Orange NSW

Many places have a colourful past. Orange is permanently colourful. And not just because of its name.

Altitude as well as attitude  gives Orange its colour. It’s elevated enough for clearly-defined seasons to give its leafy landscape a regular makeover in new colours.

And attitude? Orange bustles with culture and charm and a sense of generosity that is both typically Central West and uniquely its own.

Orange can be as precise as a pashmina and pearls; as raucous as a rugby after-party. But it has mastered the art of living. Someone wise once said: “Wine is the essence of civilisation and the art of living.” He obviously knew Orange well.

The region’s food and wine focus is paddock-to-plate via Nirvana … grape-to-glass via Paradise itself. Many places are inspiring.

Orange shifts your horizons.

ASK A LOCAL

"Satisfy the soul with a brisk walk to some of the hidden waterfalls in the State forest on Ophir Road, then satisfy the appetite with a lamb burger and a pinot noir at The Agrestic Grocer."

− David Cumming, wine marketer
48 HRS IN ORANGE

DAY 1

Hopefully your tastebuds have been in training because Orange is a place you taste. With any luck it’ll be Orange Region Farmers Market day (second Saturday of the month). The stallholders have got up early so it’s only polite to accept samples of strawberries, chocolates, olives, cherries, pies, pancakes, jams, jellies, macarons,  gelato, wine and craft beers. Should it not be market day, you can still head out on one of the farm-gate and cellar door trails getting to know the same producers and their products, or just cruise the town trail. There’s Ferment – The Orange Wine Centre, A Slice of Orange – the gourmet grocer – they’ll even do you a picnic hamper, Racine Bakery, The Agrestic Grocer, Byng Street Cafe and Local Store, Factory Espresso, and Badlands Brewery. For a great Saturday lunch in town, try yum cha at Sweet Sour Salt.

DAY 2

Pick up a Wine & Food Guide from the Visitor Information Centre and select one of the five out-of-town trails. The Eastern Heritage Trail takes you through the old mining settlements of Emu Swamp, Byng and Lucknow to the quaint country village of Millthorpe. No need to carry supplies on this trail though, it passes  nine winery cellar doors, a boutique brewery, cafes, pub bistros and, at Millthorpe, Tonic – one of the finest restaurants in the region. Millthorpe has enough quirky retail to leave your credit card limp, and also has some great self-guided walks to put the colour back in your cheeks. On your return to Orange take Lake Canobolas Road past the pretty lake and recreation area and drive to the summit of Mount Canobolas for dramatic views and sunsets.

COMPULSORY

Go on an unforgettable truffle hunt at Borrodell Vineyard, then enjoy a pinot noir with one of the truffle dishes at the estate’s Sister’s Rock restaurant.   

CURIOSITY

Don’t even try to spot it but, heading west, the only land formation higher than Mount Canobolas is in Mozambique.

EVENTS

Orange Food & Wine Options

  • Racine restaurant, 42  Lake Canobolas Rd.  02  6365 3275
  • Lolli Redini, 48 Sale St.  02  6361 7748
  • Tonic, cnr Pym & Victoria Sts, Millthorpe  02 6366 3811
  • Byng Street Cafe & Local Store, 47 Byng St.  02  6369 0768
  • Sweet Sour Salt, 116 Summer St.  02  6362 5191
  • Factory Espresso, 135 Kite St.  02  6360 2858
  • Union Bank, cnr Sale & Byng Sts.  02  6361 4441
  • Ferment – The Orange Wine Centre, 87 Hill St.  02  6360 4833
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