If you happened to be in Melbourne, it would be a good chance for you to visit the picturesque seaside towns of Lorne and Anglesea. These beautiful resort towns are accessible through the Great Ocean Road and included on our great ocean road tour.
A seaside town of over a thousand people on Louttit Bay, Lorne is located near Erskine River. This resort town has always been a popular tourist destination on the Great Ocean Road route along with Anglesea.
Lorne used to be the home of Gadubanud or King Parrot people before the Europeans settled in the mid-1850s. Rudyard Kipling visited Lorne in 1891. The town inspired him to write the poem titled Flowers with the following lines:
Buy my hot-wood clematis,
Buy a frond of fern,
Gathered where the Erskine leaps
Down the road to Lorne.
The town has only two pubs in the Grand Pacific Hotel and Lorne Hotel but there are cafes, restaurants, bakeries, and a supermarket mostly located along Mountjoy Parade.
Lorne is a tourist’s paradise where you can swim and surf in its beaches or walk along Erskine River from its mouth at Lorne to the Erskine Falls. From the town, you can explore the riches of the Otways nearby.
During the Falls Festival on New Year’s Eve to the first weekend of January, Lorne’s population would swell to 20,000. The town hosts a 1.2-kilometer Pier to Pub swimming competition. They also host an 8-kilometer mountain to surf run.
Things you can do at Lorne:
- You can enjoy the town’s surf beaches and cool off in the waters of Louttit Bay. You can also stroll down Shelley beach and explore the rock pools.
- Adventure to the waterfalls, ancient trees, and giant ferns of the Otways. You can also explore the majestic Erskine Falls nearby.
- Go on a Surf Coast Walk down Bells Beach and the Bass Strait or join the Great Ocean Road Marathon in May.
- Cast a line and fish at the Lorne Pier. Between the months of May and September, you can have the chance to spot some migrating whales in the ocean.
- Explore the town’s main shopping strip replete with boutiques, gift shops, cellars, restaurants, and galleries.
- Have a relaxing coffee or tea at a sidewalk cafe or choose a spot to picnic on the foreshore under the trees. Better yet dine in a local restaurant and try their fresh seafood.
- Enjoy Lorne’s arts and cultural performances. There’s Lorne Festival of the Performing Arts, Falls Music & Arts Festival, and Lorne Sculpture Biennale in March.
Breathe the fresh ocean breeze. Relax and enjoy Lorne’s Mediterranean atmosphere.
Home to over two thousand residents and eastern grey kangaroos, Anglesea is a pretty seaside town on the Great Ocean Road. Used to be known as Swampy Creek the quaint seaside town was renamed Anglesea in 1950.
Just like Lorne, Anglesea is a popular destination for tourist and holidaymakers on the Great Ocean Road route during the summer months. The town is known for its riverbank markets on Anglesea’s main street, the Great Ocean Road.
Here are the things you can do in the paradise town of Anglesea:
- Bask in the sun and cool off at the meeting point of fresh water and seawater at the main beach. You can also kayak and paddle in the nearby Point Roadknight beach or canoe around the channels.
- Play golf alongside kangaroos at Anglesea Golf Club. It is going to be a great and memorable experience.
- Take a 44-kilometer Surf Coast Walk or if you can make it to 100 kilometers would be a great challenge.
- Explore Anglesea Heath or spot some wild animals such as kangaroos and wallabies. You can also enjoy the colorful spring wildflowers. Angair Wildflower Festival happens in September.
- Ride your mountain bike and explore the Anglesea Bike Park. You can also discover the Otways on bike tracks around Eumeralla.
- Enjoy the Sunday morning market at the riverbank, or you could stroll down the boardwalk and choose a picnic spot.
- Visit art workshops and galleries at Anglesea Art Walk, the heart of Anglesea’s art community.
Celebrate life by the water at Anglesea. Explore this heavenly paradise on earth home to white beaches, towering cliffs, lively wildlife, lush flora, and rivers teeming with life.