Lorne’s Natural Beauty
Filled every which way with natural beauty Lorne is the perfect place to fall in love with the great outdoors all year-round. With 10 waterfalls within 10km of Lorne, and over 60km of marked tracks, there is plentiful time to indulge in the quiet that comes with the soft pitter-patter of flowing water.
Lorne walks cover a great variety of distances and environments. With over 30 bush and costal walks within the Otway’s region, each member of the family can put their best foot forward. Although some walks are only short, in ten minutes or thereabouts, they can take you to an awe-inspiring lookout, wonder filled waterfall or even a remarkable forest. From Lorne you can easily explore the Great Otway National Park and view the coastline from varies vantage points. Oh, and don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for Lorne’s illusive wildlife, blink, and they’ll be gone.
With over 30 bush and coastal walks within the Otway’s region, Lorne walks cover a diverse variety of distances and environments. Let the lights on the pier guide you back again after a long day immersed in the calm of Lorne’s lush and untouched forest setting.
Immerse yourself in some of Lorne’s rich history, perusing along gravel paths and boardwalks past a number of plaques commemorating the seven famous shipwrecks of Louttit Bay.
Beginning at the Lorne Visitor Information Centre, the Foreshore walk is 1.5km (one way) and stroller friendly. A Shipwreck Plaque Walk Map is available at visitor centre.
A short drive to the top end of George Street, a brand new walkway leads you into the arms of breath taking, sweeping, coastal views of the surf breaking into the mouth of Saint George river. An easy 100m walk Teddy’s lookout is a truly worthwhile spot for one – of — a – kind viewing. (Image: Leon Walker).
The Queens Park lookout loop takes you through the bush of Queens Park via three lookouts with stunning panoramic views along the coast of the Otways ranges. A moderate 1.6km loop, the entire family can embrace the lush forest backdrop.
Take a moment away from the hustle and bustle and revel in rocky pools and opulent, shady fern gullies. The St Georges River track follows two river crossings, displaying fairy garden-esc views of towering eucalyptus. A moderate 2.7km one way walk beginning at the St George River and finishing at the Allenvale Mill Car Park, taking roughly 1 hour.
Running uphill on the Eastern side of the St George River, The Tramway Track stands before glistening river flats and ocean vistas. This clearly marked interpretive trail mostly follows the route of the tramway used by teams of horses to haul timber from the St George River area to Lorne pier until the 1930s. You’ll discover informative signage telling the history of the tramway and the local timber industry. This track is a moderate 1.5km from Point Grey Car Park to St George River on the Great Ocean Road.
This track runs uphill on the eastern side of the St George River where there are views over the river and the grassy river flats. A steep climb with great views across the valley follows. The track divides and continues along the right hand fork, around the hill coming out on the Allenvale Road a few minutes south of Qdos Gallery. A moderate 2.4km one way trip, this walk usually takes upwards of an hour.
A great walk for children and parents with prams, the Stony Creek walk will lead you to a pretty picnic area in glossy eucalypt woodland. Be awed as the walk ends dramatically at the base of a lengthy cascade.
Starting at one of Lorne’s most memorable destinations, The Swing Bridge, walk this easy track on gravel paths and boardwalks along the the Lorne Foreshore. Continue along the Doug Stirling Walk just passed the Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club and amble toward the Lorne Pier. This is an easy- stroller friendly walk with a distance of 1.5km one way.
A twenty minute return walk, this circuit amble is easy and stroller friendly. From the Lorne Visitor Information Centre walk through Top Bank Caravan Park to the beautiful swing bridge. Finish the stroll with some scrumptious treats at the quaint and beautiful Swing Bridge Cafe and Boathouse.
A 2 hour walk beginning at Lorne Visitor Information Centre and finishing at the Lorne Historical Society. Discover some of the Indigenous and European history of Lorne including tales of shipwrecks, historical buildings and local stories.
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