100 Mile Diet

If you love good food and wine, then make your way to Country NSW to enjoy some of the best produce, wines and dining in the State. There's no better way to explore this bounty than on a 100 Mile Diet tour of the region, eating food that's locally grown and produced.

Orange is known as a high quality source of rare and exotic produce while Mudgee has many established vineyards, and DubboBathurst and Cowra have a reputation for fine food and wine.

Orange, Central NSW

Day 1: Depart Lithgow / Arrive Orange

Lithgow to Lidsdale: Drive to Lidsdale, just outside Lithgow, to taste fresh goat cheese at the Jannei Goat Dairy.

Lidsdale to Orange: Continue west through Bathurst to Orange where you'll find great cafes on Summer Street; many showcasing regional produce, including cheeses, wines, oils and more. The region hosts great food and wine events all year round. Visit in late October, for example, to enjoy Orange Wine Week, which focuses on local wines and produce.

Orange: Relax with a massage at Duntryleague Guesthouse's Wellness Sanctuary or play a round of golf at the property's championship course. For dinner, Racine Restaurant's combination of locally-sourced wine and produce ensures you'll return to your accommodation happy and well fed.

Day 2: Depart Orange / Arrive Cowra

Orange: Browse the town's gourmet food stores, including The Essential Ingredient. If it happens to be the second Saturday of the month, treat your tastebuds at the Farmer's Market. Or, if you have the time, why not take part in a dog-led truffle hunt in nearby Millthorpe.

Orange to Borenore: Drive west to rural Borenore for a coffee at the Borenore General Store. Borenore Caves Reserve is a great place to enjoy an outdoor picnic with the local produce you have bought. Alternatively, visit some cellar doors or drop into the fig orchard or local berry farm to pick your own fruit.

Borenore to Canowindra: Drive 50 minutes through gorgeous scenery, olive groves and orchards and visit any of countless vineyards before stopping in Canowindra . Stroll the heritage-listed main street, visit The Age of Fishes Museum - where they have fossils up to 360 million years old.

Canowindra to Cowra: Drive south to Cowra to fill your car with treats from the Cowra Smokehouse and numerous vineyards. In spring, the cherry blossom is out and you can stroll through the Japanese Garden to make room for dinner, made with local produce, in the cosy courtyard of The Quarry Restaurant. Spend the night in a luxury cottage at Everview Retreat.

Day 3: Depart Cowra / Arrive Dubbo

Cowra to Parkes: Drive to Parkes to tour the famous 'Dish' telescope and pop into The Dish Cafe for some regional goodies.

Parkes to Dubbo: Next, head north to Dubbo and proceed to the cafe at Lazy River Estate for lunch followed by locally made gelato. See over 1,500 animals from all over the world at Taronga Western Plains Zoo before dropping your bags at your accommodation - there is plenty to choose from in this popular stopover town. Dubbo also boasts a variety of clubs, cafes and restaurants serving delicious dinners.

Day 4: Depart Dubbo / Arrive Lithgow

Dubbo to Gulgong: Sample Macquarie Valley wines and then drive to historic Gulgong, once home to Henry Lawson, a well known Australian writer and poet. Stop for a walk and coffee on Mayne Street.

Gulgong to Mudgee: Continue to Mudgee, a gourmet haven famous for its wine and honey production. Begin at Leaning Oak Winery and Dairy, where you can milk a goat, then create your own vintage at a cheese-making workshop. Next is the Mudgee Brewing Company - a constant favourite specialising in handcrafted beers distilled with local water. It also has a great restaurant for lunch, dinner or even a quick snack.

If you're there on the third Sunday of the month, try a Mudgee Farm Walk through local working farms highlighting Mudgee's free-range, organic and home-grown produce, or visit in September to experience Mudgee Wine Month.

Mudgee to Lithgow: Finally, make the 90 minute drive back to Lithgow. This suggested itinerary concludes here. But if you're still hungry for more, remember there is so much of this abundant region to taste and explore.