Orbost is a simple single main street town like many of the small rural communities in the Gippsland area of Victoria. Located 375 kilometres east of Melbourne, 235 kilometres south of Canberra and only 16 kilometres from the coast, Orbost sits where the Princess Highway crosses the Snowy River, (made popular in the 1982 Film, ‘The Man From Snowy River’) and has a population of approx 2,500.
The town, predominantly recognised for its primary industries of Beef, Dairy Cattle and Timber, has in recent years become more indicative to the tourism industry with several national parks, including Snowy River National Park, Alpine National Park, Cape Conran Coastal Park and the Errinundra & Croajingolong Parks, in the vicinity.
The national parks are showcased in events such as The Wilderness Bike Ride and there are various walks and trails through the forest areas focussing on native fauna and elements of Aboriginal History and Culture taking in traditional lifestyles, Aboriginal Keeping Places, Dreamtimes Stories and Archaeological sites dating back over 10,000 years.
Staying in Orbost, you are immediately aware of the influence of the Timber industry on the town, with approx 27 sawmills in the area and logging trucks passing along the main street towards the timber mills. Although a great number of the forests are now national park listed, logging still continues to be a contentious issue in the nearby Goolengook Valley region close to Errinundra National Park.
The town also boasts a rich history of old Orbostian people including several politicians, Brisbane Lions Coach, Michael Voss and International Music Critic and TV Presenter Molly Meldrum.
A visit to the Tourist Information Centre on Locheil Street can supply you with all the information on local tours,including details of local arts centres, museums and wineries.
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