Known back in the timber-cutting days of the 1850s as the squatters’ Riviera, Lorne has lost none of its allure with the passing years.
The approaches to the modern resort town along the Great Ocean Road are spectacular, but Lorne loses nothing in comparison to the scenic entrances. Blessed with a mild climate and the backdrop of the heavily wooded Otway Ranges, the oceanside town on the Erskine River estuary is certainly one of Victoria’s most attractive resort towns.
Despite the traffic generated by the mind-bending views from the Ocean Road, Lorne has remained largely unspoilt, leaving visitors free to soak up the natural attractions of swimming off fine beaches, surfing, fishing or taking a leisurely stroll along the Shipwreck Walk.
The coast-hugging Angahook-Lorne State Park, which extends over 22,000ha back into the ranges provides a captivating mix of secluded coves and bays where you can bathe or toss a fishing line and bushclad valleys and ridges laced with walking trails that lead to spectacular waterfalls and tranquil picnic areas.
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section of the Great Ocean Road.