The iconic Great Ocean Road on Victoria’s southwest coast has long been a top destination for families. With its abundance of natural wonders, interesting history and fun activities aplenty, there is no shortage of options to keep the little ones entertained. Here are five of the best family-friendly activities that make the seaside town of Lorne a top choice for both kids and adults alike.
Words and images: Rachel Bale of The Department of Wandering
Photo courtesy of James Jardine via Flickr
Lorne’s patrolled main beach stretches for 1.2km along the foreshore and is the town’s prime attraction. Cool off in the water in the summer or head to nearby Shelley Beach to explore the rock pools in the colder weather.
Be sure to wander down the pier to see what the fishermen are catching or cast a line yourselves if you’ve got a budding angler in the family. If you’re in town between May and September, keep an eye out for migrating whales too as Lorne is one of the best spots for sightings!
On the outskirts of Lorne you’ll find Teddy’s Lookout, which boasts some of the best views you’ll find of the Great Ocean Road. After driving up to the carpark, a small walkway takes you through the bush to a viewing platform, which offers panoramic views of the coastline and the lush valleys below.
Photo courtesy of Paul Carmona via Flickr
Kids love learning about the colourful history of new places and they’ll no doubt be fascinated by the history of the Great Ocean Road. A popular stop for visitors is the Memorial Arch at Eastern View, which stands as a tribute to the WWI returned servicemen who built the original road.
Memorial Arch is possibly one of the most photographed spots on this 243km stretch of road and makes for a great excursion to give kids an insight into the region’s history.
Head inland and you’ll find yourself in some of Australia’s most beautiful rainforest in The Great Otway National Park. An impressive ten different waterfalls are easily accessible from Lorne including Erskine Falls, which plunges 30m into the fern-lined gully of the Erskine River below.
This is a great area to explore with kids of all ages. The upper lookout is only a five-minute walk from the car park and is suited to younger children, while the walk to the lower falls descends some 240 steps and is more suited to older, more adventurous kids.
Lorne offers many family-friendly facilities scattered along the foreshore – guaranteed to keep everyone happy for hours on end! Let the kids loose on the playground, trampolines, mini-golf course and skate park while mum and dad kick back and relax at the picnic tables.
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