Things To Do
In and around Orford.
Orford is a perfect place to start or finish your trip along the famous Great Eastern Drive. Take a break for a coffee and snack, enjoy a bite of fish’n’chips, throw in a line from the Prosser River Bridge or visit one of the nearby beaches—including Raspins, Millingtons, Spring, Shelly and Rheban Beaches.
Take some time to go for a swim, take a stroll on the sand or just laze the afternoon away while you take in the views over Mercury Passage towards Maria Island.
Explore the local area on foot—try the scenic cliff walk from East Shelley to Spring Beach, walk the Old Convict Road beside the Prosser River to the ruins of Paradise probation station, or pack a picnic and head to Thumbs lookout for lunch with a view. There are a number of great walks in and around the Orford area (see Nature and Outdoors)
While you’re in Orford, factor in some time to visit a local winery (try Darlington Vineyard for a sampling of fine east coast wines), play a round of golf or take the Wielangta Forest Drive—a gravel forestry road that leads through tall eucalyptus production forests and pockets of remnant rainforest. Make sure you also visit Thumbs lookout for a spectacular view north to the Freycinet peninsula. Then at the end of the day enjoy a wood fired pizza overlooking the Prosser River or experience classic Aussie pub food at the local hotel. Otherwise grab yourself some cheese and other tasty morsels from the IGA supermarket and deli and enjoy a meal on the veranda or in the gardens of Orford’s oldest house – Sanda House Colonial B&B.