Great Ocean Road 1: Melbourne to Lorne

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Our faithful campervan on the GOR

Our hosts drove us to the rental where we picked up our pre-booked campervan. We made our way through Melbourne’s morning rush hour and entered the Great Ocean Road. Along the way we stopped at Point Roadknight near Anglesea for a break on the beach. The beach was almost deserted except for a tour group just setting out for a canoe tour. The fine sandy beach runs in a gentle curve along the shallow bay and ends in rock formations that, with a little imagination resemble petrified dragons, lions, or other monstrous creatures. In case you are coming from Melbourne, this place is worth a stop and you will find them rather spectacular. In case you are coming from the other side and have already seen the really spectacular cliffs of Port Campbell National Park, Roadknight's Head is, of course, nothing.

Point Roadknight
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Lorne was our first overnight stop during our tour of the Great Ocean Road. It is not too far from Melbourne so we could have continued further south on that first day, but the driver had to get a feel for the big campervan first, and I think he was grateful for an early stop… which I understood all too well. I do not drive myself and I admired him for coping with this big vehicle, and with driving on the wrong side of the road!

So we took the first day easy. We found a campground on the banks of Erskine river and spent the afternoon with a little walk along the river mouth and the beach, a beer at a local pub and an excellent dinner at a small Italian restaurant in town.

A boardwalk lead from the campground along the river bank towards the beach.

Point Roadknight: kayak tour starting
A sandbank closes the river off the sea at low tide. The river mouth is crossed by a suspension bridge, kind of a “miniature Golden Gate”. It’s a romantic spot.

Then we walked along the beach to the centre of Lorne. It was late March and really chilly. Besides, the beach was full of seaweed. I have no idea how the waters are for swimming. Maybe it is better in summer. Since Lorne claims to be a seaside resort there must be better options in other seasons. The town was rather quiet as it was more or less off-season when we visited. It will be much busier in summer.

A few metres uphill from the main street we found a small Italian-style restaurant called Tiramisu. The restaurant was run by a young couple. He was of Italian descent, the chef and an ambitious singer.

Point Roadknight
.. She was the waitress, maybe of Dutch/Belgian/German ancestry - not sure. Really cute people. The food was ex-cell-ent. I had the Fish of the Day, a Blue Eye fillet the size of a big steak, grilled and served on risotto with fresh tomatoes and herbs. One of the best fish dishes I have ever had in my whole life. Unfortunately we were almost the only guests. I assume the location off the main street was a disadvantage for them, as many other restaurants are located in the main street. I do not think it still exists, which is a pity – at least I cannot find any traces of it neither on Google Maps nor anywhere else on the web.

The coastal landscape around Lorne is beautiful, although not as spectacular as later on, west of Cape Otway. There is hardly anything that could be called cliffs here. But it was a pleasant place for a relaxed day.

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Our faithful campervan on the GOR
Our faithful campervan on the GOR
Point Roadknight
Point Roadknight
Point Roadknight: kayak tour start…
Point Roadknight: kayak tour star…
Point Roadknight
Point Roadknight
Point Roadknight
Point Roadknight
Point Roadknight
Point Roadknight
Rock formations at Point Roadknight
Rock formations at Point Roadknight
Coastal landscape on the GOR
Coastal landscape on the GOR
Erskine River
Erskine River
Erskine River
Erskine River
Suspension bridge over Erskine Riv…
Suspension bridge over Erskine Ri…
The mouth of Erskine River, blocke…
The mouth of Erskine River, block…
By the mouth of Erskine River
By the mouth of Erskine River
Lorne beach
Lorne beach
Lorne beach
Lorne beach
Lorne
Lorne
Lorne
Lorne
Lorne church
Lorne church
Lorne
photo by: iramalama