Orford Tourism & Travel
A coastal hamlet situated in the South East region of Tasmania, Orford is some 78 kms northeast of Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania and 194kms southeast of Launceston. The picturesque seaside town, home to many beautiful beaches is as a great base to explore the magnificent rugged landscape of Maria Island National Park. Visitors can gain an insight into the historically significant convict era, both within Orford and at the fascinating nearby Port Arthur Historic Site. In the municipality of the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, Orford has a population of 485 souls.
Interesting remnants of Orfords convict history are found in the remains of the original convict road built between 1841 and 1855. Prosser Bay and the Mercury Passage are popular fishing destinations, and visitors can taste various cool-climate wines at the Darlington Vineyards.
A number of beautiful sheltered beaches, popular for swimming, fishing and diving are found close to Orford, including Shelley and Spring beach that are connected by a walking track taking in an interesting old sandstone quarry.
Orford - Near by
The Port Arthur Penal Colony is situated just over an hour south of Orford. Orginally transported to the young colony as thieves and vagabonds by the British, re-offending convicts were confined within the harsh security measures of the British penal system known as Port Arthur Gaol. The site of Port Arthur was chosen for its natural fortification, providing a very slim chance for escape.
National Park Maria Island
The nearby Triabunna Township offers a ferry service to Maria Island National Park. Experience fascinating cliffs, bushwalks through the rugged landscape, mountain biking, and abundant wildlife and bird life. Visitors can explore the historic penal settlement of Darlington located in the former convict site of Maria Island.
Named by Edward Walpole who was granted land in 1831, Orford was first established as a mainland port for the convict settlement on Maria Island. Situated between Orford and Spring Beach, a quarry provided sandstone for the use in buildings throughout Hobart and Melbourne.