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Best Things To Do In Orange, Australia

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Adrian Chew
Adrian Chew

The city of Orange is situated in the central west region of New South Wales. It is about 254 kilometres (158 miles) west of the state city, Sydney. To get here, the journey takes about three and a half hours drive from Sydney over the Blue Mountains or three hours drive north of Canberra. The city has grown from its mining past, during the gold rush era, to a very elegant and vibrant city. Orange is also known as Australia’s Colour City and is the birthplace of Australia’s famous poet, Banjo Paterson. A monument and a statue can be found at Banjo Paterson Park in memory of him. The city is defined as a foodie haven and especially for its cool climate wine, which has made an international name for itself.

1. Orange Botanical Gardens

After a long safari, the wild rhino is back at the Orange Botanic Gardens precinct. She's had a change of scenery though and will greet visitors at the Orange Adventure Playground.

Posted by Orange Botanic Gardens on Thursday, 6 October 2016

Take an hour or two to stroll in the Orange Botanical Gardens and see what they have to offer. Wander through the naturally undulating 17 hectares (42 acres) of the gardens which are situated just off Hill Street, not far from Orange city. The gardens feature an impressive number of native and exotic plants and flowers. While visiting the attraction, stroll through the varying landscape as well as enjoy the beautiful scenery, birds or perhaps have a family picnic. There is the homestead garden, apple orchards and the heritage garden set below a historic church.

Orange Botanical Gardens

Address: Yellow Box Way | Off Hill Street, Orange, New South Wales 2800, Australia

Opening Hours: Always open

Access: Off Hill Street and within the vicinity of Orange city

Contact: +61 2 6393 8226

Website: Orange Botanical Gardens

2. Mayfield Vineyard

The colourful vineyard
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While in Orange, you should also visit the vineyard - without it, your tour is not complete. Set in a 100 hectare (247 acre) vineyard and showcasing a barbecue and views of the mountain, Mayfield Vineyard is situated in Orange, just a 10-minute drive from the town. The vineyard is the premier winery in the Orange region and one of the highest and coolest vineyards in Australia. With a five star rating, it also offers charming and cosy cottage accommodation and is an exquisite wedding and function venue. This magnificent and picturesque location make it an ideal quiet retreat for tourists. Moreover, the cottage overlooks a lake with ducks and geese and a view of the vineyard as a background giving it a stunning and romantic atmosphere. This historic point of interest is a must-see for visitors to this area.

Mayfield Vineyard

Address: Icely Road, Orange, New South Wales, Australia

Price: Ranging from 250 USD per couple per night. 50 USD for additional guests

Opening Hours: 10am - 4pm (Wednesday-Sunday). Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Duration: Half day to 1 day

Access: 10 minutes drive from Orange city

Contact: +61 2 6365 9292

Near by Food: Restaurants and bars nearby

Website: Mayfield Vineyard

3. Banjo Paterson Park

Posted by Things to See and Do- Melbourne outer east on Saturday, 2 April 2016

Travel off the beaten path, on the way to Ophir, some 5 km (3.1 miles) from the centre of Orange, and you will find a white monument and statue in memory of Banjo Paterson, Australia’s most famous poet. The original house no longer stands, but instead is a park where enthusiasts can enjoy a picnic and appreciate the rolling countryside. As you walk around the park, you can appreciate the diverse flora and fauna, bird watching and many other activities. If you happen to be in Orange, spend a few minutes at this park to enjoy this peaceful place and discover part of Australian history.

Address: 330 Ophir Rd, Orange NSW 2800, Australia

4. Lake Canobolas

Posted by Lake Canobolas on Monday, 19 September 2016

For many travelers, Lake Canobolas is an idyllic and pristine place to chill. Situated just a short drive from Orange town, it is strategically located at the foot of the famous Mount Canobolas. Did you know that Lake Canobolas is actually a manmade reservoir? It is also a perfect place for activities such as picnics, swimming and fishing. Apart from that, there is a great walking trail, suitable for all ages and a sandy beach for kids to enjoy by the lake. There is plenty of shade and a great coffee shop to have a drink overlooking the stunning view of the lake. This lake is a must-visit place on the way to Mount Canobolas. It is an Ideal place for the whole family to chill out over the weekend or on public holidays.

Lake Canobolas

Address: Orange, New South Wales, Australia

Opening Hours: Always open

Duration: Half day to 1 day

Access: A short drive from Orange town

Contact: +61 1800 069 466

Near by Food: Barbeque and picnic facilities available

Website: Lake Canobolas

5. Cook Park

Frost this morning at Singleton Junior Rugby League grounds

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Last but not least, visit Cook Park and enjoy the beautiful scenery. A park for all seasons, Cook Park is situated on A32, towards the end of Orange town. Travel through this beautiful park in honour of Captain James Cook and enjoy the natural environment that embodies the colours of Orange. Enjoy the gardens of stunning and vibrant coloured roses from February to April, the begonias in full bloom and in spring, a burst of colours arrive with the tulips and daffodils - a real stunning sight. This park is rated as one of the most beautiful parks in Australia. During the long winter months, many of the trees and flowers are dormant. Other notable attractions in the park are the duck ponds, the aviaries, the craft shop, the fernery and the glasshouse. Cook Park is also famed for its popular duck ponds.

Cook Park

Address: 24 Little Summer St, Orange, New South Wales 2800, Australia

Opening Hours: Always open

Access: Located at the end of Orange town, A32

Contact: +61 2 6393 8000

Website: Cook Park

Orange is full of life

Orange is a city full of life, elegant streetscapes and buildings, beautiful parks and reserves, gardens and a picturesque lake. In addition, the distinguished cool climate offers a perfect way of life. The various parks offer leisurely walks through some of the world’s remaining cool rainforests. Bring the family for a walk or picnic or take the kids for a run. Orange has more to offer with its gourmet food and wine and has become known as one of Australia’s wine districts, with its local wines regularly winning international awards. The wine industry growth, in tandem with the continuing development of Orange, has boosted the local reputation. Whatever your preference, from exploring the parks, adventure, sampling fine wine or shopping, Orange is definitely the best choice for the vacation of your dreams. 

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