Orchards, vineyards, rich agricultural lands… small wonder the countryside around Molong is known as Australia’s ‘food basket’. Tucked into the rolling green hills of the Macquarie Ranges, the town itself is a charming historic village, its heritage-listed main street lined with grand colonial buildings, today home to vibrant galleries and boutiques. Bring your appetite and thirst, because there are plenty of great restaurants and cellar doors to visit in this part of the Orange wine region.
Amble through bountiful orchards at Hillside Harvest during the warmer months and pick your share of delicious stone fruits. For more produce as well as handicrafts and knick-knacks, be sure to explore the Molong Village Markets, held annually during April, June and October. Excite the taste buds further at Orange F.O.O.D Week, which steals the show every April, and the Orange Wine Festival in October.
Molong locals are proud of the town’s history, and take great care to preserve it for future generations. Take time to visit Yuranigh's Aboriginal Grave Historic Site. The Wiradjuri Aboriginal man was assistant to the explorer Sir Thomas Mitchell, and the grave is the only known site in Australia where Aboriginal and European burial practises co-exist. The beautifully restored Cobb & Co Coach House is also home to historical artefacts.
For handicrafts and artwork, visit the nearby Yarn Market Craft Cottage. Lime and Stone is a specialised homewares and gift store that doubles as a café; Molong Stores sells a selection of artisan wares, local produce and an impressive range of hats; and Booful Gifts & Homewares is packed with handmade woollen clothing and bespoke pieces to decorate your interiors.
There are a number of accommodation options in Molong and surrounds, from motels and guesthouses to farm stays and charming cottages such as the picturesque Dragonfly Cottages and Small Acres Cottage, located on the grounds of Small Acres Cyder among the apple orchards.
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