Orange Heritage and Culture

Orange has a rich history, from the original Aboriginal custodians and owners, the Wiradjuri people, to the gold rush of the 1800s. It was the home of an array of colourful characters and is dotted with beautiful heritage towns and villages. Take a tour to learn about the region’s past, visit one of the museums or simply stroll through the streets and immerse yourself in this historic region.

The front exterior of Duntryleague Golf Club in Orange, NSW

Museums and Tours

Music enthusiasts will love the Golden Era Piano Museum, with over 40 historic keyboard instruments on display. Discover ancient fish from the Devonian Period at the Age of Fishes Museum and visit the gravesite of Yuranigh, the only known site in Australia where Aboriginal and European burial practices coexist.

Learn about the life and works of great Australian poet Banjo Paterson at the More Than A Poet Exhibition in Yeoval, the town where he grew up. In 1851, gold was discovered in Ophir, spurring the start of the first Australian gold rush. Find out about notorious Frank Gardiner–Ben Hall Gang, who committed a series of gold robberies on Blind Freddy's Bushranger Tours.

The streets of Millthorpe Village streets in Orange, NSW

Heritage Towns and Villages

Wander through the quaint streets of Millthorpe, a heritage listed village, and be sure to visit the Golden Memories Museum. A 20-minute drive from here is Carcoar, full of beautifully preserved 19th century buildings. In Canowindra, visit the Royal Hotel Canowindra, built on the site of Robinson’s Inn, which was taken over for three days by Ben Hall and his gang in 1863.