8.9 out of 10

Orford

-42.56864 147.8881
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parking
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Internet Access
  • Neighbourly Spirit
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Small town - beautiful, peaceful ambience"

Orford is at the beginning of the East Coast drive, which goes right up to St Helens. A delightful village of about 500 people, plus a lot of visitors in the summer. A popular spot for Tasmanians having a relaxing beach holiday. Residents can be as busy as they choose with local activities and groups to join. The IGA is well stocked, with friendly staff and the PO and Newsagent are very capable and helpful. Orford has 5 places to eat out. Medical centre is ten minutes drive. Specialists visit on a regular basis. The nights are almost totally silent with masses of stars. Weekend traffic doesn't exist. Park right outside everything. Your blood pressure will go down.
Pros
  • Magic beaches for the whole length of the town, where you can be quite alone most of the time. Friendly people. Only an hour from Hobart and airport.
Cons
  • Lack of public transport. You have to own a car. No dentist. Clothing shopping in Hobart.
  • Mobile phone access is fine, but not Vodaphone. Optus and Telstra are the main suppliers.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A Hidden Gem"

Orford is a sleepy little place nestled between inlet/river...and has over recent years become an increasingly popular area for holiday-makers due in part to its proximity to some beautiful coastine - especially Spring Beach (a beautiful white sandy beach about 4-5 km's away) and Stapleton Beach just a short stroll/drive along the coast - a lovely white sandy cove. Both beaches are great for kids/families and overlook the beautiful Maria Island - national park/major tourist destination. Orford is only a short drive to Triabunna where you get the ferry to Maria Island. The Spring beach area also has some million dollar properites nestled into the cliffs and some excellent holiday accommodation.

In addition there is the inlet of course in Orford - great for fishing and boating... and the town has a hotel, and now two eating establishments and a small supermarket... and has undergone and is undergoing some major re-development.... so is a fantastic place to invest! Greg Normal desgined a golf course nearby and it is hoped that that will be finished in the not too distant future, which will bring more tourists and development to the area.

For now though it is a lovely quiet, tranquil place to unwind and forget the troubles of the day. There is also a large state forest resever next to Spring Beach and some interesting coastline and drives (off bitumen) along the coast...

A great place for a weekend stay (only 45- 50 mins from Hobart) to unwind and/or enjoy the local attractions away from the hubbub of the city. Also much less expensive than some areas on the East Coast at the time I write this.

Don't miss out - get down there!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
2yrs+

"Back to basics"

Orford is a small coastal village at the start of Tasmania's East Coast. It tends to be by-passed by tourists but is a hidden gem. Locals know about it as there are a quite a few beach houses.
When I visited early this year, there was one eatery open at night - the pizza place. There wasn't any shopping mall or fancy entertainment and one shouldn't expect them there. Mobile phone reception is almost non-existence. It is a place to get back in touch with nature. Where there is time to appreciate a good conversation or a book. One could walk a long way from beach to beach without encountering any fellow tourists.
It may be a little too isolated for me to want to live in but for those who do live there, I can appreciate the charm.