Famed for its fresh produce, cool climate wines, colourful foliage and snowy Winters, Orange is a gorgeous getaway in Country NSW. Discover award-winning restaurants, boutique shops, beautiful gardens and bustling markets, all set in the shadow of a striking ancient volcano.
A great way to learn about the history and heritage of Orange is to ramble along the self-guided Orange Heritage Trail. Pick up a brochure from the Visitor Information Centre, where the walk begins, and wind your way around the pretty streets and parks. You’ll see more than 40 places of historical interest and beauty.
Enjoy local wines at cellar doors or paired with contemporary cuisine at stylish restaurants such as Lolli Redini and Racine, which are regional regulars in the national Good Food Guide. Wine bars like Ferment, Union Bank, Percy’s and Byng Street Local Store also celebrate acclaimed local drops.
From apples and berries to truffles and grass-fed beef, the Orange region is renowned for its produce. The Agrestic Grocer and the Orange Farmers Market sell gourmet delights and fresh food. There are also winery tours and annual events such as Orange F.O.O.D Week and the Orange Wine Festival.
In between sipping on stellar varietals, factor in some time to visit the Orange Botanic Gardens and Orange Regional Gallery. The four distinct seasons in Orange paint the parks and gardens in broad brush strokes of colour and Cook Park is like an artwork in its own right. There are also gift shops, boutiques and private galleries to explore.
The landscapes near the city of Orange are spectacular. Mount Canobolas, an ancient volcano, forms a dramatic backdrop and the Spring Glade walking track to the summit is a must do. Further west is Nangar National Park, where you can admire breathtaking views from the lookout.
Getting to Orange is easy. The drive west from Sydney through the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains takes 3h 40 min. You can also take a train or fly to the town’s airport. You’ll find plenty of places to stay, from the grand Duntryleague Guesthouse to charming cottages, B&Bs, motels, pubs, and caravan and campsites.