Getting to Lorne

Lorne is located 150 km from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road. As with many Australian towns, it is quite remote from major cities and you will need to plan your travel to Lorne.

Arriving in Australia:

If travelling from overseas, you will arrive at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. Melbourne is serviced by a large number of international airlines and is only two flights away from most major cities in Europe and North America. Elapsed travel times from Europe and the West Coast of the USA are 20 and 15 hours, respectively.

Transportation from the airport to the city of Melbourne is by taxi or bus – there is no train service from the airport. Recommended transport for getting from the airport to the city is the Skybus Shuttle which runs several times each hour and 24 hours a day. Trip duration from the airport to Southern Cross Station (see below) is approximately 45 min, depending on traffic conditions.

Travel from Melbourne to Lorne:

Bus travel provided by ICEEP:

ICEEP has contracted with Hutchinson Buslines to provide free travel for ICEEP participants and their travelling companions from Southern Cross Station in the centre of Melbourne to Lorne (Mantra resort) on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of November, and return to Souther Cross Station (Melbourne city center) on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November on the following schedule:

From Southern Cross Station to Mantra, Lorne

Return from Mantra, Lorne to Southern Cross Station

It is important that you register for this service by November 5th, 2018 and reserve your seat by visiting Hutchinson Buslines at https://goo.gl/forms/5D5jApKyt4m0mgGz2

ICEEP, and Hutchinson Buslines, takes no responsibility for providing transportation for people who do not register before November 5th.

Travel time from Southern Cross Station to Lorne, or return, is about 2 hours. Should you not be staying at the Mantra, there are taxi cabs in Lorne to transport you from the Mantra hotel to your accommodation. Please check a map of Lorne as you might well be able to walk from the Mantra to your accommodation.

Other travel options include:

Rent a car.
All the major rental agencies are present in Australia. It is sometimes cheaper to collect the rental car in the city rather than at the airport. Remember that in Australia we drive on the left hand side of the road and cars are right hand drive. Check with the rental agency regarding requirements for a driver's licence, but most recognise overseas licences.

Public transport.
There is a mixture of train and bus options for travel from Melbourne to Lorne. These can be investigated at https://www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au/getting-here/ or Public Transport Victoria.

Chauffer and premium taxi services, and Uber.
These should be arranged ahead of your arrival. Prices vary and should be confirmed at the time of booking. Examples include: Melbourne Silver Premium Cabs and Melbourne Premium Chauffeurs.