Top 10 things to do at Lorne on the Great Ocean Road
How many times has Monday rolled around and you’ve woken up feeling like it should be Sunday? Most of us don’t have the luxury of taking every Monday off, but every once in a while it’s worth rewarding yourself for all of your hard work.
There is a way to beat those start-of-week blues, and that's to turn your weekend into a three day extravaganza by taking a weekend escape to the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.
There's no time like the present, so pack the car (or hire one), make sure you've got all the kids in tow (or book that baby sitter!) and head away for a weekend you won't forget.
Everyone knows that part of a great holiday is staying somewhere new, somewhere a little special, and Mantra Lorne is just that kind of place for holidaymakers heading to the Great Ocean Road.
Surrounded by one of the oldest guest houses in the state, the history gives it plenty of character and offers guests a timeless place to spend a short holiday.
Here are 10 top ideas for a relaxing and exciting journey to the Great Ocean Road!
From the opening night cabaret to the circus workshop, the Lorne Festival of Performing Arts from September 6 - 8 offers visitors a chance to enjoy a vicarious show of live acts and performances, all dedicated to the theme of love.
St Annie's Vineyard
Wine lovers will adore this family-owned vineyard on Mount Joy Parade for its delicious wines, gorgeous scenery and friendly staff. This is a great place to stop for a long and luxurious wine-tasting afternoon! You can even pick up some special deals from the cellar door on the way out so you have a tasty reminder of your trip.
If it's a meal you're after, the famous Mark's Restaurant is reopening on August 16 and is sure to have a menu full of goodies to ensure you don't go hungry on your weekend away. One of the best reasons to head here is their dedication to using local produce, which will let you try some of the flavours and delicacies from the area.
"Most of us don’t have the luxury of taking every Monday off, but every once in a while it’s worth rewarding yourself for all of your hard work."
Enjoy what Mantra Lorne has on offer
The resort is an attraction in itself as it has its own day spa, putting green, croquet lawn, tennis courts and heated indoor pool. Not to mention the private beach access. There's enough to enjoy here without going anywhere else!
It might not look like much from afar, but Teddy's lookout at the end of George Street is something of a hidden treasure in Lorne. You can walk out to the point just for the spectacular views of the Great Ocean Road coastline or you can continue walking along to two other lookouts for a slightly longer hike.
No visit to Lorne is complete without visiting the Erskine Falls. You can see the majestic falls just five minutes from the car park, or get more adventurous and try out the 15km round trip to the Straw and Splitter that takes around three hours and take your breath away in more ways than one.
Get off the road and onto the water with an adventure in a sea kayak down by the waterfront. They're easy to hire and even easier to learn how to use, so grab your camera and make some memories!
Read and relaxation
A relaxing book is the epitome of a truly restful holiday break - no matter how brief - so pick up something suited for a break from Lorne Beach Books hidden away on Mount Joy Parade. Its charm will entice you and the range will surprise you!
Bottle of Milk
Whether you're in the area for a romantic weekend getaway or with the kids, make sure one of your meals come from the local favourite burger bar Bottle of Milk. It's famous Victoria-wide for its organic buns and all-Australian beef.
Hire a bike
Not everyone gets to see the little gems dotted around Lorne, but if you hire a bike and simply get lost in the local area you will see more in one afternoon than most visitors ever will. It's an active way to see an area and the perfect way to see everything up close!
So don't dread your Mondays - grab a book, jump on a bike, go for a walk and try a glass of vino - with a three-day weekend in Lorne you simply can't go wrong.