Named after the Marquis of Lorne (a town in Argyllshire, Scotland), Lorne is the perfect place to stop along the Great Ocean Road. Where the ocean meets the rainforest, Lorne is a unique and diverse environment with several scenic walks, drives and lookouts. The sheltered two-kilometre beach at Lorne is safer than most on the coast and is bordered by lawns, gum trees and picnic and barbecue facilities.
Dubbed by the locals as the perfect place to de-stress and leave the city behind, Lorne has been attracting eager holidaymakers for more than a century. Located at the end of George Street, Teddy’s Lookout captures the true beauty of Great Ocean Road and offers some of the most breathtaking views.
Aboriginal Traditional Owners
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria – including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee manages 8km of Lorne coastal reserves that extends from North Lorne to Queens Park and includes Cumberland River.
Environmental volunteer groups in the region
LorneCare was formed in 2000 to carry out the community actions outlined in the Catchment Management Plan for Erskine River and Stony Creek. The group has regular working bees and often helps the Friends of Queens Park, Lorne group with annual clean ups.
LorneCare works along the foreshore from North Lorne to the St George River and Queens Park. The team of dedicated volunteers also conduct an annual Lorne foreshore clean up on New Year’s Day.
LorneCare was responsible for unveiling Lorne’s hidden gem at Stony Creek, removing the overgrown blackberries and other weeds to create a popular wedding location. The group attracts a good mix of permanent residents and weekend homeowners and emphases the social element of volunteering.
Working bees | Third Sunday of each month at 10:00am followed by a BBQ.
Location | listed in the Lorne Independent and on the post office community notice board.
Contact | Alain Purnell on 0417 031 905
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The Friends of Queens Park began after a group of ladies began lobbying the State Government for stronger protection of the Queens Park reserve in Lorne. The ladies successfully helped protect the land for conservation purposes and are part of the reason the Lorne community has retained the woodland forest with breath-taking lookouts.
The group’s primary focus is on the conservation of the park, however they are working towards engaging more visitors, particularly international travelers and providing an enjoyable, fun and educational experience.
Friends of Queens Park Lorne works collaboratively with the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee in the management and conservation of Queens Park which consists of more than 55 hectares. The area includes the iconic Teddy’s Lookout which provides spectacular panoramic views of the coast and overlooks the St George Inlet.
Meetings | Third Sunday in August, September and October from 10:00am, and other times as required.
Contact | Gary White by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Auspiced by Friends of Eastern Otways
Friends of Moggs Creek is a small team of locals who work in partnership with the Surf Coast Shire to help eradicate weeds in the Moggs Creek area and replant indigenous species. The group is supported by ANGAIR and aims to restore the environment around Moggs Creek to its original condition.
Meetings | As required
Contact | John Dangerfield on 5289 6644.