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Orford Tasmania

The seaside town of Orford is a 1 hour and 15 minute drive north east of Hobart along the Tasman Highway.  The town sits under the Thumbs Mountains and on the shore of Prosser Bay.  The township is split by the Prosser River, which provides the region’s water resources.

Orford was first settled in 1825 as a way station for convicts.  The convicts were marched here before being sent to Darlington on Maria Island.  Remnants of this convict history remain.

Orford has a sandstone quarry at Shelley Heights, which used convict labour to quarry stone used in many Melbourne buildings.

Visitors come to the Orford region for access to Maria Island, as well as great sheltered beaches, Wielangta State forest and good fishing.  Tourists and visitors pass through Orford on the their way to Swansea and to Freycinet and Douglas Apsley National Parks.

Orford has a population of 500 permanent residents, however, during the Tasmanian summer holidays, mid December to mid February the population increases three fold.  The majority of people are from Hobart and stay in shacks in the area.

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