The St George River meanders its way through a broad, relatively flat bank of sand on its way out to the sea. On the outgoing tide,
the water is lightly warmed in the shallow stream from the sun's rays, allowing you to sit and soak while the surf rumbles gently in
the distance. The river is 2-3 metres across in most parts, but generally only a few centimetres deep. Kids can readily skip across the
water from one side to the other, or run along its length chasing juvenile fish.
Above: The headland above the tranquil St George River near Lorne
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Two steep, forested headlands run down to the sand on either side of the river valley, framing the river valley with brilliant
green vegetation. Visibility in the water is usually quite good, with only a slight natural brown hue, so you can readily see what's in the water and
what's under foot. The river is tidal and it will change direction throughout the day if the mouth is open - keep an eye on the changing water
depths as the tide comes in. As a general rule, the closer you go back towards the bridge, the deeper the water will get.
The river can be both deeper and faster flowing after rainfall, when it is less suitable for kids.
Equally, the river can dry up in drought years, when you may find the water stagnant or non-existent.
Outside of these times, it is a fantastic place to pause, relax and explore when heading along the Great Ocean Road.
Above: The view across the sandbar to the ocean at St George River near Lorne
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There are no facilities (including no toilets) at the St George River estuary, so you need to bring your own everything.
Other Information Before You Go:
Great Ocean Road, 1 km south of Lorne, and
150 km (approx. 2 hr drive) south-west of the Melbourne CBD.
To get to Lorne, take the Princes Fwy (M1) towards Geelong, continuing on the Geelong bypass
until you reach Waurn Ponds. From there follow the signs to the Great Ocean Road along the Anglesea Road (C134) and
then the Great Ocean Road (B100) to Lorne. Travel through Lorne for a further kilometre after you leave town,
and park in the gravel area just after going across the St George River bridge.
Baby change facilities:
No shade available on the beach
No camping, no fires, no smoking, no alcohol, no glass, dogs on leash at all times, no taking of shellfish.
There is no camping at the estuary. If you want to stay overnight in the area, you can try
accommodation near this swim
Great Ocean Road Coast Committee
Nearby attractions: Sheoak Falls
, 2km to the south and
the Erskine River rapids
4 km to the north.
Before you head out, make sure to read the
swimming safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions. This
beach is not patrolled by lifeguards. If you would prefer to swim at a beach with lifeguards during the peak summer holiday
period, Lorne Surf Beach is approximately 3 km to the north and is patrolled during peak summer periods. The managing authority also advises
that there are submerged rocks, strong currents, high surf and snakes along this stretch of beach.
The marker indicates the approximate location of the car park on the side of the Great Ocean Road.
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