Lorne is a favourite getaway for Melbourne families,  especially in summer. 

Journalist, food and travel blogger and mother-of-two Cara Waters (Gourmet Chick) is regular visitor to this coastal town with her family. Here she provides her Top 14 places to visit with kids in Lorne.




  1. Trampolines at Lorne Sea Baths

Jumping on the trampolines by the foreshore is one of Lorne’s great traditions.  $5 for 10 minutes.


  1. Gentle Annie

Pick your own raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries just 15 minutes drive from Lorne. There is also a cafe which sells berry-based treats.

Gentle Annie, 520 Pennyroyal Valley Road, Pennyroyal (03) 5236 3391


  1. Qdos Arts

Visit the sculpture garden at Qdos Arts, a contemporary gallery hidden in the bushland.  Lots of room for kids to run around and the cafe here does excellent cake and babychinos.  

Qdos Arts, 35 Allenvale Road, Lorne (03) 5289 1989


  1.  Bush walk

Lorne is surrounded by beautiful bush. There’s a great short bush walk from She Oak falls which even small kids can manage.  A visit to nearby Erskine Falls is also worthwhile although be aware there are lots of steps for little legs.  



  1.  Rockpools

On either side of Lorne’s main beach are plenty of rock pools which are great for exploring with kids. See how many sea creatures you can spot.   



6. Ipsos

Ipsos Lorne

Ipsos offers a simple and contemporary take on Greek food from the family behind A La Grecque in Airey’s Inlet.  Great for a special occasion or date night dinner.  FULL REVIEW


7. Swing Bridge Cafe

Lorne Swing Bridge Cafe

By day this is a great cafe with good coffee and plenty of room for the kids to run around on the sand.  In the evening during Summer there are South American influenced barbecues.  FULL REVIEW.


8. Mexican Republic

The cheap and casual Mexican cantina is perfect for holiday eating. FULL REVIEW.


9. Pizza Pizza


The best pizzas in Lorne are found at the tiny Pizza Pizza, which serves Italian-style wood fired pizzas.  It’s takeaway only but there is one outdoor table.   

Pizza Pizza, 2 Mountjoy Pde Lorne 0352891007


10. The Bottle of Milk


The burgers at Bottle of Milk are sensational but more importantly so is the coffee. They also have an outpost in Torquay.

The Bottle of Milk, 52 Mountjoy Pde Lorne


11. Gelato Gelato


An excellent new addition to the main drag – Italian style gelato!

Gelato Gelato, 8 Mountjoy Pde Lorne 



12. Mantra

Right on the beach front the Mantra offers apartment style accommodation with cooking facilities which work well for families.  There are tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool and activities like movie nights over Summer.  

Mantra Mountjoy Parade, Lorne. From $200 a night for two people.


13.La Tienda

La Tienda Lorne

If you’ve got a big  family or group of families it’s worthwhile renting a house on AirBnB or Stayz.  We stay at La Tienda (disclaimer – it’s owned by a family member) which has four bedrooms, ocean views and its own tennis court with basketball ring which is great for kids to play in.  From $220 a night for up to nine people.


14. Great Ocean Road Cottages and Backpackers

One of the cheapest places to stay in Lorne. Great views over Loutit Bay and you can walk down the hill to the beach and shops.

Great Ocean Road Cottages and Backpackers, 10 Erskine Avenue, Lorne

Where are your favourite places to go with kids in Lorne?

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