Orbost, Tourism Victoria

Population 2096

Situated on the banks of the legendary Snowy River, Orbost is on the Princes Highway and surrounded by spectacular coastal and mountain territory. For those who love arts and crafts, there are many shops in the area supplying and displaying local products.

Visitor Information

Slab Hut, 35 Nicholson St; (03) 5154 2424


Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Buchan

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  • Lakes Entrance

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  • Cann River

    Cann River is situated at the junction of the Princes and Cann Valley highways, and is notable for its proximity to several spectacular...more

In Town

Visitor information centre: display explains complex rainforest ecology; Slab Hut, 39 Nicholson St.

Old Pump House: behind relocated 1872 slab hut; Forest Rd.

Historical Museum: details local history with displays of artefacts; Ruskin St.

Snowy River Country Craft: Forest Rd.

Netherbyre Gemstone and Art Galley: Cnr Browning and Carlyle sts.

Exhibition Centre: equipped with 2 galleries, one dedicated to the National Collection of Australian Wood Design, the other presenting monthly exhibitions; Nicholson St.

Mirrawong Woolworks: sells wool and felt handmade items; 295 Nicholson St. 

Heritage walk: weaves its way through town with storyboards, fingerboards and plaques explaining the historic buildings; begins at Slab Hut.


Errinundra National Park The park is one of the largest remaining stands of cool temperate rainforest in Victoria, and features giant eucalypt forests. There is the rainforest boardwalk and for keen hikers there are walking tracks, as well as camping and picnic facilities. Enjoy superb views from Ellery View, Ocean View Lookout and the peak of Mt Morris. In winter, snow and rain can make access difficult. Errinundra Rd, off Princes Hwy; contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963; 54 km NE.

Marlo: a popular fishing spot also known for its galleries and Bush Races in Jan; 14 km; also in Marlo cruise the Snowy River on the Paddle Steamer Curlip II; book on 0411 395 903 S.

Cape Conran Coastal Park: rugged coastal scenery and excellent walks. Turn south after Cabbage Tree Creek (26 km E) or take the coastal route from Marlo.

Cabbage Tree Palms Flora Reserve: 27 km E.

Bemm River Scenic Reserve: a 1 km signposted rainforest walk and picnic facilities; off Princes Hwy; 40 km E.

Snowy River National Park: in the south of the park is Raymond Creek Falls. A 40 min return walk leads to the falls, with a further 1 hr walk leading to the Snowy River; 42 km N; 2WD access, check road conditions. McKillops Bridge, 148 km N via Deddick, is one of the most accessible parts of this park; for more details see Buchan.

Sydenham Inlet: a good spot for bream fishing; 58 km E.

Tranquil Valley Tavern: on the banks of the Delegate River near the NSW border; about 115 km NE.

Baldwin Spencer Trail: a 262 km scenic drive following the route of this explorer, taking in old mining sites and Errinundra National Park; details from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Marlo 10 km

In the annals of Australian folklore, the Snowy River is one of the icons. Anglers know that most of the action is in the lower reaches downstream from Orbost to Marlo where the river flows to the sea. Marlo is reached... Find out more

Ninety Mile Beach 16 km

In autumn, large schools of salmon, along with gummy sharks and mulloway, hit Victoria’s beaches. Snapper can still be caught, along with increasing numbers of yelloweye mullet. One of the most popular beaches in... Find out more

Lake Tyers 36 km

Lake Tyers is a few minutes’ drive north-east of Lake Entrance on the Princes Highway. It is one of the most picturesque of the Gippsland Lakes, being surrounded by forest. Covering an area of about 16 sq km, Lake... Find out more

Bemm River 47 km

Bemm River is located on Sydenham Inlet Road about halfway between Orbost and Cann River. In estuary terms, this waterway is a superstar, regarded by many as Victoria’s best bream and estuary perch fishery. It may... Find out more

Lakes Entrance 50 km

Lakes Entrance is an ideal base for anglers wanting to fish the region. Facilities are excellent and it is within easy reach of places like the Tambo River and Lake Tyers. The township is situated along Cunninghame Arm. ... Find out more

