Rock from cliffs at Fairhaven, 15km north of Lorne.
- Angahook - Lorne State Park - 34,000 hectares of park containing Straw Falls and Erskine Falls, 10 km from Lorne.
- Great Otway National Park - 103,000 hectares of parkland on the coast some 55km south of Lorne near Apollo Bay.
- Port Campbell National Park - famous for the dramatic coastal formations like the Twelve Appostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Bay of Islands and more, about 130km from Lorne.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Car: Lorne lies between Big Hill and Wey River on the Great Ocean Road. It is 68km south of Geelong and 45km north of Apollo Bay, some 130km from Port Campbell National Park and the famous Twelve Appostles.