Surf Coast, Victoria
Lorne is located on the Surf Coast of Victoria and is only two hours from Melbourne travelling along the Great Ocean Road, and is less than an hour from the 12 Apostles if you continue on towards South Australia.
Driving from Melbourne, after you pass Geelong, you get to see the beauty of Australia from alpine-like gums to white sandy beaches, rivers leading out into the Southern Ocean and rocky sheltered bays.
Victoria has 38 traditional Indigenous clans, the first story of Lorne is of the Gadubanud (King Parrot) people who occupied the rainforest plateau and coastal area of the Wada Wurrung to the northeast, Gulidjan to the north and Girai Wurrung to the west. Today the Gunditjmara people are the traditional custodians of Gadubanud lands.
It is known that the Gadubanud people traded spearwood for greenstone mined by the Wurundjeri when tribes met at traditional ceremonies around the Gariwerd district. The Gadubanud made bark canoes for use in the rivers, lakes, estuaries, and along the coast.
During the 1830s Gadubanud successfully avoided interactions with European settlers. Early squatters thought the area was uninhabited. There where at least five clans are recorded, including Bangura Gundidj, Guringid Gundidj, Ngalla Gundidj, Ngarowurd Gundidj and the Yan Yan Gurt clan.
These clans are now part of the Western Maar and we are privilleged to be holding UGWA on their land and respect their ancestors past and present and look forward to learning from them.
Lorne is situated on a bay named after Captain Louttit, who sought shelter there in 1841 while supervising the retrieval of cargo from a nearby shipwreck. The coast was surveyed five years later in 1846. Then in1922 the Great Ocean Road was extended to Lorne by returned soldiers from World War 1.
The area became a source of timber for European settlement when William Lindsay, searching for coal, discovered many valuable stands of timber along the coast and has grown since then.
The waters will be lovely around March as they will have lost their icy chill that is often present up until February and will be a perfect place for us to spend the week.
The Mantra has been built using some of the original buildings of Eskrine House which were built in1868 and acted as the original guest house for the Great Ocean Road.
Now it is comprised of luscious lawn space, 4 room types from motel to apartments, fabulous conference facilities, a heated mineral pool, day spa, an amazing restaurant and just steps from the beautiful waters of Louttit Bay.
At our time at The Mantra we will be indulged with food, parties, spa treatments, local salt baths, access to local shopping, access to a gym, tennis courts, and so much more.