Nature & Outdoors

Known for dramatic rolling hills, bright autumnal colours and crisp snowy winters, the Orange region of NSW has plenty of splendour to explore all year round. Hike through spectacular national parks, marvel at the rich natural tapestry in a hot air balloon or enjoy a tour through wine country while sampling local produce.

Farm animals at Rowlee Wines, Nashdale, in the Orange wine region

Bushwalks & hiking

Surrounded by stunning countryside, the Orange region has many walking trails to enjoy. Visit Pinnacle Reserve and Lookout, where you will find bluestone picnic shelters and barbeques. From here you can hike along a trail that climbs to Towac Pinnacle, where you will enjoy beautiful views of Towac Valley.

View from Pinnacle Lookout in Orange, Country NSW

Take in the dramatic peaks of Nangar National Parkon one of many walking trails. You’ll also spot kangaroos, falcons and wedge-tailed eagles. The wooded hills also contain 4WD trails and camping grounds. Admire more views from Summits Walking Trackbetween the peaks of Old Man Canobolas and Young Man Canobolas.

A Balloon Joy Flight hot air balloon readying for a morning flight over Canowindra.

Explore the countryside

Known as the balloon capital of Australia, Canowindra is the perfect destination to take a hot air balloon flight on gentle winds and over open countryside. Balloon Joy Flights offer sunrise flights followed by a champagne breakfast. Keen golfers will also love the championship 18 hole Duntryleague Golf Course.

Man enjoying a round of golf at Duntryleague Golf Club's championship golf course in Orange, Country NSW

Relax in historic Cook Park, walk to the impressive limestone Verandah Cave, or cycle the Kinross Forest Trails. Get back to nature with an afternoon of fruit picking at Thornbrook Orchard. Explore the surrounding countryside further with Winery Experiences Orange, who provide full day private and personalised winery tours.

Couple enjoying a cultural tour with Indigenous Cultural Adventures owner and founder Gerald Power in Orange, Country NSW

Indigenous culture

Learn about the traditional custodians of the land, the Wiradjuri People, on an Indigenous Cultural Adventures tour. Hosted and guided by local Wiradjuri Elders, these tours take you off the beaten path to share the significant heritage of the surrounding land, which the First Nations people have lived on for 50,000 years.