Arts, Culture & Heritage

Culture, Theatre & Art in Lorne

Soak up the culture – Experience Lorne’s thriving art scene amongst galleries and the Lorne sculpture Biennale.

Signature Events

Be charmed by Lorne’s vibrant and creative community revelling in a maritime history that dates back to the mid 1850s. With its natural integrity, beautiful beaches and great amenities, Lorne is one of the Great Ocean Road’s shiniest gems. Boasting a spirited arts community, Lorne is home to a range of signature events including the notable Festival of the Performing Arts and the Sculpture Biennale that transforms the foreshore and venues in the township once every two years. 

Join in the festivities as Lorne brings to you a variety of electrifying experiences and events. January welcomes the GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub race. The 1.2km dip is the largest open water swim in the world and is organised and run by local volunteers from Lorne Surf Life Saving Club.  

Artistic Inspiration

Experience Lorne’s thriving art scene in galleries, cafes and designer shops. Watch as the stunning Lorne foreshore becomes the picturesque pedestal for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale, a vibrant festival of creativity, celebrating the best of Australian and international sculpture. Likewise, the QDOs art gallery is the epicentre of the vibrant art scene in Lorne. What began as a studio, then a gallery, café and sculptural park to celebrate the visual, performing and gourmet arts has grown into a complete respite for creative souls. 

Lorne Theatre

The Lorne cinema was constructed in 1937 and opened by the Lorne Picture Theatre Company. The beautiful double-storey rendered concrete façade is art deco in style and provides a rare example of a cinema that retains the single screen format and of the modern style used in a rural location. 

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawuurung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Ancestors, past present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.