Chances are if you're visiting Lorne, it's all about the sea. Whether you want to admire its texture of a morning or get in among it with the local surf school, you want a hotel that's bang in the middle of the action.
The 4.5-star Cumberland is on Lorne's main drag, Mountjoy Parade, just opposite Lorne's main swimming beach and surf break. Particularly perfect for families, couples and small groups, the accommodation (from $179 per night) is broken up into one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, or penthouse two-bedroom apartments, all with private balconies, washer and dryer. You can also opt for a spa bath in your bathroom.
Elsewhere on the site – which does a great job of being wheelchair accessible – there's a heated indoor swimming pool and sauna, spa and toddlers' pool. Sporting types while enjoy the gym, tennis courts, squash courts and hireable surf equipment, whereas if you're in town for relaxation there's the on-site Endota Spa. If you're looking for an event or conference venue, there's a tiered auditiorium and one of the largest conference centres in Victoria.
The beauty of the Cumberland is that it's so perfectly situated. Not only are the town's bars and restaurants within metres, but take a trek uphill and you're in beautiful bushland. If you've brought your car, you're a short drive from Erskine Falls, glow worm hikes and plenty of adventure activities.
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