Orange Area

Highlights

With acclaimed cool-climate wines, abundant fresh produce and fine restaurants, the Orange region is a delicious escape. Enjoy festivals such as F.O.O.D Week and the Orange Wine Week. You’ll find fascinating attractions too, including the Age of the Fishes Museum, impressive colonial buildings and an ancient volcano.

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About the Orange region

The beautiful Orange region in Country NSW enjoys an outstanding reputation for fresh produce and excellent cool-climate wines, thanks to Mount Canobolas’ volcanic soils and altitude. You’ll be delighted with the delicious food and wine experiences, including wine tours, festivals, markets and even farm tours.

There are more than 80 vineyards and the produce ranges from apples and stone fruits to fungi and venison. Join in the celebrations at the F.O.O.D. Week (Food Of Orange District) in autumn and the Orange Wine Festival in spring. Among the fine range of restaurants are award-winning Tonic, Lolli Redini and Racine.

Orange, Central NSW

Getting to the Orange region is easy and you’ll find plenty of places to stay. The drive northwest from Sydney, via the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, to the vibrant city of Orange is 3h 40 min. Or take a scenic train from Sydney through the mountains. Flights from Sydney to Orange Airport take only 50 minutes.

Complementing the gourmet delights is an exciting events calendar of cycling, running and ballooning festivals. The rich heritage is a big drawcard, too, with impressive colonial buildings streetscapes, tales of gold and bushrangers, museums, galleries and poetry. Great Australian poet Banjo Patterson, who wrote the epic The Man from Snowy River, was born near Orange.

Sunset over an orchard, Orange

In charming towns you’ll discover many fascinating things to do and see, such as the Ages of Fishes Museum in Canowindra, which is also known as Australia’s balloon capital. The museum contains 360-million-year-old fossils discovered in 1955 in Canowindra, southwest of Orange. The Canowindra International Balloon Challenge is a breathtaking spectacle and the main street is heritage listed.

Another splendid streetscape is in historic Millthorpe, southeast of Orange. Enjoy delectable creations at Tonic and visit the Golden Memories Millthorpe Museum. Nearby in Blayney and surrounding villages are more National Trust buildings and classic pubs, such as the Royal Hotel Mandurama, built in 1899.

Church spire, Orange

The first Australian discovery of gold in payable amounts was in 1851 at Ophir, northeast of Orange. Hire a gold pan and try your luck panning at Summer Hill Creek. There are more cellar doors and heritage buildings in pretty Molong, northwest of Orange. From Molong, take the Banjo Paterson Way to Yeoval for the poet’s childhood home and the Banjo Paterson exhibition.

Fly into Orange Airport

Orange Airport is located 15 km from Orange’s town centre. Use the taxi services to make the short trip southeast. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Regional Express services the airport with various weekly direct flights to and from Sydney. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney for travel into Orange.

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  1. A Slice of Orange

    A Slice of Orange

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  2. Angullong Wines

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  4. Bonny Glen Fruits

    Bonny Glen Fruits

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  • Blayney Blayney, a small farming town in Country NSW, is a great base for exploring regional heritage sites.
  • Canowindra In Canowindra, travel back 360 million years to see rare fossils in the amazing Age of Fishes Museum.
  • Millthorpe Millthorpe has fine restaurants and a range of accommodation, including charming B&Bs and exclusive retreats
  • Molong Molong is a thriving rural town with plenty of old-world charm, 1800s heritage buildings, and great food and
  • Orange Orange is famous for its cold-weather produce, premium food and fine wines. Don't miss F.O.O.D. Week in Apri