Famed for its cool climate, stunning landscapes, rich history and world-class vineyards, the city of Orange in NSW's beautiful Central Tablelands region is well worth a visit no matter what the time of year.
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With award-winning wines, boutique shopping, picturesque scenery, breathtaking autumnal displays and renowned local produce, Orange is unquestionably one of NSW's best kept secrets. With four distinct seasons and an elevation of 862m that ensures the occasional winter snowfall, Orange is a delight year round and a must for any food and wine enthusiast.
What are the must-see attractions in Orange?
There's no better place to see what truly spectacular country the Orange region is than from the top of Mount Canobolas - at 1,390 metres the highest point (in a direct east-west line) between the Blue Mountains and the western coast of Australia.
An extinct volcano that is part of the Great Dividing Range, Mount Canobolas sits within the Mount Canobolas Conservation Area, which offers spectacular walks, waterfalls and breathtaking vistas. Also worth a trip is the nearby Pinnacle Lookout.
Given the rich volcanic soils and cool climate, it's no surprise that Orange is one of Australia's premier cool climate wine regions. Producing such esteemed drops as the Pinot Grigios and Sangiovese of Angullong (in nearby Milthorpe) as well as exceptional local farm produce, it's no wonder why Orange is a must-see destination on any gourmet traveller's bucket list.
It's not always cold in Orange, so when the mercury climbs be sure to stop at Lake Canobolas, an artificial lake that provides the perfect swimming spot on those hot summer days. Grab some of the region's finest food and wine and settle down in the shade of hundred year old trees for a picnic in Cook Park, or head out of town and tour nearby villages like Carcoar - generally considered to be one of Australia's most picturesque villages.
Isn't it time you discovered Orange?