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.
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.
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.