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Published July 28th 2013
Millthorpe is a historic town around 3.5 hours from Sydney and 20 minutes from the main Central Western town of Orange. A drive to this gorgeous little town is an absolute must, whether you stay in Millthorpe, or in Orange, there is plenty to do and see along the way.
As you drive out from Sydney, be sure to take the Bells Line of Road, it's a little precarious in some areas, but it is well worth the trip through the Bilpin region to see some enormous apples, devour some home made apple pies and try the Bilpin Cider. There are plenty of apple farms along the way that do apple picking, just stop in and say hi!
From here, head out to Millthorpe (you will need to turn off the main highway and head around 10 minutes down the road); a sleepy little town Classified by the National Trust and with only 725 residents. It's filled with cobble stone streets and beautiful historic houses - it's a sleepy little town which oozes soul. There is an old style lolly store, homewares, local arts, antiques and museums. Take a stroll down the old cobbled streets and let your imagination run wild and if you are there in winter, you might be lucky enough to get snow.
Original cobbled streets
If your hungry, you have to stop in at the aptly named "The Old Mill" - try the red wine pie (and a red wine!) and the chicken curry. Fresh real cut chips make for a yummy side and make sure you top it off with a hot chocolate.
You can stay in Millthorpe or Orange; it's easy to get to either. If you feel like spoiling yourself or you're much needed snuggle buddy for the winter months, a stay at the de Russie Suites is the way to go. A stunning hotel in the Orange CBD, even the beds are made for snuggling with fur throws, gorgeous fluffy quilts, heating and the coolest bathroom ever! Makes the -1 degree temperatures of Orange and surrounds worth it.
The hotel also provides a complimentary breakfast hamper filled with artisan breads, jams and coffee.
If you feel up to a night out in Orange, The Union is the place to be and a quick stroll from the de Russi Suites, just don't wear uncomfortable high heels as the streets can be uneven. The Union is a converted old Union bank, which oozes 'cool', and you would be mistaken in thinking that you were in a hip establishment in Sydney, but this is an Orange institution. In the winter months they have outdoor heaters and fire pits making the atmosphere just amazing. The Dukkah and dips are yum! They serve local wine and of course Bilpin Cider. The only thing to look out for is that it is ultra busy and the tables are on a first come first serve basis.