Orange

Cotton harvesting, John Krutop / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 35338

Before European occupation this area was home to the Wiradjuri people, who thrived on the plentiful bush tucker resulting from the fertile volcanic soil and the abundant kangaroos and wallabies. The town was named by explorer Sir Thomas Mitchell after the Dutch Prince of Orange – they had fought together in a war in Spain. Today the prosperous 'colour city' on the slopes of Mount Canobolas enjoys a reputation for excellent food, wine, parks and gardens. It is also known for its goldmining history and as the birthplace of renowned Australian poet A. B. (Banjo) Paterson.

Visitor Information

Cnr Byng and Peisley sts; (02) 6393 8226 or 1800 069 466

www.visitorange.com.au

Nearby national parks

  • Wollemi National Park

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  • Kanangra–Boyd National Park

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  • Blue Mountains National Park

    Blue Mountains National Park presents an astounding and unique landscape to its millions of visitors. The terrain ripples and folds, a world...more

Nearby towns

  • Blayney

    Blayney is a farming town in the central tablelands. National Trust–classified buildings and avenues of deciduous trees add a touch of charm...more

  • Bathurst

    Bathurst, on the western side of the Great Dividing Range, is Australia's oldest inland settlement. Prior to the arrival of European...more

  • Canowindra

    Canowindra, meaning 'home' in the Wiradjuri language, is in the Lachlan Valley with sandstone mountains to the west and the old volcano,...more

In Town

Civic Square This is Orange's cultural hub and also the first stop for visitors, with the visitor centre (incorporating a wine-tasting facility), the City Library, the Civic Theatre and a monument to Banjo Paterson. The Orange Regional Gallery (open Tues–Sun) is one of the busiest in the country. It has touring exhibitions as well as permanent collections that focus on jewellery, ceramics and clothing. Cnr Byng and Peisley sts.

Cook Park: colourful in any season with a begonia house (flowers Feb–May), duck pond, fernery, native bird aviary, Cook Park Guildry (for arts and crafts) and a picnic area; Summer St.

Botanic Gardens: 17 ha parklands with an impressive exotic and native plant collection and a signposted walk through billabongs, rose gardens, orchards and woodlands; Kearneys Dr.

Banjo Paterson Memorial Park: remains of Narambla Homestead, Paterson's birthplace, and a memorial obelisk; Ophir Rd.

Self-guide historical walk: 90 min stroll past historic homes and buildings; brochure from visitor centre.

Nearby

Ophir goldfields This was the site of the 1st discovery of payable gold in Australia (1851). The 1850s saw an influx of immigrants from Britain, Germany and China, all hoping to strike it rich. Features today include a fossicking centre, picnic area, walking trails to historic tunnels and tours of a working goldmine. There is still plenty of gold to be found in the area; the gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games were made of Ophir gold. Brochure from visitor centre; 27 km N.

Orange wine region The cool climate here results in elegant whites. Philip Shaw, CEO of Cumulus Wines, also believes that Orange has the potential to produce Australia’s best merlot. Read more.

Campbell's Corner: cool-climate gardens and popular picnic spot; Pinnacle Rd; 8 km S.

Lake Canobolas Reserve: recreation area with trout fishing in the lake, diving pontoons, children's playground and picnic and barbecue facilities; 9 km SW.

Lucknow: old goldmining town and site of Australia's 2nd gold discovery, now with historic bluestone buildings and craft shops; 10 km SE.

Mt Canobolas Park: 1500 ha bird and animal sanctuary; 14 km SW.

Borenore Caves: undeveloped caves with evidence of fossils. Outside are walking trails, and picnic and barbecue facilities. Torch required if entering the caves; brochure from visitor centre; 22 km W.

Cadia Mines: largest goldmine and coppermine in NSW; check with visitor centre for open days; 25 km SE.

Mitchell's Monument: site of Sir Thomas Mitchell's base camp; 33 km W.

