The Town of Lorne on the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is the single-most popular road trip in all of Australia. And there’s a big reason why. It’s one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, with local wildlife visible from carparks, and incredible photo opportunities around every corner. The Great Ocean Road is 243 kilometres that hugs the coastline the entire route. Along this road are some of the most photographed landmarks in the world. The most popular being the Twelve Apostles. Other landmarks include Loch Ard Gorge and the London Arch. But landmarks aren’t the only reason to visit the Great Ocean Road. Little towns that dot the coast are just as worthy as the big name tourist attractions.

Town of Lorne

The History of the Great Ocean Road

Before the Road

When the region was first dotted with beach towns, the Great Ocean Road was only a dream. With thick bushland and sharp rocks boarding on the towns. Due to the rough terrain, making your way to and from the beach towns was an ordeal, taking days to weeks to venture through. With some sections don’t even fit carriages and machines. Boats entering into the shallow shores was the main mode of delivering goods and cargo. With a lot of visitors swapping in the shipping route in for the rough land journey.

The Reason for the Great Ocean Road

The first thoughts of the Great Ocean Road came near the end of World War I. It had two reasons for its proposal. The first was the application that funds were to be provided to re-employ many of the returning soldiers. The second was the need for the road itself, with the mayor of Geelong, a nearby town, named Alderman Howard Hitchcock, suggested a new road into the coastal region would promote tourism and transport. Therefore, these two plans came together, with the entire work crew predominately made up from the soldiers of World War I to create this everlasting Great Ocean Road.

The Great Ocean Road’s Construction

The Great Ocean Road is a smooth, concrete path, that weaves along the rocky cliff for a picturesque and laidback journey. But constructing this path was far from easy! With the hard cliffs and rocky terrain, creating a backbreaking task for the workers. Using only picks and the occasional machinery to chip the stone away. Out of the 3000 men who were working on the road’s development, 2300 of them returning soldiers. Due to this, the soldiers honoured their fallen mates who sacrificed themselves overseas, building the road in their memory. It took 14 years for the Great Ocean Road to be built, beginning in the year 1918 and officially opening to visitors on the 26th of November in 1932.

The Town of Lorne

Located in the centre region of the Great Ocean Road, Lorne is a tourist favourite when visiting. The town of Lorne is one of those little places that should definitely be on your itinerary. Lorne is one of the first towns on the Great Ocean Road. Lorne is a popular destination for surfing, and when the population balloons in the summer season, it becomes a weekend getaway for the city dwellers in Melbourne. Popular activities include pier fishing, swimming, surfing, and camping.

The Events Held at Lorne

Events are held throughout the summer many being running races. The biggest of them all, the Great Ocean Road Marathon starts from Lorne and finishes 44 kilometres away in Apollo Bay. Other events during the new year include a favourite pastime, New Year’s Eve in Lorne. The population grows to almost 15,000 people (usually less than 1,000 people live in Lorne during the year) celebrating the new year at the Falls Festival. During that week, the Pier to Pub swim brings even more people to the town to watch as many as 4,000 people take a swim in the ocean and end in a pub! The swim is so popular it has the record in the Guinness Book of World Records.

It’s Good During Every Season

Lorne isn’t just a summer holiday location. There are plenty of things to do in town, rain or shine. The Lorne Arts Festival is held in June and brings big names in the art and film world to celebrate the industry. In winter, the beach town can be a cosy retreat, with fireplaces in every hotel, and the quiet serene of wildlife along the beaches and rainforests.

Lorne is a Wildlife Hub

Lorne is also a great point to see local wildlife. Being close proximately to the Great Otway National Park. ‘The Otway’s,’ as locals call it, is a lovely national park that provides both tourists and locals with a great introduction to the surrounding flora and fauna and is one of the best places to bird watch in the country. There are cascading waterfalls, plenty of walking tracks, and countless lookout points. Strain your eyes in your search for the local animals, with koalas snoozing in the branches, and kangaroos nibbling on the grass. Regardless of what path you take, the Otway’s is guaranteed to offer you a fantastic sight of wildlife, turning your trip into an unforgettable journey.

What you can do at Lorne

Dine for Dinner

There is a lot of fantastic food around Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, but Lorne offers some of the best! From a perfect morning beach café, that offers fresh juice, epic sea views, and delicious eggs and pancakes. To perfect summer dining, with rooftop tables, and delicious locally sourced meals that pair well with the salty air.

Enjoy the Sea Baths

The Lorne Sea Baths are nestled right along the beachfront, offering thrills and relaxation, depending on your choice. Let the kids off the leash and let them tire themselves out on the in-ground trampolines, mini golf, and bumper boats. All the while you enjoy the health and fitness facilities, with salt therapy rooms, hydropaths, and more!

Learn to Surf

Instead of simply walking along the beachfront, or sunbaking the day away, actually, plunge into the deep blue waves and have the time of your life. This beach is perfect for any traveller, typically with weaker currents and perfect waves for beginners. Take a lesson that’s offered here or even ask the local surfers who hang out here every morning.

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