Things to Do in Orange
Orange, one of the most beautiful and productive areas in NSW, is also now becoming one of the most exciting food and wine regions in Australia. Due to its cool climate and rich volcanic soils, the produce ranges from stone fruits and sheep's cheeses to fungi and grapes and about 40 cool-climate wineries operate in the area.
Orange is known as Australia's Colour City with its four distinct seasons where colours are showcased through the city's beautiful parks and the Orange Botanic Gardens. The area has many attractions, from historic buildings and streetscapes to cosmopolitan cafes, restaurants and theatres. There are over 30 restaurants and 13 pubs.
Where is it and how do you get there?
Orange is located in the Central West of NSW and is approximately 258 kilometres from Sydney.
The Dubbo XPT runs daily from Sydney and stops at Orange. On Mondays only the Broken Hill Explorer runs from Sydney and stops at Orange. In addition, NSW TrainLink run daily services from Sydney to Lithgow with connecting coaches to Orange.
To check times, use the booking form on the left.
A comprehensive bus service operates throughout Orange and buses are available to outlying villages, extending to Mt Canobolas, Spring Hill, Millthorpe, Lucknow and Molong. There is also a taxi service, hire car companies, coach tour operators and bicycle paths.
What to do and see
Take a walk along the Orange Heritage Trail through the streets of Orange that reflect a rich tapestry from the traditional Wiradjuri land owners, to the settlers, gold miners and commercial traders.
Visit the National Trust listed Cook Park, almost five beautiful hectares of parkland close to the city, which was named in honour of Captain James Cook. Planted over 120 years ago, Cook Park has a rotunda where bands often play, an aviary, historic Blowes Conservatory containing begonias, a lattice fernery, sunken rose garden and swings for play.
Stroll through the beautiful Orange Botanic Gardens covering over 17 hectares. The gardens feature an impressive native and exotic plant collection and include a traditional homestead garden, woodlands, heritage orchard and heritage rose garden.
Next to the Orange Botanic Gardens, take the kids to the Adventure Playground, which is a free area for children of all ages to enjoy with a farm tractor, swings, slides, climbing wall, tree house and rocket all made from timber. The playground is wheelchair friendly and has picnic and barbecue facilities. As well as the playground, Orange has skate parks and a BMX track for the kids.
Visit the Lake Canobolas Reserve located at the foot of Mt Canobolas which offers picnic facilities, camping areas, waterfalls and bush walking tracks. At the foot of Mount Canobolas is a large tranquil lake, a haven for native birds and other wildlife such as the echidna, where you can sail boats, swim and fish.
The Orange Region Farmers' Markets, open the second Saturday of each month, celebrates local produce from the Orange area with over 40 stalls. The markets feature flowers and plants, fruit and vegetables, artisan bread, cheeses, smoked trout, olives and olive oil, venison, mustards, gourmet preserves, free range chickens and eggs and much more.
At the Huntley Berry Farm have a picnic and pick your own strawberries, brambleberries, raspberries, currants, blueberries or gooseberries.
Pan for gold at nearby Ophir Reserve which is the site of Australia’s first payable gold field, dating from 1851. Picnic by the river and try your luck at fishing.
Not far from Orange is historic Millthorpe where you can take a self-guide walking tour. Millthorpe is a living museum with a heritage streetscape that remains largely untouched and is home to a rural museum, award winning restaurants, arts and antiques, boutique shops, hotels, wine tasting and cosy accommodation.