Molong: charming rural town with Yarn Market, Craft Cottage and Coach House Gallery; 35 km NW. Grave of Yuranigh, Mitchell's Aboriginal guide, lies 2 km E of Molong. 

Cafes & restaurants around town

Lolli Redini

Located in a bluestone cottage, Lolli Redini is a stylish restaurant that has appeared in many of Australia’s premier lifestyle magazines. The interior is stunning, featuring a mural of Rome’s Pantheon. The... Find out more


Bistro Ceello

Located in a gorgeous old cottage, Selkirks serves contemporary cuisine in a relaxed setting, but with elegant white tablecloths and attentive waiters. The menu highlights the best of the region’s produce and... Find out more


Tonic Resaurant

In the historic town of Millthorpe, Tonic showcases modern country life at its best. Effervescent chef Tony Worland, a student of Sydney chef Matt Moran, is fast gaining a loyal following, and the restaurant sparkles... Find out more


Campsites around town

Canobolas Caravan Park 2 km

This is a friendly and well-appointed caravan park on Bathurst Rd in Orange. There are shaded powered and unpowered tent sites as well as self-contained deluxe and standard cabins. Nearby attractions include wine-tasting... Find out more


Federal Falls camping area 13 km

The road in to Federal Falls camping area isn’t suitable for caravans or camper trailers, although 2WD vehicles are permitted. To get here, follow Pinnacle Rd from Orange and turn onto Towac Rd. There are a number... Find out more


The Junction camping area 18 km

This picnic and camping area is located in Ophir Recreation Area, which happens to be the site of Australia’s first significant gold discovery. You can still see traces of the mine workings; in fact, you can relive... Find out more


Canobolas Forest Park 23 km

This is a peaceful picnicking and camping area surrounded by a 60-year-old pine forest. There are picnic tables, walking tracks and trout in the creek nearby. It’s 20 km south of Orange via Cadia Rd then Four Mile... Find out more


Heritage Grove camping area 25 km

Heritage Grove is one of 4 main areas in Macquarie Woods that have been established by Forests NSW to demonstrate sustainable forestry. This camping area can be accessed via Cashens La, off the Mitchell Hwy, 29 km west... Find out more


Bakers Shaft Reserve 34 km

This camping area is around 20 km west of the historic town of Carcoar. Follow the Mid-western Hwy through Mandurama, then turn north for Burnt Yards; take Bakers Rd then Junction Park Rd. This is 2WD, dry-weather access... Find out more


Randwick Hole Reserve camping area 34 km

On the Bridle Track, Randwick Hole Reserve is 15.2 km south of Hill End and 500 m south of Grimleys Hotel Reserve. Bring drinking water, firewood, a gas/fuel stove and a spare tyre.... Find out more


Johnsons Hole Reserve camping area 34 km

On the Bridle Track, the Johnsons Hole Reserve camping area is 18.1 km south of Hill End and 3.4 km south of Grimley’s Hotel Reserve. Bring drinking water, firewood, a gas/fuel stove and a spare tyre.... Find out more


Grimleys Hotel Reserve camping area 35 km

On the Bridle Track, this camping area is 14.7 km south of Hill End and 4.7 km south of Mary Flynn Reserve. Bring drinking water, firewood, a gas/fuel stove and a spare tyre. ... Find out more


Black Gate Reserve camping area 35 km

On the Bridle Track, Black Gate Reserve is 45 km north of Bathurst and 4 km north of Bruinbun Reserve. Bring drinking water, firewood, a gas/fuel stove and a spare tyre. Note: this is as far as you’ll get your... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Colour City Caravan Park 1 km

This is a council park with good basic facilities in a quiet, off-highway position, about 2 km north of the city centre, adjoining the showgrounds. It is good value at a budget price. Bookings are recommended all year... Find out more


BIG4 Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park 51 km

This is a quality park on the Great Western Highway, 5 km east of the centre of Bathurst, and offers a range of accommodation and great facilities including games and entertainment rooms. Bookings are required at peak... Find out more


