Lorne is located on the Great Ocean Road just 2 hours from Melbourne. Lorne is a very popular place to visit along the Great Ocean Road and can get very busy in Summer time. Within a short distance there are so many incredible things to do, from amazing beaches, beautiful waterfalls, incredible wildlife and simply breath taking views. You could visit Lorne on a day trip but to truly explore this beautiful place I would spend a few days here. Having a car will help explore the surrounding areas of Lorne, but a car isn’t necessary as there is many beautiful places to see in town.
Visit the popular Erskine Falls
Erskine falls are 30m tall and are located in the Otway ranges and is the most popular waterfall in Lorne. Getting to the Falls is a 15 minute drive up Erskine falls Road. Once at the carpark it’s just 80m to the lookout looking out to Erskine Falls. You can also walk down the 230 stone steps to the base of the Falls. From here you can take the Erskine River Walk (7.5km one way). This Track isn’t clearly signed you just see an opening and follow the creek down for about 5 minutes before you arrive at straw falls . You can then Continue along the river and walk past Straw Falls along the walk you will also pass Splitter Falls and huge rock slabs that form cascades. The walk is challenging and at times involves some tricky rock hopping and river crossings. It finishes in Lorne at the Kia Ora Caravan Park. The other short Hike from Erskine falls carpark is the Lemonade Creek walk to Erskine Falls (4.4km one way).
Click here to download the Great Otway National Park Lorne visitor guide before you go.
Visit the most popular lookout
Getting to Teddy lookout is located at the end of George street just a 5 minute drive from Lorne Beach. Teddy’s lookout is the most popular lookout on the Great Ocean Road. You can also walk to the lookout in 30 minutes but its very steep hike to the top. Once there a walkway takes you to the viewing platform where you have breath taking coastal views of the surf breaking into the mouth of the Saint George River. Teddy’s Lookout is one of the best along the Great Ocean Road and is worth a pit stop. From the lookout you can walk the Teddy’s and Otway Ranges Lookout Loop, to find more information click Here.
Visit Phantom Falls
Just 5 minute drive from Lorne is Phantom falls. Park at the Allenvale road Carpark, The hike to the Falls is a 3.6km return bush walk. The waterfall is 15 meters tall and is located on the St George River. From the Allenvale Car Park you cross Allenvale Rd and onto the signed track. The track then follows the St George River and over a bridge before going through some private property, which made this somewhat of an unusual hike.
The hike then continues along the river all the way to the falls. Once Reaching the water fall there is a small set of stairs taking you to the base of the falls. Return via the same route or take a detour route out to the canyon which will make it a 9.6km return hike. Click Here for more information.
Hendersons falls and won wondah Falls
To get to this falls either park at sheoak Picnic Ground or just off Allenvale road park on the unofficial Carpark off sharps road.
From sheoak Picnic Ground the return trip is 3.7km return trip to Henderson’s fall via won Wondah Falls.
The walk to the falls is fairly easy but it is quite muddy so make sure to wear sneakers or hiking shoes.
As you follow the signs to Henderson’s falls it’s a short trip to Won Wondah Falls.
Won Wondah Falls plunge downwards into a valley which is covered by lush vegetation, making it impossible to view or access the base. While still a beautiful spot the limiting view makes it difficult to fully appreciate this waterfall.
After viewing Won Wondah falls head back out the same way you came in and then follow signs to Henderson’s Falls. Once arriving at Henderson’s Falls you are able to walk right up to the base of the falls and with hardly anyone around its a very peaceful spot. Return along the same path back to Sheoak Picnic Ground.
Lower and Upper Kalimna Falls
Drive to Sheoak Picnic area down Allenvale road about a 15 minute drive from Lorne. Lower Kalimna Falls is known to be the prettiest waterfall in the area of Lorne. The walk to the falls is a 9.5km 3 hour return trip and is Grade 3 hike. The Trail begins on the right hand side, opposite from the picnic area.
The Trail can be very muddy in parts especially if it just rained. Continue along the trail until you get to an intersection where one trail takes you to Lower Kalimna falls and the other trail takes you to upper Kalimna Falls. Proceed to the right to the lower falls first. Lower Kalimna falls is like walking into a cave which has been caused by erosion around which allows access to behind the waterfall.
We will then come back up the same trail and continue to Upper Kalimna Falls, it is about another 30 minute walk along the trail. You can view the upper falls by a small platform. You then return along the same trail or you can return along the Garvey link trail, which was 1.5hour return to the Sheoak picnic ground.
From the Sheoak Picnic ground there is a couple other hikes you can walk to such as the short nature walk which is a 1.5km loop.
Shipwreck Trail and Lorne Pier
This is beautiful trail along the foreshore. The walk begins at the Swinging Bridge café finishing at the Lorne Pier. The trail is 2.1km one way walk or ride.
Sunny mead Archway and Beach
Just a 20 minute drive from Lorne is Aireys Inlet. A popular spot to check out while in this town is Sunny mead beach and archway. make sure you come to the Archway on low tide as you wont be able to access it at High tide. this is a beautiful spot to explore and relax.
Surf Coast walk and Spit Point Lighthouse
The surf coast walk is a 44-kilometre trail which is located at the start of the Great Ocean Road region from Torquay to Aireys Inlet. The trail has 12 trail heads making it easy access for a short or a all day hike. Check out the trail Here. The trail in Aireys inlet is from Urquhart Bluff to Sunny mead beach. The trail has beautiful views out the to the ocean and begins at the Spit Point Lighthouse.