Lorne is one of my favourite coastal towns along the Great Ocean Road, just 2.5 hours drive from Melbourne. Even if we’re in the middle of Autumn, it wont stop me a little weekend adventure by the seaside.
It was for some work and play, the play being that it was my birthday so it really couldn’t have come at a better time.
Don’t miss the chance to see this pretty little town if you’re ever visiting Melbourne!
We booked a room at Mantra Lorne which was situated right on the beach, merely a 2 minute walk from the water. The location of the hotel was just perfect – you really couldn’t beat it. I had paid extra for the “ocean view room” however upon arrival, I was slightly confused as there was no ocean view and instead tennis courts.
I went back to ask if they’d given us the right room, which to my surprise they did, and that it was actually classified as an ocean view room.
The lady at reception informed us that if you looked to the far left side of the balcony you would see a part of the ocean. I then asked if we could switch rooms to another ocean view, which she kindly let us, only to find out it was the same view of the tennis courts, so we moved back to our original room.
We felt a little deceived with the rooms but I will add that the staff were wonderful and very accommodating to the situation. They offered us a free buffet breakfast each (…food always wins me over) and a late checkout, so in the end we weren’t losing any money.
The room itself was light, simple and clean with enough space for 2 people. The hotel is in segregated buildings around the gardens with plenty of sports and activities on offer (tennis, giant chess fields, lawn bowls, mini golf and croquet to name a few). As you can imagine it’s a very family orientated hotel and I think the place would really come alive during summer.
Eat + drink
For dinner we headed to Lorne Beach Pavilion. I will admit the menu is a little pricey (although the cheese platter is just everything) but the location is so lovely. It’s located right on the foreshore where you can see and hear the waves come crashing in.
A perfect spot for sunset drinks if you ask me.
The Bottle of Milk is a MUST when you’re in Lorne. It’s a trendy cafe & burger joint (with organic buns and vegan options too!) that we just fell in love with. Think gourmet food with a real laid back vibe. The rosemary salted chips are beyond.
The Pier Seafood Restaurant is as you guessed, at Lorne pier, & it features ocean views, a beautiful terrace and the best iced chocolates ever. But of course don’t forget to go for a little stroll along the pier! If you get the chance, go at night when it all lights up. Too pretty.
See + do
No visit is complete without visiting the famous Erskine Falls. There’s plenty of treks and hikes around there too so you wont be short for adventure. It’s a 30m waterfall with two lookouts, an easy five minute walk from the car park. For the enthusiastic walkers, there’s a 7.5km River Track that leads from Lorne to the falls!
There’s also the option to explore Lorne by bike. Since the town has so many hidden spots that you’ll likely miss in a car, I think a bike is a really fun option.
Teddy’s lookout is a spot that not many people know of so it’s kind of like a little town treasure with the most incredible view.
Calling all wine lovers ( hi, hi ! ) – you must check out St Annie’s Vineyard for delicious wines and beautiful scenery. Because is there really a better way to spend a sunny afternoon? I think not.
For some relaxation, book a visit to Endota Spa. Along with remedial massages, manicures, pedicures, and body treatments, they also sell their own line of beautiful organic skincare (which I can personally attest to!)
It’s so nice to get away for a quick escape from reality, even if it’s just for the weekend. If you’re ever feeling stressed, lacking inspiration or want to travel & don’t have the funds, perhaps look into a staycation or booking somewhere not too far away.
It’s not a world away, but it can make a world of a difference.