Get away from it all in Orford

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While brief weekend sojourns tend to be dominated by visits to major attractions in the region, sometimes it's nice to expand your holiday to include smaller, more intimate destinations.

If you have time on your hands – perhaps a few weeks' leave to immerse yourself in Tasmania's heritage and wilderness – why not take a step off the beaten track?

One of the holiday townships you might like to consider is Orford, which sits at the mouth of the Prosser River opposite stunning Maria Island on the state's east coast.

As a picturesque fishing destination with a population of just 500, it is the type of place that can make you forget about your worries and lose yourself in the laid back atmosphere.

Casting a line into the bountiful waters of Prosser Bay, the Mercury Passage and just off Maria Island can yield a wonderful selection of fresh seafood including flathead, abalone and crayfish.

Maria Island itself offers visitors the chance to explore its magical national park and surrounding marine reserve. You may also be tempted to try scuba diving at the artificial reef one kilometre off-shore.

Orford is a convenient one hour drive from Hobart and the ideal stopover on a journey north.

Prosser River, Orford - Image Credit: Rick Eaves

Three Thumbs State Reserve Lookout, Wielangta Forest overlooking Orford - Image Credit: John de la Roche

Spring Beach East Coast near Orford - Image Credit: Rick Eaves

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