Wellington Caves Holiday Complex 75 km

Relax and let a few days slip by at this spacious park, located 6 km south of the town centre alongside the Wellington Caves, a popular tourist attraction. It is a quality park and makes an ideal stopover. Bookings are... Find out more


Wellington Valley Caravan Park 81 km

On the Mitchell Highway on the eastern approach to Wellington this older park has been renovated and transformed. The convenient drive-through sites and grassy camping areas are a feature.... Find out more


Wellington Riverside Tourist Park 83 km

This is a well-maintained park on the banks of the Macquarie River, close to the highway and just a short walk to the centre of town. The park has good facilities at a budget price. Bookings are required at peak times... Find out more


Spicer Caravan Park 87 km

This is a budget-priced, council-owned park with good basic facilities, about 2 km from the town centre. It is in a quiet spot, off the main highway, about 16 km from the Parkes satellite dish. Bookings are required in... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Arancia B&B

Surrounded by orchards, scenic countryside and tranquil gardens, with panoramic views of Mount Canobolas and Lake Canobolas, this luxury retreat is a truly magical escape for couples. Ensuite rooms have king-sized beds,... Find out more


Cloudgap B&B

A romantic retreat for couples, Cloudgap is surrounded by hectares of gardens just outside Orange. There are three king-sized guest rooms, each with spa ensuite and a private balcony overlooking the rambling garden of... Find out more


de Russie Suites

Located in the heart of Orange, this is a boutique, self-contained apartment hotel offering deluxe suites with all the contemporary comforts. There is an indoor plunge pool, complimentary breakfast basket on the first... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Clonturkle Sanctuary 71 km

Join the experiment in sustainable living and tourism at Clonturkle Earth Hamlet and Forest Sanctuary. Located at Yetholme, there are four cabins set on 240 hectares of mostly eucalypt forest, with 15 kilometres of... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Gamboola rest area 16 km

17km NW of Orange (L) or 17km SE of Molong (R)

Just off the highway among some trees.


Macquarie Wood camping area 24 km

T/O 29km W of Bathurst (R) or 27km E of Orange (L)

Open grassed area among trees, 2km (unsealed) north of the highway via Cashens La.


Kingsley Fairborough park area 25 km

29km NW of Orange (R) or 5km SE of Molong (L)

Just off the highway under shady trees.


Molong park area 29 km

At Molong

Just off the highway on the banks of Molong Creek.


The Rocks rest area 31 km

21km W of Bathurst (R) or 35km E of Orange (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Blayney park area 32 km

At Blayney

Adjacent to the highway on the west side of town.


Fullers Lane rest area 35 km

57km NE of Cowra (R) or 48km SW of Bathurst (L)

Just off the highway under a few trees with good views of the surrounding countryside.


Carcoar Dam camping area 37 km

T/O 59km NE of Cowra (R) or 46km SW of Bathurst (L)

On the shores of the dam 2km south of the highway.


Bell River rest area 46 km

42km S of Wellington (L)  

Adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.


Two Mile Creek rest area 53 km

32km N of Molong (L)

Adjacent to the highway. For northbound only.


Cowra rest area 71 km

At Cowra

Just off the highway on the east side of town at Ramage Park.


Cowra park area 73 km

At Cowra

Opposite the information centre.


Apsley rest area 75 km

9km S of Wellington (L)

Adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.


Sunny Corner camping area 75 km

T/O 34km E of Bathurst (L) or 28km W of Lithgow (R)

Secluded area surrounded by trees 7km north of the highway.


What's on around town

Market: Kmart carpark; Sun.

Farmers' Markets: showgrounds; 2nd Sat each month.

Slow Summer Festival: Jan/Feb.

Orange Cup: horseracing; Mar.

FOOD (Food of Orange District) Week: Apr.

Orange Wine Week: Oct.

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