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Orbost is a town in the far east of Victoria, in the shire of Gippsland. It is 375 kilometres from Melbourne, and 670 kilometres from Sydney, set on the flats of the legendary Snowy River. It is a well-stocked service town on a road trip between Victoria and New South Wales, and part of the Snowy River Country Trail.
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An East Gippsland Road Trip
Start your visit to Orbost by calling into the visitor information centre, housed in a historic timber slab hut. The centre is in Forest Park, a lovely reserve with rainforest walks and resident geese. For cyclists, the East Gippsland Rail Trail runs from Orbost to Bairnsdale, so you may like to park your rental car for a day, and explore by bike.
Best time to go
Orbost, like most of Victoria, has very distinct seasons. The best months to visit are March and April, when the worst of the hot summer temperatures have dropped. Being an agricultural area, there are plenty of farmers' markets to visit in any of the surrounding towns, all bursting with autumn produce. If you like your blues music hot, visit the Bruthen Blues and Arts Festival, just 45 minutes drive from Orbost of February 17-19.
Driving Tips in Orbost
Orbost is part of the Snowy River Country Trail, a 285-kilometre tourist drive. It is suitable for cars all year, but not for towing caravans or trailers. Some of the minor roads may be unsealed, narrow or windy, so make sure you travel at a safe speed.
Explore Rivers and Rainforest from Orbost
Orbost is a fantastic base for exploring the Snowy River area. You can choose from the coast at Cape Conran, the Snowy River itself, or have a choice of wildlife and conservation reserves to visit. You can cycle the East Gippsland Rail Trail, or drive the quiet side-roads of the Snowy River Country Trail, and sample local produce along the way.
Snowy River Cycling
Offers cycling options from self-guided day cycles on the rail trail, to fully supported multi-day tours of East Gippsland, such as their 'Snowgums to Seaweed' ride.
Cape Conran Coastal Reserve
Just 26 minutes drive from Orbost in nearby Marlo. There's 60 kilometres of isolated beach to explore. You can fish, surf or walk, but either way you won't get bored.
A 15-unit, contemporary style boutique motel in a peaceful rural setting.
Cape Conran Coastal Park Cabins and Camping
Cabins or camping right on the beach.
Restaurants and Bars
Wishing Tree Cafe
Friendly service and home-style cooking for breakfast and lunch.
Orbost Club Hotel
A real Aussie pub on the Snowy River. Does an unbeatable $12 lunch.