Enjoy an unforgettable getaway in the exquisite rolling hills of the Orange region, where acclaimed vineyards, lush orchards, boutique shopping experiences and beautifully preserved heritage are paired with stunning natural surroundings. You’ll also find renowned food and wine festivals that bring together the best local talent and flavours.
Food & wine
With a high altitude and rich volcanic soil from nearby Mount Canobolas, the Orange wine region enjoys perfect conditions to produce cool climate wines. Local boutique wineries around Orange, Blayney, Millthorpe and Canowindra make a variety of wines, including award winning shiraz and cabernet sauvignon.
Enjoy food and wine tasting with panoramic views at Nashdale Lane Wines. Local wines are also paired with seasonal menus at acclaimed restaurants such as Lolli Redini, Antica Australis, Tonic and The Union Bank. For a craft beer or cocktail visit the eclectic Birdie Noshery & Drinking Establishment, or grab a gelato at the Spilt Milk Bar. Time your visit with Orange F.O.O.D Week in April or Orange Wine Month in October.
Heritage & history
A great way to learn about the history and heritage of Orange is to explore the self-guided Orange Heritage Trail. Take a scenic drive to the historic villages of Carcoar, Barry or Lyndhurst, Mandurama and Neville, and imbibe some old world ambience at classic pubs such as the Royal Hotel Mandurama and the Royal Hotel Carcoar.
In Molong the restored Cobb & Co Coachhouse has displays of local history. In Canowindra, stop for a drink at the Royal Hotel, the site of Ben Hall’s most daring escapade. Join Blind Freddy’s Bushranger Tours to find out more. You can also learn about the traditional custodians of the land, the Wiradjuri People, on an Indigenous Cultural Adventures tour.
Nature & hiking trails
The ancient volcano of Mount Canobolas is home to 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. Visit Pinnacle Reserve and Lookout, where you can relax in picnic shelters near a trail to Town Pinnacle, overlooking Towac Valley. The area is also renowned for mountain biking.
Join Aussie Balloontrek or Balloon Joy Flights and see the region’s beauty from above in Canowindra, the hot air balloon capital of Australia. Time your visit to coincide with the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge in April. A highlight of the festival is the Balloon Glow and night markets where you’ll enjoy local produce, wine, crafts and entertainment.
Getting there & where to stay
The drive west from Sydney to the Orange region takes you through the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains and takes around 3h 30 min. You can also catch a train, which takes just under five hours, or fly to the Orange Airport. You’ll find plenty of places to stay, from the grand Duntryleague Guesthouse and charming Cadogan Country House, set on a picturesque cattle property, to cottages, B&Bs, motels, pubs, and caravan and campsites.