Lorne – Australia

When you think of the Great Ocean Road, on Victoria’s south West Coast, many will think of the Twelve Apostles, Apollo Bay and occasionally Lorne.

In recent years, with the growth of outdoor music festivals, it seems the lovely coastal town is more synonymous with the Falls Festival, a new years eve three day event, than it is with the beautiful family area it boasts.

About two hours drive from the heart of Melbourne, and another hour trip to some of the greatest landmarks on the Great Ocean Road, Lorne really sits in a mini paradise.

What people often forget is that Lorne also has some of its own amazing little hot spots.

One of these is the Erskine Waterfalls, a short drive from the main street.

The Falls is situated in the middle of a undulating mountain, and nestled within some amazing dense, thick green bush land.

There are many bushwalking tracks in all directions, ad some great camping spots right in the fringe of the water.

And, if its not enough to win you over, then head to the beach, where some of Victoria’s best surf is on offer, as too is the quality of the beach itself.

Crystal clear water, under populated sands, and some great backdrops make it a place to envy.

Lorne also boasts one of the worlds most prestigious open water swim: The 1.2k Pier to Pub swim, held annually on the Lorne foreshore.

The event draws a crown of up to 20,000 people who end up at the pub once the race is finished.

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