You should reach the beachside town of Lorne by mid afternoon. The town is on Louttit Bay, named after a sea captain who assisted a stricken ship in the area in 1841. Some years later the area was logged for timber, then cattle were introduced. The main street is named after the Mountjoy family who owned a cattle station running through the area.

From the 1870’s development expanded the town. Camping holidays started around this time, with tourism following with the opening of Great Ocean Road in 1924. By the 1950’s large hotels and guesthouses had been established to accommodate growing tourism. Lorne is the only town along this stretch of the Great Ocean Road to have large accommodation venues and that remains a controversial topic to the present day. Lorne has been a holiday destination for over a century, so has an amazing mix of buildings interpreting beach holiday perspectives from different eras.

Lorne has a very good surf beach and an array of unusual boutiques for the discerning shopper.

Just south of Lorne along The Great Ocean Road is a moderate walk of 1 km to Sheoak Falls. Set in an amphitheatre among the Otway forest, the falls come into view about 10 minutes from the carpark.

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Traveller Experiencing Lorne

These are photos and occasionally videos that people have uploaded to Instagram with #lorne, while enjoying their holiday along the Great Ocean Road

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