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Blue Mountains to Orange Foodie's Trail

Rowlee Wines, NashdaleCREDIT: Destination NSW

Vine to table experience at Rowlee Wines, Nashdale.

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Blue Mountains to
Orange Foodie's Trail

Rowlee Wines, Nashdale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Vine to table experience at Rowlee Wines, Nashdale.

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In the two-hour drive from the Blue Mountains west to Orange, there’s a wealth of wining and dining attractions — with great scenery to match. From venues with well-elevated views to dishes made with the region’s top ingredients and chocolate made with native Australian ingredients in a heritage-listed village, there’s much to explore.  

Explore the Blue Mountains  

Leura, a 90-minute drive from Sydney, is one of the prettiest towns in the Blue Mountains. If you’ve set out from Sydney in the morning, head to The Lookout Echo Point for lunch with extraordinary views. Settle in with a grazing platter for two, followed by wattleseed crème brûlée; or power up with some orange and coconut muffins after a scenic mountain stroll. For pasta, award-winning local wines and macadamia and sticky date pudding, head to Leura Garage.  

From Leura it’s a five-minute drive to Katoomba, the largest town in the mountains. Make a pit stop here at Mountain Culture, a brewery canning small-batch craft beer in a converted printing press, and order a burger to go with its range of ales, lagers and stouts. Or for old-world extravagance, book a chandelier-lit dinner at Darley’s, the flagship restaurant for the historic Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa in Katoomba. 

Don’t leave the Blue Mountains without stocking up on beautifully made sourdough from Black Cockatoo Bakery in Lawson or Katoomba: the bread is fermented for 20 hours and the pastries (which range from chocolate and honeycomb tarts to coconut and nectarine Danish) are crafted with Pepe Saya cultured butter.  

Make your way to Orange  

Start your journey west of the Blue Mountains with the two-hour drive from Katoomba to the heritage-listed village of Millthorpe. Here you need look no further than Tonic, a fine-dining restaurant with excellent service, for lunch. Then stop by May Raechelle Art Gallery, where you can find artisan sweets by Chocolate on Purpose. This Aboriginal-owned chocolatier uses native ingredients from First Nations communities — like Illawarra plum, rainforest lime and wild rosella — to flavour its Belgian chocolate. Then it’s back in the car for the 20-minute drive to Orange, the centre of a booming wine region. 

Leura Garage, Leura CREDIT: Destination NSW

Diners enjoying food and wine at Leura Garage in the Blue Mountains.

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Leura Garage, Leura CREDIT: Destination NSW

Diners enjoying food and wine at Leura Garage in the Blue Mountains.

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Tonic Restaurant, Millthorpe CREDIT: Destination NSW

Food and drink at Tonic Restaurant, Milthorpe.

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Tonic Restaurant, Millthorpe CREDIT: Destination NSW

Food and drink at Tonic Restaurant, Milthorpe.

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Hit a cellar door for lunch 

Outside of Orange, head to Heifer Station’s vineyard and its excellent cellar door. The estate, which produces chardonnay, pinot noir, pinot gris, merlot and shiraz, offers private picnics and roaming tasting tours among the vines.  

At the family-owned estate Swinging Bridge, try premium cool-climate wine tastings with views of Mount Canobolas or book in for a long lunch that showcases the winery’s local drops with regional produce.  

Rowlee’s boutique winery in Nashdale, near Mount Canobolas, offers a vine-to-table experience: a tasting among the grapes is followed by a three-course lunch at nearby Sister’s Rock Restaurant — matched with Rowlee wine, of course.  

Philip Shaw’s wines are also acclaimed: you’ll want to reserve a cellar-door experience in its century-old stone barn 10 minutes out of town. Book ahead for a cider tasting at Small Acres Cyder, a 20-minute drive from Orange, or take a 20-minute detour to Pioneer Brewing Co. in Bowan Park to try award-winning beers made from barley, rye and wheat grown and harvested on site. 

Discover a foodie paradise 

Looking for a sweet start to your day? Birdie Noshery & Drinking Est. has fresh-baked cinnamon scrolls, orange and maple cream cake and Portuguese tarts ready for you. This is the latest venue from the team behind acclaimed Orange restaurant Lolli Redini, and the appealing brunch options include vegetarian shakshuka, ricotta and buttermilk pancakes, and stewed local fruit flavoured with cinnamon, spiced honey and a good dollop of yoghurt.  

Saving yourself for lunch? Grab a locally roasted coffee and a light takeaway brunch from Bills Beans East Orange or order a coffee from Byng Street Local Store and browse its new Larder & Home café and homewares store.  

After a morning exploring the town, head to The Agrestic Grocer’s restaurant, which showcases hyper-local produce with a sustainable focus. You can pick up some housemade pickles and relish as souvenirs, too. Afterwards, visit Badlands Brewery, which is housed on the same site. This artisan brewery produces traditional beer, as well as experiments with left-field ingredients, such as hazelnuts, black truffles, figs and rum.  

Find room for the region’s top produce in your picnic basket or esky: from summer to autumn, you can pick your own cherries, berries, apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines and apples at Hillside Harvest in Borenore, a 20-minute drive from Orange, or Thornbrook Orchard in Nashdale, a 15-minute drive from town.  

Combine your interest in wine with a culinary lesson at Ross Hill’s Barrell & Larder cooking school in Orange. Courses range from Sri Lankan cuisine to special-occasion cooking and conclude with glasses of wine from the vineyard. Or for a series of gin flights, drop by The Aviary, the cellar door for Parrot Distilling Co in town. 

After an afternoon of wine (or gin) tasting, try modern Japanese at Raku Izakaya or inspired comfort food by Dom Aboud (formerly of Sydney’s Rockpool Bar & Grill). He’s cooking lamb rump with labneh, octopus niçoise, and apple empanadas at The Schoolhouse Restaurant at The Union Bank. Or settle in at a table at Charred Kitchen & Bar: its smoky, oven-fired dishes are matched with a drinks list featuring more than 400 wines and 100 beers.  

Rowlee Wines, Nashdale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Group of friends enjoying a vine to table experience at Rowlee Wines, Nashdale.

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Rowlee Wines, Nashdale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Group of friends enjoying a vine to table experience at Rowlee Wines, Nashdale.

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Byng Street Cafe, Orange. CREDIT: Destination NSW

Patrons enjoying food and drink at Byng Street Local Store, Orange. 

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Byng Street Cafe, Orange. CREDIT: Destination NSW

Patrons enjoying food and drink at Byng Street Local Store, Orange. 

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