Lorne is a breathtaking seaside town where the bush meets the beach. It is situated in the Ottway Ranges on the Great Ocean Road. It is a stunning place to visit with its winding coast line, and mountain ranges. All of the roads in the township of Lorne are very steep, and offers some of the state’s toughest climbs
Cycling Lorne is a must do and has arguably the most challenging climbs in all of Victoria. It is a playground for those that love extreme climbing. The majority of backstreets all have gradients which peak at 20%. And home to arguably Victoria’s hardest climb Francis Street. Visit Lorne to test yourself against some of the states toughest backstreet climbs:
|Link to climb write-up||Distance||Gradient %||Category|
|Great Ocean Road review|
|Francis Street||300 metres||21.6||3|
|Albert & Wallace Street||600 metres||17.3||4|
|Beal & John Street||500 metres||17||4|
|Falls Road||1.3 km||10||4|
|Erskine Falls Road||9.1 km||5||2|
Whether you’re staying overnight or just passing through. Take time out to wander down Lorne’s main shopping strip filled with boutique gift stores. Cellars, eateries and galleries. Relax with a latte at a sidewalk cafe. Picnic under the trees on the foreshore. Or dine on freshly caught seafood at a local restaurant.
Make sure that you visit the Lorne surf beach, the only patrolled beach in town. Cool off in the sparkling waters of Loutit Bay or take a stroll up to Shelley Beach to explore the rock pools. The nearby Great Otway National Park is a nature lover’s playground with misty waterfalls, giant ferns and ancient forest. Discover the Erskine Falls cascading into a beautiful fern gully, one of ten waterfalls within ten minutes of town.
At sea. For those keen on a bit of fishing during their holidays, the Lorne Pier is a great place to cast a line for trevally, barracuda and whiting. Keep an eye out for migrating whales between May and September. Lorne is one of the best spots along the Great Ocean Road to see these giants of the deep as they make their journey along the coast.