Lorne is the first town encountered, when traveling west on the Great Ocean Road. Lorne a really nice coastal town on that has a lot going for it. Heritage care is very apparent at Lorne.

Lorne is situated on a bay named after Captain Louttit, who sought shelter there in 1841 while supervising the retrieval of cargo from a nearby shipwreck. The coast was surveyed five years later in 1846. The first European settler was William Lindsay, a timber-cutter who began felling the area in 1849. Subdivision began in 1869 and in 1871 the town was named after the Marquess of Lorne from Scotland. The Post Office opened on 29 April 1874.

In 1891, the area was visited by Rudyard Kipling who was inspired to write the poem Flowers, which included the line:

Buy my hot-wood clematis,

Buy a frond of fern,

Gathered where the Erskine leaps

Down the road to Lorne.

By 1922 the Great Ocean Road was extended to Lorne, making the town much more accessible.

The two Hotels in Lorne are 100 year resort classics. Oh, to have been a part of that era!!!!

The United Church has heritage recognition.

The Anglican equally as old but undated. The Catholic Church is modern.

The Lorne War Memorial is in the centre of the business strip.

Lorne is the sort of happening town that an overnight stopover would make sense.

Heritage diary




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course