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Lorne - Cities, Towns and Localities
One of Victoria’s popular seaside town and part of the iconic Great Ocean Road drive, Lorne sits along several kilometres of the scenic coastline of Loutit Bay.

The town of Lorne was originally called Louttit Bay after Captain Louttit, who sought shelter in the bay in 1841 while supervising the retrieval of cargo from a nearby shipwreck. By 1846 the coast was surveyed and 1849 saw the first European settler, William Lindsay a timber-cutter, felling trees in the area. The town was named after the Marquess of Lorne from Argyleshire in Scotland in 1871, on the occasion of his marriage to Princess Louise, one of Queen Victoria's daughters.

Lorne’s close proximity to Melbourne, just over 140 km, makes this a popular destination for both Australians and international visitors. With its relaxed cosmopolitan atmosphere, cafes, long protected sandy beach and huge selection of accommodation, it also makes an ideal stop for those exploring the surrounding region or travelling the length of the Great Ocean Road.

For those continuing on along the Great Ocean Road, it is considered by many that this section of the scenic drive between Lorne and Apollo Bay, is the best section, as you travel along the high cliffs above the ocean waves crashing into the rocks below. The opportunity to stop and enjoy the many scenic lookouts that take in views include Mount Defiance Lookout (just 10 km south of Lorne) and Cape Patton.

Check out our range of Lorne accommodation and Great Ocean Road accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Lorne Visitor Information Centre
15 Mountjoy Parade
Ph: 03 5289 1152
Ph: 1300 891 152
7 days 9 am - 5 pm
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre

Lorne Attractions

Teddy's Lookout
• Stunning vistas from the lookout platform high above the coast where the St George River empties into a small cove. Access off the Great Ocean Road at the end of George Street, then take a short walk through the bush from the car park.
Mount Defiance Lookout
• Just 10 km south of Lorne, you can get panoramic ocean views from Mount Defiance Lookout, with views toward Artillery Rocks. Care should be taken by pedestrians, especially of other vehicles as the parking areas can get congested during the summer and holiday periods.

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Lorne Events

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The Falls Music and Arts Festival • The Falls Festival
• Erskine Falls Rd, LORNE VIC
• 30 Dec - 1 Jan - held over three days
• The Falls Festival is one of Australia's greatest music festivals with live music and entertainment, camping, markets, arts and film. It is held on a beautiful farm nestled in the Otway rainforest above Lorne and Victoria's Great Ocean Road. The main arena is formed from a spectacular natural amphitheatre that is big enough to hold the whole crowd. It has a perfect gentle slope so you can relax up the back and still hear and see everything. A dense rainforest surrounds the venue and helps to create this incredible aural arena.

The festival is held simultaneously in two stunning coastal locations, Lorne in Victoria and Marion Bay in Tasmania.
GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub
• Lorne Surf Life Saving Club
• January
• This annual event has been going for more than 31 years and the the largest open water swim in the world. Organised and run by volunteers from the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club, the course is 1.2 km from the Lorne Pier to the foreshore in front of the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club house.
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Lorne Distance

Distance to Lorne
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Lorne:
• Aireys Inlet 19
• Apollo Bay 45
• Geelong 67
• Kennett River 22
• Melbourne 142
• Peterborough 153
• Port Campbell 133
• Torquay 47
• Warrnambool via Peterborough 206
• Wye River 17
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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