DREAMY BEACH VIBES:
Of course the beach is a must in Lorne, whether it's surfing, rock rambling, beach walks, swimming or fishing, there's something for everyone. The beach in front of the surf club will be patrolled by life savers throughout the Summer, to ensure everyone remains safe. There are also many quiet nooks along our gorgeous coastline where you can sneak away from the crowds and enjoy some peach and tranquility.
HAH cafe located on the main beach hires surfboards, boogie boards and paddle boards, which you can enjoy for the day. Do yourself a favour and enjoy one of their healthy smoothies and toasties to refuel afterwards.
If you like adrenaline fuelled fun, then we highly recommend you visit Live Wire Park. It is located only 1kms from the main street of Lorne, in a stunning bush setting amongst the Blue Gums.
Live Wire Park features a canopy circuit walk, 2 large rope courses and has Australia’s most extreme zip line. There are rope circuits to suit all ages and abilities, so there really is something for everyone!
Live Wire also features 5 trampoline zones, which are suspended 4 metres off the ground. How fun does that sound!
If heights aren’t your thing, then Lorne Point, Main beach, Cathedral Rock and Fairhaven are some great spots to surf.
If you’re not an experienced surfer, then why not book ahead and arrange a surf lesson with “Go ride a wave”. Or otherwise, you can hire a surfboard or paddle board from HAH (Health and Hire café) located right on the main beach. Do yourself a favour and order one of HAH’s healthy smoothies and a toasties to re-fuel afterwards!
Lorne Theatre has re-opened under new management by the talented Golden Age team. They are passionate about building Community and connection, through the love of film and culture.
They will showcase classic movies, art house and cult favourites, as well as new releases and special events.
So make sure you check out what they are showcasing while your in Lorne and enjoy a cinema experience at this cultural icon.
Bush walking is a favourite past time for many people visiting Lorne. There are over 30 coastal and bush walks within the Otway region, so we recommend you visit the Lorne Info Centre to grab some trail maps before you head out to explore.
If you don’t feel like travelling too far, then there is plenty to explore within 10kms of Lorne. Here are some of our favourites:
Upper and Lower Kalimna Falls
Need some relaxation after a busy lead up to Christmas?
Book yourself in to Endota spa or Saltair and enjoy an organic facials or signature massages and feel the stress simply melt away.
Coastal Massage Therapies is a wonderful option for people needing relief from pain and stress. Brie specialises in treatments to heal your mind and body, using Holistic Massage therapies.
Qdos Fine Arts is located only 1.3kms from Lorne’s main street. As soon as you arrive you will see sculptures on display. Spend some time walking around admiring the sculptures, before heading indoors to the Curated Art gallery. The art on display is a tight collection of fine artists. Qdos hosts 10 solo exhibitions each year, so there is always something new on display each time you visit.
Make sure you take your time and enjoy a glass of wine or coffee, delicious seasonal shared plates and treats on offer at their café there as well.
In the Skies Art and Gallery is located on the main street in Lorne. It is owned and operated by a lovely local family, who are passionate about Art, Music and Community.
Inside the gallery you will see beautiful paintings for sale, as well as records, ceramics and art supplies. In the skies regularly host events that bring the community together for opening exhibitions of artists and music.
In the skies have also created a funky little Back gallery and bar called The Painters Arms, which is a hidden gem down the laneway, beside the gallery. It is open Friday - Sunday 2pm – 11pm and Monday 4pm - 11pm. With its Fitzroy vibes, is quickly becoming a favourite hangout for locals and visitors alike. If your feeling hungry, Pizza Pizza will deliver straight to your table.
WINE & DINE:
Here are a few of our favourites…
Lorne has been lucky enough to have the famous Sydney restaurant, “Totti’s” open up at the Lorne Hotel.
Totti’s is a casual Italian eatery that will delight your taste buds!
The décor is very 70’s inspired, giving it a super cool vibe. The menu is made for sharing, so it’s the perfect place to enjoy delicious food with your family and friends. Lorne is the only “Totti’s” to have a bar, making it the ideal place to sit and relax before or after your meal.
Ipsos is a Lorne Institution; it has been a favourite place to wine and dine since it opened in 2015.
It is known for its authentic, seasonal and fresh Greek food, fun atmosphere and excellent service.
I highly recommend their signature slow cooked lamb, which is designed to be shared with others.
Make sure you book ahead to secure a spot!
Little Picket @ the Bowling Club
The chef behind Little Picket is Jo Barrett. The chef grows a lot of the produce used in the menu, at a nearby farm and also sources veggies at the local Community Garden.
The menu is seasonal, fresh, creative yet comforting. Its open for Dinner Friday & Saturday, plus lunch on Sundays.
Raas Leela Lorne
Raas Leela describe their food as “A Modern Expression of Authentic Indian Cuisine”.
If you love Indian food, then Raas Leela will not disappoint. Their dishes are mouthwatering and flavoursome. Plus, the bar has a great selection of wines and cocktails.
If eating in is more your style, then they have a great take away menu as well.
Everyone loves Pizza Pizza!
The vibe is great, and the pizzas are delicious!
You can choose to eat in their cosy shop front, or sat the tables on the street, otherwise take away is a great option too.
And... last but not least!
There are a couple of amazing options for the kids these school holidays at the Stribling Reserve.
We hope we have given you some ideas for your holiday in Lorne Summer!