Winter or summer, Orange is the kind of destination that is perfect to visit year-round. The thriving country town is as rich in heritage as it is in award-winning restaurants, boutique shops, glorious gardens and bustling markets. Famed for its rich produce-yielding soils, cool-climate wines and spectacular scenery, this gateway to Country NSW will keep you coming back.
Set aside time to visit some of the 60 vineyards that dot the surrounding countryside, like Philip Shaw, Nashdale Lane, Ross Hill and Swinging Bridge. Or sample them all at the sleek Ferment wine centre, which acts as the city cellar door for many vineyards. Explore further with a Country Food Trails tour – there are five to choose from, or you can have the team customise one just for you.
A great way to learn about the history and heritage of Orange is to explore the self-guided Orange Heritage Trail. Head to the Visitor Information Centre to pick up a brochure, which details more than 40 places of historical interest and beauty. The walk takes approximately 90min to complete and showcases some of Orange’s finest buildings.
Budding botanist? You’ll want to linger in the Orange Botanic Gardens, where the four distinct seasons paint flora in broad brushstrokes of colour. It’s a similar story at Cook Park – like an artwork in its own right.
Orange naturally attracts creative locals, and they show off their talent at the town’s many gift shops, boutiques and galleries. A highlight is the Orange Regional Gallery, home to an impressive of modern, contemporary and public art. Established in 2014, the Corner Store Boutique Gallery is also worth visiting, the independent space home to diverse works from emerging and established artists and designers across a variety of mediums. Set within a heritage corner shop, the gallery also hosts a number of workshops, pop-ups and community events. Plus, you can pick up pieces to take home. You’ll also find works from local artists at the eclectic The Sonic lifestyle store and The White Place.
The drive west from Sydney to Orange takes you through the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains and takes around 3h 40min. You can also catch a train, which takes just under five hours, or fly to Orange Airport, which is 15km from the Orange town centre.
Step inside one of Orange's best hotels: Byng Street Boutique Hotel
Using bold colours to highlight the features of the original homestead and the new modern extension to the heritage building, every part of this boutique hotel has been thoughtfully and lovingly considered. Go behind the scenes.
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