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Travel Tips - Getting the Most Out of Your Lorne Vacation

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Often tagged "Victoria's Mediterranean," Lorne gazes out over Louttit Bay, on the Great Ocean Road that winds its way along the rugged southern coast. You’ll find white unspoiled beaches, pristine natural beauty in the Great Otway National Park, and a lively cultural scene that attracts visitors to major events every year.

Best time to travel

 

Lorne has a temperate oceanic climate, with average maximum temperatures ranging between 13 degrees C (55 F) in July and 23 degrees C (73 F) in February. July usually sees the most rainy days. Lorne has long been a family destination, and school vacations in December and January are peak months for visitors. You’ll probably find the water too cold for swimming outside the summer months, but the area’s scenic beauty and the town’s charm make a visit worthwhile all year round.

Not to miss

 

The biggest draw card along the Great Ocean Road is the “12 Apostles” - spectacular limestone stacks standing like statues in the sea just off the coastline. The drive from Lorne to see them will take about 2 hours. Picturesque Erskine Falls are just one excellent reason to visit lush Great Otway National Park. The regal Grand Pacific Hotel, built in 1875, is a local icon and a great spot for beach-view drinks. Lorne’s calendar is bursting with cultural and sports events, including Falls Music & Arts Festival in December, and August’s Lorne Arts Festival.

 

Getting around

 

Lorne is about 2 hours’ drive from Melbourne via Geelong and the Great Ocean Road. The closest international airport is Melbourne Tullamarine (MEL). Some domestic flights land at Avalon Airport (AVV), around 90 minutes’ drive. If you’re arriving by public transport, there’s a train/bus service, which departs from Southern Cross station in Melbourne. Geelong is the nearest city to Lorne, about an hour’s drive away. Several companies run bus tours to Lorne and the Great Ocean Road from both Melbourne and Geelong. Lorne itself is small and ideal for strolling.

 

Cuisine

 

Lorne Pier at the southern end of the beach, has long been a beloved fishing spot. Trevally, whiting, garfish, and pinkie snapper are the most frequent catches. It’s worth waiting for a table at Lorne Pier Seafood Restaurant for sweeping coastline views as well as luscious fresh fish. The town offers a mouthwatering array of excellent restaurants, with global cuisines ranging from Italian to Mexican and South Asian, and an emphasis on local, seasonal produce. You’ll also find plenty of laid-back cafés offering aromatic coffee and excellent deli-style meals. The Beach Pavilion is a breakfast favorite.

 

Customs and etiquette

 

Australians are renowned for their lack of formality and easy-going attitude, and social etiquette amounts to common good manners. Lorne is a family destination, and kids are welcomed almost everywhere. The dress code is normally smart and casual, and some restaurants may insist on proper footwear rather than flip-flops. Tipping for services is not mandatory in Australia, although rounding up the bill by 10 to 15 percent is customary in restaurants. Australia has extremely strict tobacco laws, and smoking is banned in restaurants, bars, and pubs, as well as most public places, including surrounding outdoor areas.

 

Fast facts

 

  • Population: 2000
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  • Spoken languages: English
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  • Electrical: 230 volts, 50 Hz, plug type I
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  • Phone calling code: +61 3
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  • Emergency number: 000; 112 on cell phone