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.
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