Perfect for any time of year, Orange is a thriving country town as rich in heritage as it is in award-winning restaurants, boutique shops, magnificent 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.
From apples and berries to truffles and grass-fed beef, Orange is renowned for its produce. Enjoy local wines paired with contemporary cuisine at acclaimed restaurants such as Lolli Redini, The Union Bank and Sisters Rock. The eclectic Birdie Noshery and Drinking Establishment also has a superb craft beer and cocktail list. For gourmet delights and fresh food, visit The Agrestic Grocer and the Orange Farmers Market, or grab a gelato at the Spilt Milk Bar.
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. Time your visit with Orange F.O.O.D Week in April or the Orange Wine Month in October.
Walks & trails
A great way to learn about the history and heritage of Orange is to explore the self-guided Orange Heritage Trail. Pick up a brochure from the Visitor Information Centre, 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.
The landscapes near the city of Orange are spectacular. Visit Pinnacle Reserve and Lookout, where you will find picnic shelters near a trail that climbs to beautiful views of Towac Valley. Mount Canobolas, an ancient volcano, has a variety of walks, such as the Spring Glade walking track. Further west is Nangar National Park, where you can admire breathtaking views from the lookout.
Galleries & gardens
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 brushstrokes of colour and Cook Park is like an artwork in its own right. There are also gift shops, boutiques and private galleries to explore.
Established in 2014, the Corner Store Boutique Gallery is an independent space that is 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. You’ll also find works from local artists at the eclectic The Sonic lifestyle store.
Getting there & where to stay
The drive west from Sydney to Orange takes you through the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains and is around 3h 40 min. You can also catch a train, which takes just under five hours, or fly into Orange Airport. You’ll find plenty of places to stay, from the Duntryleague Guesthouse or Quest Apartments, to glamping tents, charming cottages, B&Bs, motels, pubs, and caravan and campsites.