Orbost on the banks of the Snowy River surrounded by rich river flats approximately 60 kms from Lakes Entrance was first settled in 1842 and has a history of riverboats, gold and timber mills. Today it is the ideal base to explore the National Parks in this region.
Orbost is also the gateway to the high plateaus and old growth forests of the Errinundra Plateau.
Bushwalking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, sightseeing and bird watching are very popular with visitors to the area.
With the main industries supporting the town being fishing, logging, sawmilling and farming.
Visit the Slab Hut (originally built in 1872 and relocated from the upper Snowy River) Information Centre the friendly staff (most of whom are volunteers) are happy to assist you with travel and sightseeing plans. The open fire is always burning in winter.
Orbost is similar to Bairnsdale with the main street Nicholson Street being very wide with older style shops either side providing a lot of intrigue as to what might be hidden on the shelves. Well serviced with supermarkets, butcher and speciality shops it is the last major shopping centre on the A1 before Eden in NSW some 180kms on toward Sydney.
Accommodation is plentiful from camping to good quality motels and you can always enjoy country hospitality in one of the many eateries along the main drag.
14kms downstream along the magnificent Snowy River is the small coastal community of Marlo.
One of the towns famous past residents is Michael Voss of Brisbane Bears fame.