Orange Area

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.

Mayfield Vineyard, Orange

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.

Church spire - Orange

In charming towns you’ll discover many fascinating things to do and see, such as the Age 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.

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.

Orange Airport

Fly into Orange Airport

Orange Airport is 15km from Orange’s 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.

There are direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Orange.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Immerse: Angela Coombs Matthews

    Tuesday 18 December 2018 to Sunday 20 January 2019 , Orange

    The last 2018 exhibition for the gallery is by widely acclaimed artist Angela Coombs Matthews. Angela creates landscapes using a wide range of mediums and colour pallets yet practices with consistent form and structure. Influenced by…

    18 Dec - 20 Jan
  2. Family Fun Days at Duntryleague

    Sunday 23 December 2018 to Sunday 14 April 2019 , Orange

    Join them at Duntryleague for their Family Fun Days held on selected Sundays. Activities include a kids golf workshop, activities table and an inflatable obstacle course. Kids menu and snack bar will be available. This will be fun for the…

    23 Dec - 14 Apr
  3. Dark Skies at Dindima

    Saturday 12 January 2019 , Orange

    Join them at Dindima Wines for a picnic in the vineyard followed by stargazing and star stories presented by astronomers Trevor and Tina Leaman. This occasion is a 100 Hours of Astronomy Registered Event that is part of the global…

    12 Jan
  4. Berry Patch Arts Festival

    Saturday 12 January 2019 , Orange

    The Berry Patch Festival is held on January 12 at Huntley Berry Farm, just behind Orange airport. This is a not for profit event where local artists can come together to support one another and gain exposure. Entry is a gold coin donation…

    12 Jan
  5. Orange Farmers Market

    Saturday 12 January 2019 to Saturday 11 January 2020 , Orange

    The Orange Region Farmers Market is held on the second Saturday of every month and showcases local produce strictly from the Orange region. Meet the producers and taste their fresh seasonal produce. Over 60 stalls featuring flowers and…

    12 Jan - 11 Jan
  6. Chill Out Sundays at Duntryleague

    Saturday 26 January 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019 , Orange

    Come and relax on the lawn at Duntryleague, listen to live music, catch up with friends, enjoy great food and local wine. Selected Sundays at Duntryleague plus a special Australia Day version on Saturday 26 January.…

    26 Jan - 28 Apr