Top 10 things to do all year round in Orange
1. Spend the afternoon touring the region's finest cellar doors.
Tucked among rolling, vine-covered hills, outback paddocks and winding country lanes, lies Orange NSW wine country. Home to more than 60 vineyards and 40 cellar doors, discover a lacework of wine trails leading to an impressive range of wineries and vineyards, each with their own unique charms.
2. Experience fine dining in a country setting
Long-renowned for not only its incredible local wine and produce, Orange NSW’s food scene is on a meteoric trajectory. The quality of dining to be found in the region is not just impressive for a country town, but anywhere.
3. Lake & Mountain Drive
Hit the road and discover the diverse landscape and dramatic views across Orange NSW by car. From peak-filled panoramas to impossibly bucolic farmland and wine-covered valleys, there’s no shortage of good views at every turn.
4. Visit a farmgate
For a truly authentic experience, shop for produce the way the locals do and visit one of the many orchards in the region to buy directly from the grower. Manu producers also offer a pick-your-own-fruit experience.
5. Discover the historic village of Millthorpe
A picturesque heritage-listed town, Millthorpe NSW is a step back to the 1900s with a contemporary edge. Cobbled, bluestone-lined streets border relatively unchanged 19th century buildings, many now housing fine dining restaurants, sophisticated homewares stores or boutique accommodation. Most were constructed towards the end of the 19th century; the former Grand Western Lodge and Millthorpe Railway Station being two of many fine examples. Grand verandahs with cast iron lattice balustrades shelter shopfronts with traces of their past lives still etched onto the glass windows.
6. Visit one of Orange's glorious parks and Gardens
Well-known for its abundance of European trees and superb autumn colour, it is no surprise that some of the prime Orange attractions are its spectacular gardens, parks and reserves.
Visitors to the town will find they are spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful parks and gardens. Discover enormous trees dating back to the 1880s towering over original century-old fountains, bandstands and conservatories; contemporary gardens with varied landscapes of orchards, billabongs and woodlands that tell a story of the region’s past and present; an elegant park with formal Victorian-style gardens that pay homage to the town’s fallen war heroes or take a walk along a poplar-lined creek filled with ducks and reeds.
7. Sample and stock up on local produce
For decades, shops in Orange NSW have been considered the retail hub of the district, with multiple shopping centres and independent stores catering to all aspects of life for local residents. However thanks to increasingly sophisticated consumer tastes, the already robust Orange retail scene is now well and truly flourishing and has begun to attract shoppers from much further afield.
8. Experience a hot air balloon ride in Canowindra
Beside the Belubula river in the beautiful red-earth countryside, sits the town of Canowindra NSW. Well known for hot air ballooning and fish fossil discoveries, today it is also an arts and tourism hub in the region.
The town’s charming main street has an old-world air, with verandah posts lining its unique curved street. 19th century buildings remain, housing a number of boutique homewares stores and art galleries, however Canowindra has retained the integrity and character of a classic country town.
9. Explore the picture-perfect village of Carcoar
The picture-perfect village of Carcoar is nestled in a small sheltered valley beside the meandering Belubula River. A true historic gem, it is the third-oldest settlement west of the Blue Mountains. With a spectacular backdrop of rolling green hills, it is easy to see why the area was a drawcard for early settlers. The town has been classified by the National Trust because of its large number of preserved 19th century buildings.
10. Experience the Orange Regional Museum Precinct
Discover the region's history in a thoroughly modern setting. Located in Orange's cultural hub by the library and theatre, this award-winning building houses the Orange Regional Museum, Museum Shop and Visitor Information Centre. Don't miss the excellent adjacent cafe, Groundstone.