Triabunna and Orford can be found around an hours drive North East of Hobart and are the gateway towns to the East Coast providing plenty of opportunities for a quick weekend excursion or the start of a week away.
Orford is a popular holiday town just an hours drive North East from Hobart with plenty of coastline to explore and a number of popular beaches for swimming during summer while also providing amazing views out towards Maria Island and the Freycinet Peninsula.
Triabunna is just north of Orford and features some amazing beaches great for swimming during the warmer months and fishing all year round. Triabunna also offers great diving with huge kelp gardens waiting just beneath the surface. Triabunna also offers easy access to Maria Island with the Maria Island Ferry departing from Triabunna and running throughout the year.
A Brief History of Orford and Triabunna
Orford was first settled in 1831 with a title deed granted to Edward Walpole and the township later being established as a port linking the convict colony on Maria Island with the mainland.
Triabunna was Australia's first rural municipality and an important port along the East Coast of Tasmania providing easy access and shelter for local fishing fleets, the settlement on Maria Island and shipping traffic traveling between the mainland of Australia and Hobart.
Our Local Tips
- Check out the amazing tapestries at the local visitors centre depicting the local history
- In summer go for a swim, the water is warm and beautifully clear.
- Catch the ferry over to Maria Island
- Triabunna has an entire store dedicated to Christmas!