Lorne: Part 2

We’ve been enjoying our stay in one spot for a little while, and so we would be remiss to not make the most of our time and explore our immediate area slightly more.

The Otways National Forest covers over 250,000 acres and so we certainly weren’t short of places to explore that allowed us to see some of the forest, as well as the seaside in Lorne.

That’s a good sign…

One of our first outings into the forest came when we had returned from an afternoon of blog writing (super dedicated over here) and were considering a nice walk the following day. We asked Luke if he could recommend anything nearby. To which he suggested we went for a walk right now! It was lovely to get out and about and away from those screens.

Plus Golden Hour was upon us and it really is such a beautiful time of day
Golden fields

We took regular detours off the path to explore and frolic among the fields of not-wheat.

I get really tall in the grass, it’s a superpower
And here we’ve spotted a Wild Lukey!

We had been walking along a path for awhile when we took a sudden turn straight into the bush once again. After a short while of confidently walking from James and Luke, and scrambling and falling down holes or getting stuck in trees from me, we were surprised (well James and I were) to discover we were in fact, at the top of a waterfall!

When there was still a path but I’m still no Bear Grylls
This doesn’t show the depth well, but it does show the forest

Standing at the top –  but not too close to the edge thank-you-very-much – we were presented with a new and seldom seen perspective on the forest and it was incredible.

The walk back was slightly more direct and contained a path, so we headed home before the sun totally set and enjoyed another evening tea in hand, round the fire.

With the next day proving to be another lovely dry day we decided to head off on a slightly longer walk. Luke told us of another lovely walk in the area and pointed us in the right direction..that direction being along the so-called cleared area around the powerlines to begin with…

The kangaroos love this area

Once we’d come out the other side and found a path again, we noticed that James’ shoes had opted for the camo look.

Exhibit A in Why You Need To Pick Up Your Feet
I wonder where James was?
Off into the woods again

We found the recommended track to follow and got on our way!

There were signs telling us that ahead was a 4×4 track and would not be suitable for anything else, for the first part we felt this was slightly over cautious as, while being fairly unused it seemed in pretty good condition.

A sunny 4×4 track

And then it wasn’t.

The road has sprouted a James!

However, luckily we were on two feet and found the track no problem at all!

We found ourselves captivated by the trees and the forest itself and felt really quite tiny next to some of the mammoths.

Can’t see the woods for the tree
Hello, Fairies? Are you in there?

Another incredible thing about the area, is the sheer number of waterfalls within a short distance of our temporary home. The most well known of which is, arguably, the Erskine Falls.

On one particularly hot day at the end of January, we decided to head down to the falls to take a dip and avoid the crowds at the beach. Unfortunately, it seemed like everyone else had had the same idea.

The waterfalls bathed in sunlight
That looks cool and refreshing

After walking down to the bottom of the falls we decided that queuing for a waterfall seems just wrong and so we headed back up the gazillion stairs and straight to the beach!

This is just what you wanna do in 40 degrees!
It was much busier than this but Ee By Gum the sea was fantastic!

Having explained our woes at the busy waterfall to one of the lovely people we’ve met in our time here: Toby. He offered to show us a different spot which would be much quieter but just as beautiful.

So on a slightly cooler day, we met up and headed off into the woods.

Beautifully quiet, and beautifully beautiful
I keep expecting a T-Rex to pop out

This walk was much quieter than our outing to Erskine Falls and much more like our previous walks in the woods. With just as much capering.

2 serious men inspecting a tree in a serious way, very seriously.

It wasn’t long before we came across the Lower Kalimna Falls. Although slightly less powerful than when the water is high, it was still a majestic lagoon nestled amongst the trees with the light and water dancing around, it was beautiful.

Who left the tap running?

The rocks behind the waterfall had been carved out into a grotto and so we wasted no time in exploring behind the falls.

Jungle Book

We stayed there for a little while just taking in the surroundings and listen to the water fall.

There’s definitely an allosaurus in there somewhere
Pensive Toby
Pensive James

We decided to head further up, to the Upper Kalimna Falls. There we found one of the only other people we met on our outing (the other being a barefoot man who looked like he’d woken up in a bush, but seemed rather content with the situation) a friendly man who had spent some time at the bottom of the waterfall, waiting for the perfect moment. However, it’s easy to see how someone could lose an afternoon just watching the waterfall.

The waterfall, and James, are in there somewhere

After a brief chat with the photographer, James and Toby decided to head over and get a closer look, they graciously vaulted over the rocks and nimbly climbed up with ease. After a short while I decided to join them, my journey was much more hands-and-knees, “whoops I’ve slipped a bit”, “I can’t reach my leg up there” and general giggling. I got there though!

James is coming to my aid
Lens flair to rival J.J.Abrams
Who left this tap on too?
Don’t think I’ll be getting up that one, even with the handy hand holds
We made it!

With only slightly more scrambling and giggling we managed to get back to the path and back to civilisation just in time for tea!

But it’s not all about the bushwalks in the Otways; Lorne itself is a wonderful little town and worth exploring. And not just for the beach!

Quaint seaside living
I mean, it’s also about the beach..
Dining al fresco is a thing here because it’s actually sunny for more than 5 minutes…can I stay forever?
The cafe at the swing bridge was a lovely spot and right on the beach

As well as the town centre, we’ve found some brilliant places on the outskirts to explore too.

Teddy’s Lookout, right at the top of Lorne, and showing fantastic views of the Great Ocean Road
Ooh; majestic sunrays

A particular highlight for me, is Qdos Arts, an art gallery with contemporary art, including the onsite pottery.

Anna (Luke’s talented potter friend) has her work here too.
The work is contemporary and interesting

The outside area is interesting too.

The woodfired kiln
James and Luke walk around some artist apartments

Lorne, Benwerrin and the Otways are such a lovely place to stay and we’ve certainly tried to explore what we can. Although we’ve barely scratched the surface!

James will be up next to tell you all about the other things we’ve experienced and learned during our time here. (There will be cakes!)

Hatti x

2 Responses to “Lorne: Part 2”

  1. Amy goodness ! What a magical place. It’s so incredibly beautiful. The town and the beach are phenomenal X
    I couldn’t blame you wanting to stay there.

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