SIX WAYS TO LOVE LORNE LIKE A LOCALby KATIE & LEON
As local residents, we fall in love with Lorne every day, no matter what the season.
However, in summer, the days are long, the nights are balmy and the town vibe is even more relaxed.
If you’re looking for a slow-paced mix of beach, nature, food and culture, then Lorne is the perfect destination for your summer holiday.
Here are six reasons why we love Lorne in summer:
1. The early mornings are peaceful
We like to get up early and go to the main beach of Lorne to watch the sunrise over Loutitt Bay, make the first foot prints on the sand, or take a refreshing dip in the ocean. The air is crisp and the sound of the waves is soothing; setting you up for a great day ahead.
2. We embrace the soul food
At HAH Lornebeach, seasonal produce is our thing and there’s nothing better than sipping on a home-made delicious smoothie on the beachfront whilst you contemplate your day ahead. Try the dairy free Banana Cacao with 24-hour slow drip coffee and RAW protein smoothie, or a raw prebiotic greens drink. Make sure you try a bliss ball made from one of our secret recipes; all gluten free and vegan and giving you plenty of energy for the day.
3. You can be as one with the ocean
You don’t have to have any surf experience to get out in the water. Just grab a board, paddle out from the main beach and simply ‘be’ with the ocean. Absorb the calm waters and take in the views of the beautiful landscape where the bush meets the sea.
Tip: You can hire a surfboard or SUP board from HAH Lornebeach, 10 metres from the waters edge, or from Lorne Surf Shop on the Mountjoy Parade
4. Feel the cooling spray of a waterfall
Some visitors to Lorne don’t realise that the Otways is home to 10 amazing waterfalls, all of different widths, sizes and volume. You can easily walk to some of them, whereas others require a bit of a hike. In summer, these waterfalls still tend to have a healthy flow after the late autumn rains; blowing off a delightful, cooling water mist. Check out:
- Phantom Falls and the Canyon
- Cumberland Falls and the valley into it
- Henderson Falls
- Lower and Upper Kalimna
Tip: before embarking on your walk, call into the Lorne Visitor Information Centre to check the weather conditions and collect a map.
5. Retreat with art and history
Need to retreat from the heat? Pop into Qdos Arts; the epicenter of the vibrant arts centre in Lorne. The gallery/café/sculpture park set in the Australian bush (you might hear the cackle of a kookaburra!) is owned by local artist Graeme Wilkie.
6. Enjoy a sunset dinner
Wander along Mountjoy Parade to select somewhere for dinner. As Lorne is a foodie destination, you will be spoilt for choice, there’s almost too many to choose from! Order a cold beer or fun cocktail and reflect on your day as the sky illuminates over Loutitt Bay.
Finally, as you lay your head down to sleep for the night, take a moment to listen to the birds settling in for the night and the nocturnal animals emerging. You might hear the waves crashing and the trees rustling. Then, tomorrow, you can do it all again.
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Places to stay
My Lorne Cottage (Minapre)
This charming cottage and artist studio is located 5 mins drive from Lorne and the Great Ocean Road
It’s very light and airy overlooking bush with slight ocean views
The cottage has a downstairs Artists studio perfect space for writers illustrators ,composers or painters to enjoy a private retreat and have the freedom to create or just enjoy your favourite book !!
With 2 bedrooms and a generous living space large deck this cottage is a very comfortable and appealing holiday destination,
La Perouse Lorne
La Perouse is a small hotel by the sea located in Lorne, a popular destination on the Great Ocean Road, halfway between Melbourne and the Apostles.
Relax at Seadream Lorne and enjoy the breathtaking and stunning panoramic views from Louttit Bay to the Airey's Lighthouse.
Lorne Holiday Stays
Lorne Holiday Stays offer their guests stunning holiday homes and apartments in the Great Ocean Road's most popular tourist town of Lorne.
The only beachfront property in Lorne, Mantra Lorne is tastefully built around the oldest permanently operating guesthouse in Victoria.
Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park
The Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park is located along the scenic Great Ocean Road and is the perfect spot for your next holiday, weekend away or overnight camp.