Orbost township

Explore Orbost Township

Orbost's 'main street' is Nicholson Street stretching for four blocks from Forest Park and the Slab Hut Visitor Information Centre at the bottom of the hill, up to the roundabout with Salisbury Street which is presided over by the grand old Commonwealth Hotel. Most of the town's retail and service business  are to be found on the main street and the adjacent side streets. Feeling hungry? Nicholson Street has a wide range of food businesses from cafes, bakeries, organic foods, Thai and pub meals as well as two supermarkets.

A stroll up Nicholson street is rewarded with not only a series of historic buildings, but informative signs describing past and current buildings throughout the towns history.

Not far from the main street you will find plenty of  parks and gardens, as well as a number of  historic buildings and galleries.

 

Nicholson St Orbost historic Fatchen Building

Galleries and museums in Orbost

Slab Hut Visitor Information Centre

A 'living museum' and much loved local icon is an original remote 1872 family dwelling, relocated to it's current position in 1970. Step and warm your hands by the fire while getting expert information from a friendly local and picking up brochures, books and perhaps a gift which will help keep this fabulous little building alive.

Orbost Exhibition Centre

The curved modern roofline of this modern timber building behind the Slab Hut showcases the ongoing significance of timber to the town of Orbost. Run by volunteers, the building houses a permanent Woodworking Exhibition, as well as visiting exhibitions and a live performances space. Read more

Orbost Museum

Curated and managed by the Orbost Historical Society the small but excellent local musem is housed in the local library on Ruskin Street, just 50 metres from the main street. 

Old Butter Factory

A large rambling building 300 metres from the Slab Hut and adjacent to the Snowy River which was once central to the local dairy industry. Visit the  Facebook page created by the current owners for both historic photos and it's ongoing story of restoration.



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Parks, Gardens and Pool in Orbost

Sensory Garden.

The community managed Sensory Garden is just two blocks off and parallel the main street,with a plant collection is curated to engage all five senses year round. The meandering path through the gardens also looks out over the adjacent farmland continues past the old Butter Factory to reach Forest Park and the Riverside Path.

Forest Park

This wide green space featuring a collection of exotic soft- and hard wood species also has a childrens playground, undercover picnic area with barbecues and toilets. It greets visitors as they enter the main street off the highway exit, and is popular spot with drivers on the Princes Hwy needing a break with space for kids and pets to run around.

Forest Park is also the starting point for several trails to walk or cycle: the Riverside Path and the link track out to the East Gippsland Rail Trail.

Skate Park

Accessed from Salisbury Street in the Orbost Recreation Reserve this is a 'sweet little concrete park with some flat bar, ledge, quarters, flat bank with curb at top etc'. Read more.

Swimming pool

The Olympic sized public pool is adjacent to the Skate Park, and also accessed from Salisbury Street. Read more.

Pump Track

Head down to the Lochiel Street Reserve to find this neat little pump track in the southern corner, which is also on the trail linking Orbost (link to cycle page)) to the East Gippsland Rail Trail.