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Orford is a popular holiday township that offers riverside and bayside beauty, plenty of fun in the sun, interesting bushwalks and a great base from which to explore Maria Island National Park.

The holiday township of Orford lies at the mouth of the Prosser River, opposite beautiful Maria Island, making it a perfect base for exploring the Maria Island National Park and its surrounding marine reserve. 

Orford attracts holiday makers from Hobart, has excellent river and sea fishing and some of the best temperate dive sites in Tasmania.

Popular swimming beaches close to town include Raspins, Shelley and Spring Beach – linked by a 2-km coastal walk that passes through an old sandstone quarry.

Popular fishing spots include Prosser Bay and Mercury Passage while the clean ocean waters off Maria Island yield a bounty of fresh seafood including flathead, abalone and southern rock lobster.

With amazing views to Maria Island, Orford is the perfect holiday base for families and friends and really comes alive when Tasmanians move into their shacks over the summer.

In peak holiday season, the town has enough eateries and accommodation to please everyone from beach lovers to happy campers and offers peace and seclusion during the quieter months.

Orford is a 1-hr drive (80 km) north of Hobart.

Local tips

  • Take an easy two kilometre cliff top walk from East Shelly to Spring Beach for superb sea and ocean views and includes the 19th-century sandstone quarry that provided the hand-hewn stone used for Melbourne's Law Courts
  • Walk the old convict road alongside the river to the ruins of the Paradise Probation Station