Where to eat, drink, stay, and explore in Lorne – Forte Travel Guide

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Where to eat, drink, stay, and explore in Lorne – Forte Travel Guide

Image via We Love Lorne Facebook page
Words by Ashlee Simpson

For the ultimate bush to coast holiday experience, Lorne is a staple for a Great Ocean Road trip.

Sunny summer days call for dripping ice-creams, bags with practically an entire sandpit swimming at the bottom of it, tents lining the beachfront, and holiday-makers soaking up some pure vitamin D. 

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The Forte travel guide invites you to Lorne. Indulge in a serene escape filled with crystally sandy beaches, exquisitely gushing waterfalls, and enough food and drink options to have you rolling onto your next travel destination. 

HAH Lornebeach cafe

Start your day off right at the HAH Lornebeach cafe with one of the best coffees in town, before picking up your hire bodyboard to test the waters with. Boasting an abundance of healthy, local, and vegan menu options such as gourmet jaffles, acai bowls, and super smoothies; and amazing tea and coffee options, the cafe is the perfect way to begin your trip to Lorne. After brunch, stay in the cafe to rent your very own surfboard, standup paddleboard, or bodyboard and wetsuit for the day to take out to the iconic beach. 

Lorne surf beach

The surf beach is the obvious go-to option for your Lorne trip, because why would you go to a coastal town without soaking up the sun, surf, and sand?! As well as being your regular beach, the nearby pier is great for fishing. Keep your eye out to sea between May and September, because Lorne is one of the best spots along the Great Ocean Road to catch a glimpse of migrating whales. 

Waterfalls and bushwalking 

Continue the adventurous, nature-orientated morning by exploring one of the many waterfalls and bushwalking options of in-land Lorne. From the gorgeous, Instagramabble Erskine Falls, to the Phantom Falls and camping spots along the way, be sure to check out the waterfall and bushwalking guide for your next adventure. 


The Bottle of Milk cafe

Back into the township for lunch, The Bottle of Milk cafe is serving up the best milkshakes and gourmet burgers in Lorne. With locally sourced ingredients, the vast menu has everyone covered; with a breakfast menu, breakfast burgers, twelve beef burger options, five vegetarian burgers, and four chicken burgers, The Bottle of Milk cafe is a go-to for a mouthwatering feed. 

Lorne Theatre 

Be sure to stop off at the Lorne Theatre, set in a historic building from 1937. Showing the hottest films from the box office, the theatre calls for rainy movie days with an unnecessarily large box of popcorn and a drink to slurp your way through the movie with. 

Endota Day Spa

The Endota Day Spa allows visitors to unwind with a collection of facials, massages, and body treatments that will indulge all of your senses. Located within the Mantra hotel precinct, the spa is one of Australia’s leading coastal day spas, promising to leave you feeling entirely relaxed and rejuvenated.

Ipsos Restaurant & Bar

Dinner at the Ipsos Restaurant & Bar is set to impress with their refined yet authentic take on traditional Greek food. Driven by seasonal and local produce, the menu changes by season, with each meal injected with pure Greek tastes. Be sure to check out their current menu and book your table for your summer treat here

Lorne Hotel 

The Lorne Hotel is well-known for being the Great Ocean Road’s premier dining, live music event, and accommodation destination. Situated prominently in the main street of Lorne, the bistro, beer garden, kid’s area, accommodation, gaming and TAB, bottleshop, and other restaurants such as Vida Lorne and Coda Lorne. 

Lorne Beachfront Accommodation 

Choose from four hotels and motels with the Lorne Beachfront Accommodation and spend the night in the heart of Lorne, listening to the sound of distant, crashing waves. From the most basic rooms at the Sandridge Motel for the easy-going holidayer, to the more luxurious stay at Penthouse 303, the Lorne Beachfront Accommodation has a huge variety of rooms available for your stay. 

Summer is well and truly here, so be sure to book your holiday at Lorne quick smart.