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Over the last week the ocean has been alive with activity and Louttit Bay has been a marine playground. With large schools of bait fish being driven to the surface by the strategic feeding patterns of pods of dolphins working as one, Lorne’s “air show” would then begin. Falling from the skies like Japanese kamikaze pilots piercing the ocean surface to capture the luckless bait fish that evaded the surging dolphins below. To add to the experience there were two large whales cruising the outer flanks on their return journey down south.

These magnificent scenes had memories of our childhood flooding back, albeit on a far different scale. Growing up in Lorne one would experience what could best be descried as a “mega pod” of dolphins. Not tens or twenties, not hundreds but literally thousands as far as the eye can see. Louttit Bay looked like a washing machine of water and as I share these stories with the youth of today, the looks of disbelief are common!


A lot has changed in real estate through the years and from my very first sale of a block of land in Kennett River where 10% deposit was in the form of seventeen $20 notes and one $10 note, to the way real estate is viewed today. I recently had a virtual inspection of a Lorne apartment which effectively had three “hubs” of family members, all in different locations, doing a zoom virtual inspection of the residence. The outcomes confirmed the purchaser interest in the property as we go to contract. This is the third property over the last month that we have sold where the purchaser is yet to set foot in the residence. Amazing how things have changed – Inspections online, contracts electronically transferred, deposit funds electronically transferred and a transfer of title and funds on settlement also done the same way!

As you’ve probably gathered the coastal leisure market has continued with strength with the standout performance coming from our Apollo Bay office with a sale a day for the past week – all great signs for the months ahead.

Kind regards,
Ian Stewart
For and on behalf of the entire Great Ocean Road Real Estate team


If you’re lucky enough to be in, or coming to Lorne, I’m sure you will be interested to know that the Lorne Business Tourism Association (L.B.T.A) is making an all-out effort to ensure their hospitality members secure all the required information when seating their guests. Please help them make it easy.


“Imagination is more important than knowledge”.

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