Orford is 15 minutes up the road from Buckland. It’s a seaside holiday town on the mouth of the Prosser river. Its permanent population is around 500, but in summer that swells to around 3,000 people. Orford is a perfect spot to stop for a coffee or stay for a night or two. There are several nice walks in and around town and many beaches in the area are suitable for swimming, surfing, fishing or other water activities. Kayaking on the Prosser river is safe, as the flow is very minimal. There is an IGA and four eateries as well as a vineyard with cellar door sales in the town. The Newsagent is also a Post Office.
Walks in Orford
Take the road towards Rheban and Wielangta to get to the Three Thumbs turn off. There, at the lookout, you will find a picnic area with nice views. The walk to the three thumbs trig station starts 500m before the lookout. It is a pleasant walk through the bush that will take about 2 hours (return).
The Convict Road in Orford is a convict built road that follows the Prosser river south towards Buckland. It is accessible for about 3 km and leads passed some old ruins which were convict built holding cells.
- There is a fun playground in “Our Park” off Walpole st.
- The Gateway coffee shop has nice ice cream
- East shelly beach is very sheltered and safe for kids
- A bike track leads from Orford to Spring beach mostly off the road