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What to do in and Around Orange NSW

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by Archie Ward (subscribe)
I'm an Australian living in Thailand. I like to read, write and travel. I'm currently working on my (commercial) travel website to make more moolah for my trips.
Published July 14th 2015
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There are plenty of things to do in Orange NSW. Start by renting a car (easy to find on, where they list all agencies in town) and then complete our suggested itinerary for an enjoyable day and see some of the best of Orange's attractions, some of which are the best New South Wales has to offer. Australia has a vibrant community with several important points of interest. Divide this itinerary into two or three days if you want to spend more time at each destination.

The Orange Visitors Centre

A good itinerary might start you out at the Orange Visitors Information Centre. The visitor center is a good place to start so you can discuss your travel plans with an experienced agent, download the tourism app and find out about local festivals or events that may be happening during your time in Orange. With so many attractions, it's important to get a good overview and plan your trip accordingly. Sometime when looking for things to do around Orange NSW, taking a rest at one of the many parks is the best option.

Orange Regional Gallery

From the visitors centre, you can take a short drive down the road and arrive at the Orange Regional Gallery. The gallery offers some of the best in Orange NSW tourism, and you can view exhibitions, see shows and then spend a leisurely afternoon a Robertson Park. Spend some time at the park, review your plans and prepare the rest of your trip with the beautiful trees and greenery. Orange is home to many parks, including Cook Park. The park was established in 1873, and was created in honor of Captain Cook. It's a great place to enjoy the scenery, birds, begonia house, duck pond and take a stroll along one of the numerous walkways. Be sure to pick up a Orange tourism NSW brochure at the Orange Visitor Information Centre.

bandstand, Cook Park
Cook Park

Time for Lunch

After spending some time in the park and at the regional gallery, it's time to get something to eat at Lolli Redini or one of the other nearby eateries in the heart of Orange's food and wine region. The restaurant offers a chic locale to enjoy Italian and French cuisine. Enjoy one of the many thoughtfully created meals or cocktails. If you're in the mood for something a little less upscale, consider Scrumptious on Summer Cafe. The cafe is famous for using fresh produce that relies heavily upon local produce.

Heritage Trail

Orange's tourist attractions includes Heritage Trail, which maintains much of its 19th century charm with many Victorian, Gothic, Neo-Classical and Italian-style buildings. You can walk the wide tree-lined streets and get a feel for what it might have been like to live in this historic area. The Visitor's Information Centre offers brochures to help you get the most out of this area. Places of interest include the Metropolitan Hall, Union Bank Building, Band Hall, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Lands Office, Orange Public School, Orange Town Hall and the Orange Court House.

Orange Public School
Orange Public School

Historic Areas

If you have a car, visit some of Orange NSW's tourist attractions in the historic villages and areas. Byng was originally named Cornish Village and it was home to the first Cornish settlers. The first fruit trees were brought from Cornwall, and this gave birth to the Orange areas fruit industry. Millthorpe is another historic town that is also known as Spring Grove. View farms and rural landscapes that have been officially labeled by the National Trust as a superb place for Orange tourism. Many 19th century buildings remain, including the The Methodist Church and the Headmaster's House. Take the time to visit Yuranigh's Grave, an important Aboriginal Australian who lived in the area of Molong. He was a keen adventurer and aided General Sir Thomas Mitchell's 1845 exploratory expedition at Boree. While he died at the young age of 30, he made a deep impact on the local community.

Wine Tasting

If you're trying to find what to do in Orange NSW, consider visiting one of the many wineries. Australia is famous for its affordable and full-bodied wines, but many wineries don't export their products. This could be a one-time chance for you to experience unique, new wines. Orange produces cool climate wines, and typically use Chardonnay, Merlot, Carbernet Sauvignon and Shiraz varieties. Apple and cherry liquors are also available, and they typically include no alcohol. Philip Shaw Wines, Ross Hill Winery, Woodhouse Wines, Brangayne of Orange and Highland Heritage Estate are just of a few of the more than 50 wineries in the area.

For the more adventurous, Australia is home to a wide variety attractions in Orange, including bushwalking, boating, canoeing, fishing, golf, horse riding and rock climbing activities. You can even take a ride in a hot air balloon. Take a trip through the Abercrombie Caves, Jenolan Cabes or the Carcoar Dam. Whatever you decide to do, there are plenty of things to do and see without breaking the bank. Australia is a fun, affordable and historic destination with plenty of attractions in Orange NSW.
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