Lorne is a beautiful area and offers some stunning hikes within the Otway Forest Park. Countless waterfalls and river crossings, forest ferns – what more could you want? Views? Yes there are some views on offer too, but in all honesty when you have waterfalls, who needs views?
This is a long hike. We are rating this as a Grade 4 hike mainly due to the distance of 32km. In theory you could do this at a relaxed pace in about 10 hours. We did it in 7.5 hours while taking 350+ pictures along the way and navigating. Not too bad. But after 20-25km, you will start to feel the distance. You will need a very good level of fitness to complete this hike within daylight hours.
Did we mention yet how great this hike is? This is a ripper hike. In fact we may dare to go as far as saying this is the best hiking trail in Victoria. Although we have not yet hiked every trail in Victoria therefore our view is a bit subjective. But seriously, this is an awesome hike. Just look at the photos below. There are a lot of photos… We did pick out the best ones though.
Did we mention the river/stream crossings? If you love river crossings, you will love this hike. How many? Is it possible to have too many river crossings? Well, we lost count after a while, but after looking back over our photos, we estimate about 35… Yes, 35 river crossings. Most are smallish, some bigger. Chances of getting wet feet are there, chances of slipping and falling on green rocks are high (we did).
This Lorne Erskine Phantom falls loop hike is 32km long and will take between 7-10 hours to complete depending on your level of fitness.
It is best to complete this hike after recent rainfall, however if it has rained too much, some of the river crossings may be difficult and/or impossible to pass.
- Starting Point: Foodworks in Lorne
- Hiking Trail Difficulty: Grade 4
- Distance: 32km
- Trail Type: Loop Hike
- Elevation Gain: 1120m
- Elevation Loss: 1120m
- Minimum Elevation: 0m
- Maximum Elevation: 435m
- Time to Complete: Up to 10 hours
- Ending Point: Foodworks in Lorne
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Detailed Hiking Trail Guide:
Our first destination on this hike will be Erskine Falls, which is about 11km from FoodWorks, heading straight up Erskine River.
Congratulations, you have made it 30% of the way! 11km down, 22km to go. Our next destination will be Cora Lynn Cascades, a further 7km.
Let’s take a break here and mention that this here is Cora Lynn Cascades Camping Area. Should you wish to make this a pack-carry hike, this would be the perfect opportunity to cut this hike in two. There are no fees for this campground however, and it is a first come, first serve site. So if it is full, you may be in a compromised position without somewhere to sleep. Not to mention that there are only two sites available here! For this reason we are not listing this hike as a pack-carry hike.
Welcome to Cora Lynn Cascades! This is the halfway point of this hike. This is a great opportunity to have a rest and grab a bite to eat before continuing down Cora Lynn Creek.
Our next destination is Phantom Falls, which is approximately 6.5km away. Ahead lies many, many creek crossings, many slippery rocks, and many photographic areas.
Did we mention that this is a long hike? OK, so from here we have 9km to go… That doesn’t sound too bad now does it? And the best part – It is mostly flat from here on out!
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Last modified: November 30, 2017