Tambo River 57 km

The Tambo River is renowned for the quality of its bream fishing. From the mouth of the river at Lake King upstream past Johnsonville and Swan Reach, anglers can access long stretches of sheltered water above and below... Find out more

Metung 59 km

Metung, on the western shore of Bancroft Bay, is a major centre for the cruise-boat industry. Whether you own one or want to hire a live- aboard boat for a few days, Metung is a prime spot. Surprisingly, for a town so... Find out more

Tamboon Inlet 59 km

The turn-off to Tamboon Inlet is on the Princes Highway at Cann River. Take the road to Tamboon Inlet, veering left on the Point Hicks road for about 5 km before turning right onto Peach Tree Creek Track which takes you... Find out more

Nicholson River 65 km

The Nicholson is the shortest of the three waterways in the Bairnsdale area and is more affected by thawing snow than rainfall. The stretch near the railway bridge can be productive. A scenic waterway, it has limited... Find out more

Mitchell River 71 km

The estuary section of the Mitchell River begins at the rock barrier, about 5 km upstream from Bairnsdale. Bream are caught all the way through to where the silt jetties enter Lake King. The jetties look like two long... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cruises - around Lakes Entrance 45 km

More than just a cruise, a one- or two-hour Sea- Safari out of Lakes Entrance is an opportunity to add to research about the area. You will help document seabirds, marine life – including seahorses with an... Find out more

Croajingolong National Park 88 km

One-third of Australia’s bird species have been spotted in this 87 500-hectare park that stretches for 100 kilometres along the coast. The threatened ground parrot forages in the heath and lorikeets feed in the... Find out more

Mitchell River National Park 97 km

Although only 11 900 hectares in size, this rugged national park contains some of the best forest country in Gippsland. Great for experienced rafters, kayakers and canoeists, it also has some superb bushwalks. With a... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

A Lovely Little Lunch

This welcoming apple-green building is in the middle of the main street in Orbost. It boasts local artworks on its walls and a lovely garden setting in the front for alfresco dining. Owner Juliet Webb bakes everything on... Find out more

Campsites around town

Corringle Slips camping area 13 km

These restful beachside campsites are in particularly great demand over Christmas and Easter, and it’s worth calling the ranger to check availability at other times. You can go boating and canoeing in the Snowy... Find out more

Woods Point camping area 14 km

This idyllic campground is beautifully positioned on the shores of the Snowy River. Water-based activities include canoeing and rafting, while throwing in a line may reward anglers with Australian bass. There are also... Find out more

Balley Hooley camping area 26 km

Balley Hooley sits on the south-western fringe of the national park, due east of Buchan – access is signposted off the Buchan–Orbost Rd. Canoeing is a real treat along the Snowy River here, with its rapids,... Find out more

Raymond Creek Falls camping area 27 km

This tiny campground, comprising just 4 sites, is situated near  a waterfall (it’s about 1.5 km from the camping area to the falls) that pitches 20 m into a deep foaming pool, accessed off Yalmy Rd –... Find out more

Banksia Bluff camping area 28 km

Banksia Bluff is the campground at Cape Conran, where over 60 km of Bass Strait beaches are yours to explore. Plod around the boardwalk at East Cape and follow the nature trail to Joiners Channel, or take the Heathland... Find out more

Pettmans Beach camping area 28 km

This beach is at the end of Pettman Rd, which runs off Lake Tyers Rd. This is the only camping area in Lake Tyers Forest Park that has toilets. Coupled with the fact that it’s beside the ocean, this means that... Find out more

Camerons Arm camping area 30 km

This is the northernmost camping area in the park, the closest to Nowa Nowa – take Lake Tyers Rd off the Princes Hwy east of the township, then turn west on Camerons Arm No. 1 Track. Canoeists can roam up and down... Find out more

Bush camping 30 km

Bush camping permitted on the east side of Nowa Nowa Arm away from established picnic areas and at least 50 m from the lake. Contact ranger for details.... Find out more

