Journey to Molong and enjoy everything from heritage charm to cellar doors in this rural town in the beautiful Orange region. Stroll down the main street, which is classified by the National Trust, to find grand colonial buildings, galleries and gift shops, such as Jayes Gallery and Café where you can browse local arts and crafts.
The surrounding Orange wine region is acclaimed for its cool climate wines. A good place to start is the award-winning Printhie Wines, just outside Molong, where you can sip wines with a local label. A short drive southeast of Molong is Borenore and the cellar doors of Faisan Estate Wines and Orange Mountain Wines.
Borenore is also home to champion cider maker Small Acres Cyder, where you can sample various ciders made from local apples in the tasting room on weekends. Enjoy special food and cider events during Orange F.O.O.D Week, held annually in Autumn, and the fabulous Orange Wine Festival in Spring.
While in the area, take a moment to pause at Yuranigh's Aboriginal Grave Historic Site about 4km south of Molong. The Wiradjuri Aboriginal man was assistant to explorer and surveyor Sir Thomas Mitchell, and the grave is the only known site in Australia where Aboriginal and European burial practises coexist.
The whimsical Animals on Bikes art sculpture trail, northwest of Molong, is a great way to enjoy the scenic drive to Yeoval, where famous poet Banjo Paterson grew up. Have a cuppa at Clancy's Café before meandering around the Banjo Paterson Museum, which is home to the Banjo Paterson…More than a Poet exhibition.
Follow the Arch Loop Track in the Borenore Karst Conservation Area south of Molong to find the Borenore Caves, a series of ancient limestone chambers. Bring a torch so you can see the stalactites, stalagmites, columns and flowstones inside, and pack a blanket and provisions for a BBQ at the grassy Borenore picnic area.
Molong is just over four hours from Sydney by car. You can also catch a train or fly to Orange, a 30-minute drive away. Accommodation includes country pubs, motor inns, cottages to rent, a caravan park and a 19th century schoolhouse converted into two luxury self-contained apartments.