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Take a hike through Lorne’s waterfalls

Lorne and the surrounding Otway region has some of Australia’s most sensational waterfalls. They are accessible by walking tracks that immerse you in stunning rainforest, rocky gorges and fern gullies.

Erskine Falls, one of the most popular waterfalls in the Otways, is famous for its 30m plunge into a lush tree-fern gully.

The easiest way to see the falls is to drive to the Erskine Falls car park up Erskine Falls Road, behind Lorne. It is a 300m walk to the first lookout, or 300 steps down to the base of the falls. From the first look-out you’ll get spectacular views over the year-round running falls. From there, you can take steep stairs for a further 350 metres to reach the second lookout. Here you will get a closer view of the beautiful fern gully and falling water into the Erskine River.

If you’re an experienced walker, the Erskine Falls Track and hike back into Lorne is a fantastic experience. From the base of the falls, you cross the river a number of times as you following the Erskine River downstream to the natural amphitheatre of the Sanctuary, before reaching the rapids and the tidal section of the river mouth at Lorne. For the first kilometre of this walk there are frequent river crossings over stones and fallen logs. This track is a strenuous 7.5km hike and should not be attempted when the river is high.

The five best falls in Lorne, according to local tourism authorities are: Erskine Falls, the Lower and Upper Kalimna Falls, Sheoak Falls, Phantom Falls and the Henderson Falls.

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Top: Erskine Falls. Above: Phantom Falls.

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