Friday 24 June 2011


As the chilly winter weather sets in, it's natural to feel like hibernating under the doona out of the cold and dark. But instead of wasting the season indoors why not pack a bag, grab your loved one and head off for a romantic mini-break in the seaside town of Lorne!

Located just two hours' drive from Melbourne, Lorne is the ideal weekend destination and gateway to Victoria's famous Great Ocean Road.

Fresh sea air and the soothing sound of waves gently crashing against the shore are the perfect remedy for the winter blues. So whether you're enjoying a long lazy breakfast in your luxurious modern apartment at Chatby Lane, or enjoying a relaxing massage together at endota spa, or even donning your thermals and going for a walk up to Teddy's Lookout, at least you're out and about enjoying the spoils of stunning Lorne. 

If you're looking to spoil your loved one with a luxurious mini-break, a stay at the La Perouse B&B is a must. Idyllically positioned a stone's throw from the beach and featuring stunning ocean views, La Perouse has a number of beautifully-restored guestrooms inside the main house, as well as a separate self-contained deluxe cottage complete with a fireplace. So whether you're enjoying a Parisian-style breakfast on the terrace while soaking in the breath-taking views, or wrapped up in a fluffy robe in front of the fireplace, La Perouse has you covered.

Other romantic touches at Around About Lorne studios include the double spa baths and private lounge with gas log fire. Centrally located- a ten minute walk to the main beach, cafes and shops, if you can't find a way to leave the kids behind, Sue and Darren will arrange a babysitter locally!

For something a bit more rustic and out of town, historic Allenvale is a fantastic accommodation option with a nineteenth century timber mill and classic-style cottages positioned next to the babbling St George River and the natural bush backdrop. As with the quaint and secluded Lemonade Creek Cottages, it is the perfect blend of nature and comfort with restored original country charm yet the luxury of modern life, all set in a tranquil natural setting amongst wildflowers, koalas, blue wrens and bower birds.

However if nature's not your thing, there are plenty of shops such as 35 Elephants, Beachouse Gifts and Tastes Lifestyles to peruse, as well as cafés, restaurants and bars to refuel in. For something a little different, head to the Qdos - a unique, contemporary gallery and performance space and take in a bit of culture.  Enjoy a bite to eat in the Qdos Café and really stop to savour the scene.

Of course no seaside escape is complete without a stroll along the beach at sunset while taking in the spectacular views. Take your pick from a number of fabulous restaurants- overlooking the water is the iconic The Grand Pacific Hotel, with a focus on regional produce and serving gorgeous French crepes is The Ovenhouse or set back from the beach in 'old' Lorne is Babalu Bar, which serves up mouth-watering Spanish-inspired dishes made from fresh local produce.

So breathe a big breath of fresh sea air into your lovin' relationship and book a weekend away in Lorne today!

Keep in touch with what's happening all year round in Lorne by visiting the Lorne Business and Tourism Association's (LBTA) website and signing up for the e-newsletter at, join Lorne on Facebook at Love Lorne or follow Lorne on Twitter at


Around About Lorne

Two night weekend stay $ 420 for two people including midday check out on the Sunday, double spa bath, lounge with gas log fire and either a bottle of wine to share in front of the fire or a plunger coffee and some complimentary chocolates. Mention our romantic package and we'll make sure you're treated!

endota spa

Experience your own double room and be treated - start with billabong footbath, followed by a one hour massage and lunch to follow 1.25 hrs $340 per couple (Sun/Public hols $374)


1 night midweek in an ocean view suite at La Perouse with breakfast Parisian style in our cafe & dinner for two people $295

2 nights midweek in an ocean view suite at La Perouse with breakfast Parisian style in our cafe & dinner for two people $465


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