Trident Arm camping area 32 km

You’ll find this tranquil spot at the end of Trident Arm Track, off Lake Tyers Rd. As with the park’s other campsites, it’s east of Nowa Nowa Arm – the area to the west of the arm has several... Find out more

Hicks camping area 33 km

Hicks camping area is in the south of Snowy River National Park, beside the Yalmy River. It’s accessed off Varneys Track, which runs off Yalmy Rd. A 4WD is required to reach this spot, and note that access is... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Orbost Caravan Park 2 km

The centre of town is only a short 500-metre walk from this park, which is situated off the main highway. It has large shady trees, good basic facilities and is conveniently located for an overnight stop; it is around a... Find out more

Lake Tyers Camp and Caravan Park 38 km

This beachfront park is owned and operated by the Uniting Church. It is a great family park, ideal for a beachside holiday. The park operates in conjunction with a school camp and the consumption of alcohol is permitted... Find out more

Lakes Entrance Tourist Park 43 km

This owner-operated park is on the eastern edge of town and very convenient for a stopover. It has good facilities and caters for most needs. We stay here. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

Eastern Beach Tourist Park 44 km

Just off the Princes Highway and easily accessible, this is a large spacious park where you can walk to town along the waters edge, Great for a family holiday. We like it. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Koonwarra Beach Resort 45 km

Easily accessible on the Princes Highway, at the eastern end of Lakes Entrance, this park is just a short distance from the town centre. It is ideal for a short stay or a family holiday in this popular destination.... Find out more

Waters Edge Holiday Park 45 km

This good quality park is suitable for a few days in Lakes Entrance. It is on the Princes Highway, across the road from the water, and not too far from the centre of town. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Lake King Waterfront Caravan Park 71 km

With absolute lake frontage, this neat park has its own jetties and boat ramp and there are waterfront van sites available. This is good value. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies to... Find out more

Bairnsdale Holiday Park 72 km

There are many caravan parks in Bairnsdale but this is one of the few with a large number of tourist sites. Located on the Princes Highway, it is well suited to a family holiday or just a couple of nights. Bookings are... Find out more

Mitchell Gardens Holiday Park 74 km

This park is at the river end of the main street (Princes Highway), just 500 metres from the centre of town. With beautifully maintained surrounds, the park is located on the banks of the Mitchell River. Bookings are... Find out more

90 Mile Beach Holiday Retreat 95 km

This camping park on a private farming property is just a stroll away, over the sand dunes, from the fabulous Ninety Mile Beach. The owner-operated park is reached via some 5 km of unsealed access road but the journey is... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Jacarri Eco-Cottage, Goongerah 45 km

This rustic little cottage in East Gippsland sleeps four, and has solar power and a dry composting toilet. It has been built with sustainable timbers and uses a water wheel to fill the water tank. Organic fruit,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Newmerella park area 6 km

At Newmerella

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.

Murrungower rest area 14 km

16km E of Orbost (L) or 59km W of Cann River (R)

Secluded forest setting just off the highway. 

Bellbird Creek rest area 32 km

39km E of Orbost (R) or 36km W of Cann River (L)

Adjacent to the highway near the hotel.

Bemm River rest area 39 km

45km E of Orbost (R) or 30km W of Cann River (L)

Secluded in forest just off the highway.

Burnt Bridge rest area 40 km

10km NE of Lakes Entrance (R) or 49km SW of Orbost (L)

Secluded in the forest just off the highway.

Lakes Entrance park area 47 km

At Lakes Entrance

Overlooking the river near the information centre.

Log Crossing rest area 48 km

T/O 26km E of Bairnsdale (L) or 9km W of Lakes Entrance (R)

Secluded in the forest 2.5km (unsealed) north of the highway. 

Tambo River rest area 64 km

49km S of Omeo (L) or 72km N of Bairnsdale (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Nicholson park area 65 km

At Nicholson

Overlooking the river on the east side of town.

Thurra River rest area 73 km

11km E of Cann River (L) or 98km SW of Eden (R)

Secluded off the highway in the forest.

Doctors Flat rest area 76 km

33km S of Omeo (L) or 88km N of Bairnsdale (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Australian Wood Design Exhibition: Jan.

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