This stretch of the Victorian coast is also called The Shipwreck Coast, with reputedly up to 700 ships at rest offshore. Lorne itself has a shipwreck plaque walk along the foreshore, giving the history of local disasters and near-misses dating from 1854. The Lorne Surf Life Saving Club patrols the southern end of popular Lorne Beach, which runs south from the Erskine River for 1.2 km (740 feet). Although a fairly safe beach, especially in summer, care must be taken when the waves are high as the undertow can be dangerous. The beach has parking for 250 cars, a lookout, shade trees and shelters, barbecue and play areas, and a cycle track. The Lorne Beach Pavilion has a swimming pool and skate park as well. A camping ground and caravan park are also near the beach. Parking is available at the junction of Bay St, Mountjoy Parade and the Great Ocean Road or along the Great Ocean Road itself. Other entrances to the beach are via Grove Street or William Street. The Mantra Lorne resort, with 12 acres of gardens and a range of rooms and apartments, is directly on the beach. Amenities: food and drink, lifeguards, parking (free), showers, restrooms. Best for: surfing, swimming, walking.
Great Ocean Rd. at Bay St., Lorne, Victoria, 3232, Australia