Lorne Accommodation and Travel Guide

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Our aim is to provide a comprehensive listing of accommodation, events and attractions in Lorne, so whenever anyone searches for Lorne Accommodation, or Lorne Information on the Internet, they actually get information on a broad range of Lorne accommodation properties, attractions, restaurants and events in Lorne
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General Information About Lorne

Lorne is often ( and appropriately) described as a historic seaside holiday village with a wonderful holiday feel to it, but its one drawback is, it's just a bit too far away from the major population centres. In recent times when the economy was a little more upbeat then everything in Lorne was fine but recently Lorne (like everywhere else) is feeling the pinch. Lorne's history dates back to the establishment of South Australia itself, and with over 80 buildings listed on the state historic buildings register (all carefully preserved) the town is a veritable treasure trove of fascinating places to explore. Lorne’s beaches are excellent and offer a variety of swimming and surfing conditions plus at present accommodation prices in Robe are quite competitive.

Lorne

Lorne is easily the most fashionable coastal destination on the west coast. A trendy shopping strip and patrolled main beach makes this a popular getaway destination. There's camping, backpackers, luxurious apartments & self contained cottages..

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Shopping

Lorne has a vibrant and diverse shopping centre and has developed a reputation as a shopping destination with some high quality boutique brands establishing shops in Lorne.

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Events

One of Lorne's best known events is its iconic Pier to Pub Swim which held the first week in January and attracts numerous high profile competitors including politicians, media personalities and sports men and women from all disciplines.

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Attractions in Lorne

The most popular activities in Lorne revolve around the beach and include swimming surfing and fishing, and the pier at Lorne is well known for catching barracuda, whiting, and trevally.
For scenery, Teddy's Lookout which is located at the end of George Street has good views over the town, coastline, and Great Ocean Road. Nearby, the Great Otway National Park and the Erskine River, which rises in the park and contains the Erskine Falls.
During the summer Lorne’s population swells to around 13,000 and the main event at this time is the Falls Festival which takes place on New Year's Eve. The population swells even further to about 20,000 during the first week of January when Lorne hosts the 1.2 km Pier to Pub swim (described in the Guinness Book of Records as "the largest organised ocean swim in the world" Entries are currently capped at 4,000 competitors. .

About Lorne

Lorne is one of the best known towns along the Great Ocean Road and probably the most popular. It is also one of the oldest tourist towns in Australia and it popularity dates back to Victorian times ( Queen Victoria) when it became fashionable for the rich to go on holidays to exotic or secluded location . Queen Victoria and Prince Albert would spent several months in the Scottish highlands at Balmoral and the landed gentry would holiday in places such as Brighton. In Australia place like Lorne became the Australian equivalent destination and over the years Lorne attracted a steady flow of Melbourne’s elite, however in the 1930’s the completion of the Great Ocean Road opened the doors to mass tourism.

Although tourism to Lorne has increased many fold since then, it has still managed to retain it title as an up market classification and if you read any review or published information about Lorne it will still refer to Lorne and a fashionable or exclusive destination

Lorne Culture and History

Lorne Lifestyle

Lorne is first and foremost a tourist destination and has been a popular getaway since the mid 1870's when the Mountjoy brothers ( who arrived from Cornwall, England) saw the the opportunity to establish a tourist business, and built a hotel (Erskine House)
In the early years, holidays in Lorne were the exclusive domain of the rich and famous ( Rudyard Kipling visited in 1891) and since then the town has retained some of its exclusivity. .

Accommodation

Accommodation in Lorne is predominantly apartment style accommodation, and includes two large Queensland style resorts, Cumberland Resort and Mantra, plus dozens of other smaller apartment/villa accommodation properties. There is also a number of motel style properties in the town who offer accommodation at more modest prices.
Prices in Lorne can be quite expensive during peak holiday season but during off peak time you can still find motels room for a bit over $100 per night for a double room

Sight Seeing

Lorne is surrounded by some of Victoria’s best coastal scenery the states best rain forrest so most sight seeing generally revolves around these natural features. There are a number of picturesque waterfalls close to Lorne including the very popular Erskine falls and Triplet Falls both of which are easily accessible and for the more energetic there are a 3 or 4 others which require a bit of bushwalking to get to. .

Lorne Nightlife

Lorne, like many other resort towns, has a high percentage of restaurants and cafe’s, however in Lorne’s case, its cafes’s and restaurants are just a bit more up market, and you can expect the quality to be on a par with either Melbourne or Sydney dining.
This is due in no small part to the expectations of the well heeled visitors who holiday in Lorne and although not many restaurants cater to five star diners, the presence of a few top quality restaurants seems to have a flow on effect which raises the bar throughout the town, even the quality of the food at the local bowls club and pubs in Lorne is well above average.

Restaurants in Lorne

The Dragon Inn

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Nona Casalinga

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Kermonds Hamburgers

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Lorne Pubs and Clubs

Caledonian Hotel

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The Royal Hotel

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The Gallery Nightclub

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Pinnacle Holiday Lodge Halls Gap

Mid Price

Pinnacle Holiday Lodge has Motel and Self-contained accommodation set on 4 acres of beautifully landscaped native gardens in the heart of Halls Gap. Self-contained and Motel styled spa units available with first class service and excellent facilties. Within 100 metres of the Stony Creek Shops, Cafes ,Bakery and Quarry Restuarant.

AVG/NIGHT$120 BOOK NOW

Comfort In Halls Gap Dunkeld Rd

Mid Price

Award winning 53 unit motel located close to the centre of Halls Gap.. Surrounded by gardens and natural bushland the Colonial offers guests uninterrupted views of the Grampians National Park. Guests are invited to dine in Darby's Licensed Restaurant which showcases fine local food and wines The Colonial also has a facilities for day and residential conferences.

AVG/NIGHT$110 WEB SITE

Grampians ChaletsWarrnambool

485 reviews

The Grampians Chalets are the perfect place to stay for that weekend away or family holiday amid the picturesque mountain ranges. Fully self contained with luxury appointments such as spa bath,microwave, dishwasher, TV, air-conditioning, all linen and a gas log fire. Special rates apply for 2 night and mid week stays. Standard cottages from $120 per couple per night plus $10 per extra person. Deluxe cottages from $175 per night.

AVG/NIGHT$150 WEB SITE

The Rocks Apartments Halls Gap

485 reviews

The Rocks Apartments offers a relaxed and friendly style of accommodation within walking distance of the centre of Halls Gap. A choice of one and two bedroom, open plan villas suitable for couples or families set in a neatly maintained garden setting. All villas are fully self contained with linen and towels provided.

AVG/NIGHT$150 WEB SITE

Ellimata Cottages Halls Gap

423 reviews

Ellimata, Country Lane Cottage and Lakuna Retreat have every possible convenience to make your holiday a memorable one. Cosy self contained 2 and 3 bedroom cottages with 2 master bedrooms ensuite and second bathroom (luxury spa in Country Lane Cottage and Lakuna Retreat.) The cottages can accommodate up to 8 persons comfortably in Ellimata and Lakuna Retreat and 6 persons in Country Lane Cottage.

AVG/NIGHT$150 WEB SITE
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Lorne Travel Options

Getting Here

Lorne has no local air or rail service and for public transport relies on a daily coach service out of Geelong which can be about a three hour journey due in part to the winding Ocean Road, therefore the vast majority of visitors coming to Lorne do so via their own vehicles

Tours

There are a number of tour and charter operators who come through Lorne but no tour or charters operators who run out of Lorne.

Public Transport

orne size and small local population makes a local bus service impractical especially when visitors and locals already have their own vehicle however there is a local taxi service which operates 7 days a week.