Top ChoiceSpanish in Lorne

MoVida Lorne

One of Melbourne's hottest restaurants has gone for a sea change: setting up on the ground floor of the Lorne pub, MoVida has brought its authentic Spanish cuisine to the Great Ocean Road. The menu features a mix...

Top ChoiceGreek in Lorne


From the same family that ran Kosta – a much-loved Lorne restaurant – comes this smart taverna that occupies the same location where it all started in 1974. Run by sociable, young owner Dom, it has a menu...

Top ChoiceAustralian in Lorne

Lorne Beach Pavilion

Lorne Beach Pavilion

With its unbeatable foreshore location, here life is literally a beach, especially with a cold drink in hand. Cafe-style breakfasts and lunches hit the spot, while a more upmarket modern Australian menu of...

Top ChoiceGallery in Lorne

Qdos Art Gallery

Set amid the lush forest behind Lorne, Qdos always has something interesting showing at its contemporary gallery, to go with its open-air sculpture garden. There's also a lovely little cafe doing wood-fired...

Cafe in Lorne



This health-conscious cafe has a prime location on the foreshore and a menu loaded with superfoods, protein balls, salads, vegan and paleo dishes, and leafy smoothies. There are also gourmet toasties and...

Cafe in Lorne

Swing Bridge Cafe & Boathouse

This tiny cafe at the historic swing bridge (c 1934) has an appealing retro vibe. It's the place for single-origin coffee to go with a brioche filled with anything from pulled pork to beef brisket to jerk tofu...

Music in Lorne

Falls Festival

A four-day knees-up over New Year’s on a farm just out of town, this stellar music festival attracts a top line-up of international rock and indie groups. Past headliners include Iggy Pop, the Kings of Leon and...

Museum in Lorne

Great Ocean Road Story

Inside Lorne Visitor Centre, this permanent exhibition of multimedia displays, videos and books offers informative background to the Great Ocean Road's remarkable construction that took place from 1919–32.

Pub in Lorne

Lorne Hotel

Since opening its doors in 1876, this pub has been Lorne's best spot for a beer. Its AstroTurf rooftop deck, overlooking the main street and ocean, is the place to be come summer, with regular bands and DJs....

Parrilla in Lorne


Bottling the success of its wildly popular beachfront Argentine barbecues, the team from Swing Bridge is taking things indoors with a vibrant new Latin American restaurant. Here it's all about Argentine-grilled...

Mexican in Lorne

Mexican Republic

This cosy taqueria does authentic soft corn-tortilla tacos, pulled-pork quesadillas and vegan burritos with smoky chipotle mayo. All go beautifully with the range of Mexican beers and 100% agave tequilas.

Waterfall in Lorne

Erskine Falls

Head 11km out of town to see this lovely 30m waterfall. It’s an easy walk from the Erskine Falls car park to the viewing platform (15 minutes return) or 300, often slippery, steps down to its base (30 minutes...

Burgers in Lorne

Bottle of Milk

Bottle of Milk

With a menu of 20-plus inventive burgers, all stacked with fresh ingredients, it's hard to go wrong at this popular hang-out on the main strip. As well as milkshakes, there are beers, wine and ciders on tap. It...

Pizza in Lorne

Pizza Pizza

Set up in a weatherboard cottage, this is easily Lorne's best spot for authentic thin-crust pizza.

Cafe in Lorne

Kafe Kaos

Kafe Kaos

Bright and perky, Kaos typifies Lorne’s relaxed foodie philosophy – barefoot patrons in boardies or bikinis tuck into first-class sandwiches, wraps, burgers and salads, all-day breakfasts and the bar.

Sports in Lorne

Pier to Pub Swim

This popular event inspires up to 4500 swimmers to splash 1.2km across Loutit Bay to the Lorne Hotel. It’s a photo opportunity for local politicians and celebrities.

Books in Lorne

Lorne Beach Books

Lorne Beach Books

A top bookstore that stocks an interesting and varied collection of new-release fiction. Also good for kids' books.