Published on 2nd May 2019
by Alexandra Duggan

Once a rural outpost, Orange has developed into destination for creatives as much as it is a flourishing food and drink hub.

Long an important region in Australia’s food basket, Orange – a town of over 40,000 people, about four hours north-west of Sydney – and the surrounding regions of Blayney and Cabonne, boast a thriving community of growers, makers, producers and restaurateurs. And in recent years, it’s also become an emerging destination for artists and musicians.

Situated 600 metres above sea level, the wineries in the region specialise in cool-climate drops – chardonnays, bubbly, pinot noir, pinot gris and some incredible shiraz. It’s also one of the best food destinations in New South Wales, be it farmgate producers and artisanal bakers, or sophisticated diners and cellar door kitchens punching above their weight.

Here’s our guide for what to eat, drink, see and do in Orange.

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Welcome to Orange

EAT

With over 70 cafes, fine-dining restaurants and an array of greengrocers, there are plenty of dining options to choose from.

DRINK

Beyond wineries specialising in cool-climate drops, Orange boasts a burgeoning gin market, local breweries and first-rate coffee roasters.

DO

A burgeoning art and music scene, heritage-listed villages, a museum precinct and a handful of hidden retail gems – there’s plenty here to break up your food and wine adventures.

STAY

Boutique hotels, some seriously private villas with 360-degree views and luxurious glamping – there are options here for all styles of accommodation.

Itinerary

Orange Itinerary

If you’re lucky enough to be in town during autumn, you’ll be surrounded by plumes of red and orange leaves. And as much as you may want to cosy up in bed, we recommend rising early to make the most of all Orange has to offer.