A major centre with a true provincial feel, Orange offers a remarkable array of sights, scenes and tastes to delight even the most cynical city resident.
Only 3.5 hours from Sydney, it boasts beautiful parks, historic streetscapes, award-winning wineries and hatted restaurants.
The Orange economy is strong and diverse. It is supported by many industry sectors but is primarily underpinned by secure skilled employment which in turn supports the retail and services sector.
Considered an arts and culture hub, Orange has a true love of cultural, theatrical and musical events. Attracting local, national and international artists, you’ll also enjoy world-class performance facilities to indulge your artistic and cultural passions.
With beautiful scenery, four distinct seasons, and a charming heritage, Orange is a enchanting city to explore. Parks and gardens, such as Cook Park, and the Orange Botanic Gardens are awash with pretty colours throughout the seasons. A great way to discover the heritage in Orange is on the self-guided Orange Heritage Trail. Pick up a brochure from the Visitor Information Centre, where the walk begins, and amble along pretty streets and through gorgeous parks. This trail will reveal more than 40 places of historical interest and beauty.
Outside of Orange, the bushland surrounding the city is spectacular. Mount Canobolas, an ancient volcano, is a dramatic backdrop and things to do and see in this conservation area include the Spring Glade walking track to the summit and visiting Lake Canobolas. Farther west is Nangar National Park, with abundant wildlife and breathtaking views from Mount Nangar lookout.
Orange has a flourishing cultural scene, where delectable food and wine experiences await you, including a fine selection of restaurants and cafes. Lolli Redini and Racine @ La Colline have won awards in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide and other options include Sweet Sour Salt and Charred Kitchen & Bar. Relaxing wine bars such as Ferment, Percy’s and Byng Street serve the Orange wine region’s acclaimed cool-climate wines.
The Orange region of NSW is renowned for its fresh produce – From apples and berries to truffles and succulent meats, fresh produce is readily available. A Slice of Orange, the Agrestic Grocer and the Orange Farmers Market sell gourmet delights and fresh produce. There are winery tours of cool-climate wineries such as Rowlee Wines and delicious events, including F.O.O.D Week and the Orange Wine Festival.
Culturally, there are a number of boutiques and private galleries to explore, in addition to the Orange Regional Gallery.
Your visitors will find plenty of places to stay, from the grand Duntryleague Guesthouse to charming cottages, bed and breakfasts, motels, classic pubs, and caravan and camping sites. Getting to Orange is easy – The three and a half hour drive to Sydney winds through the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. The drive to Canberra takes roughly the same length of time and will find you passing through quaint country towns. There is also the option of taking a train or flying.
Key Orange Facts
41,636 in the Orange local government area and more than 62,000 in the Orange region
Four distinct seasons, with summer temperatures ranging from 11 to 27 degrees and winter from 1 to 11 degrees. The average annual rainfall is approximately 885mm.
Median home price $338,315. Average rental price for a 4 bedroom home, $360 per week.
12 licensed hotels, 8 clubs, 34 restaurants (including one restaurant that has been awarded a Chef’s Hat in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide), 28 cafes and 30 cellar doors
12 primary schools and 7 high schools. Charles Sturt University campus of Agriculture and Health. TAFE Western and other adult education colleges.
Three major shopping centres and one smaller shopping centre. Numerous boutique shopping outlets for fashion, homewares, food and wine.
Orange City is located in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, about 260 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD, and 270 kilometres north of the Canberra CBD