Orange is growing rapidly as a gourmet food capital in recent years, with a strong focus on wine production and locally produced fruits. Orange produces plenty of fruit such as apples, pears and peaches. However, oranges are not grown in Orange! The town was named in 1846 in honor of Prince William of Orange and is home to natural attractions and cultural experiences and heritage in a country setting. What’s there to do in this country town in NSW? Well here’s a quick look at some of the must-dos of Orange:
Located on a part of the Great Dividing Range is Mount Canobolas which has an elevation of 1390 metres above sea level. This extinct volcano is the highest mountain in the Central Tablelands region. At the summit of the mountain, you can check out a 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside area. If reaching the summit is out of the question, there are simple walking tracks such as the Federal Falls Walk and the Hopetoun Falls Walk.
Below the mountain is Lake Canobolas, a man-made lake. Lake Canobolas Reserve is perfect for swimming, canoeing and picnicking. There’s lots of BBQ facilities and amenities in the area making it a great place to bring the family to. It is also a good place for fishing, as Lake Canobolas is stocked regularly with trout.
Orange Heritage Trail
Grab a brochure from the Visitor Information Centre and make your way along one of 20 marked driving trails that showcase the unique heritage of Orange. There are also walking trails, namely the Orange Heritage Trail which is a 1.5 hour long walk that passes by buildings and sites of historic significance in Orange such as the Holy Trinity Church of Orange, Duntryleague, Orange Court House and the Orange Town Hall., which are all splendid examples of 19th century Victorian style buildings.
On top of the many events in Orange, Orange F.O.O.D Week (Food of Orange District) is a regional food festival that is considered to be one of the top 10 food festivals in Australia and is actually the longest running one in the country! It showcases the region’s fresh produce and award-winning wines, and also provides exposure and recognition to food producers, chefs and caterers in the region.
If you’re after more frequently occurring events, check out the Orange Region Farmers Market every second Saturday where you will find local produce such as fruit and veggies, flowers and plants, cheese, olive oil and more!
Orange Regional Gallery
In this regional gallery you’ll find Australian contemporary paintings and prints, other arts and crafts such as jewellery and ceramics, and things that represent the agricultural history of Orange. It’s the go-to place in the Central West region for visual arts, with an average of 25 exhibitions per year.
The Borenore Caves at the Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve is a series of limestone caves known for their karst qualities. There are more than 40 caves in this conservation reserve, with the most popular being Arch Cave, Tunnel Cave and Verandah Cave. Note: you’ll need sturdy shoes and definitely a torch because Tunnel Cave is naturally not very well-lit so you’ll be in the dark!