With acclaimed wineries and cellar doors, fine dining, glorious parks and gardens, fabulous shopping and charming heritage villages, Orange makes for an unforgettable country break. When you’ve had your fill of wine and food (if that’s ever possible), drive the endless rural roads to your heart’s content or take to the skies in a hot-air balloon for an altogether different perspective.
With a high altitude and rich volcanic soil from nearby Mount Canobolas, the Orange wine region enjoys perfect conditions to produce cool climate wines. Local boutique wineries around Orange, Blayney, Millthorpeand Canowindra make a variety of wines, including award winning shiraz and cabernet sauvignon.
A great way to learn about the history and heritage of Orange is to explore the self-guided Orange Heritage Trail. Take a scenic drive to the historic villages of Carcoar, Barry or Lyndhurst, Mandurama and Neville, and imbibe some old world ambience at classic pubs such as the Royal Hotel Mandurama and the Royal Hotel Carcoar.
In Molong the restored Cobb & Co Coachhouse has displays of local history. In Canowindra, stop for a drink at the Royal Hotel, the site of Ben Hall’s most daring escapade. Join Blind Freddy’s Bushranger Tours to find out more. You can also learn about the traditional custodians of the land, the Wiradjuri People, on an Indigenous Cultural Adventures tour.
Join Aussie Balloontrek orBalloon Joy Flights and see the region’s beauty from above in Canowindra, the hot air balloon capital of Australia. Time your visit to coincide with the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge in April. A highlight of the festival is the Balloon Glow and night markets where you’ll enjoy local produce, wine, crafts and entertainment.
The drive west from Sydney to the Orange region takes you through the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountainsand takes around 3h 30 min. You can also catch a train, which takes just under five hours, or fly to Orange Airport.
Fly into Orange Airport
Orange Airport is 15km from the Orange town centre. Make the short trip into the city using the taxi services at the terminal or ride-sharing Uber. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.
Qantas flies direct from Sydney to Orange four times a week and Regional Express flies direct from Sydney on weekdays. Link Airways operates direct flights from Orange to Brisbane six days a week and Orange to Melbourne four days a week.
A winemaker's guide to Orange
A winemaker's guide to Orange
This cool climate wine region is the perfect place to escape for wine, food and culture, offering highly acclaimed restaurants, fashionable cafes, growers markets, designer shopping, art galleries and more.
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