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Sunset at Swinging Bridge Wines, Orange.

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Swinging Bridge Wines, Orange CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sunset at Swinging Bridge Wines, Orange.

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The scenic town of Orange, a 3.5-hour drive west of Sydney, offers visitors the opportunity to connect with the countryside and indulge in a renowned food and wine hub. Mount Canobolas, an extinct volcano sitting 1,390m above sea level, is responsible for the rich volcanic soils that result in world-class wines and exceptional produce. There is also plenty history, culture and adventure to seek out. 

Where to wine and dine 

Held each April, Orange F.O.O.D Week celebrates local producers and vignerons. This 10-day event is Australia’s longest-running regional food festival and showcases all of the people and places that make this inland city so inspiring. Catch it if you can. 

For special occasions, book in at Lolli Redini, where fine contemporary Italian and French cuisine is matched by excellent service and great attention to detail. 

Tonic, located just 15 minutes from Orange in the historic village of Millthorpe, offers a fine dining experience where local ingredients such as Mandagery Creek venison and Cowra lamb star on the innovative menu.  

For delicious food with served with stunning views, make your way to Sister’s Rock Restaurant, located at the top of Borrodell Estate. Dishes feature produce grown on site, including cherries, black truffles, quince and heritage apples and plums.  

An innovative food and wine hub, The Agrestic Grocer champions local producers by serving up hearty fare in the restaurant and selling many of the ingredients in the attached grocery. Adding to the experience, the cellar doors for both Badlands Brewery and Pig in the House organic wines are also located here.  

Sitting at one of the highest points in Orange, Philip Shaw Wines is home to the expansive Koomooloo vineyard, planted back in 1989. The property’s popular cellar door is housed in a 130-year-old barn — head here to sample fine wine or book a picnic in the garden and enjoy a pre-packed hamper, where locally sourced food items and seasonal produce is paired with a bottle of Philip Shaw Character Series wine. 

Featuring hints of honeydew melon and pear, See Saw’s Organic Prosecco 2020 is Australia’s only certified organic prosecco. It’s also a perfect example of the low-impact, sustainable techniques put into practice by winery owners Justin and Pip Jarrett, who have been making cool-climate wines in Orange for over 25 years. A cellar door is at the planning stage, but tours and special events are regularly available. 

Highlight selects of the Orange wine region CREDIT: Destination NSW

Orange is the perfect location to indulge in NSW food and wine.

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Highlight selects of the Orange wine region CREDIT: Destination NSW

Orange is the perfect location to indulge in NSW food and wine.

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Borrodell Vineyard, Canobolas CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sister’s Rock Restaurant, Borrodell Vineyard, Canobolas.

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Borrodell Vineyard, Canobolas CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sister’s Rock Restaurant, Borrodell Vineyard, Canobolas.

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Streetscape, Orange. CREDIT: Destination NSW

Street view of the Orange Post Office in the State's Central NSW region.

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Streetscape, Orange. CREDIT: Destination NSW

Street view of the Orange Post Office in the State's Central NSW region.

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Where to find adventure  

A self-guided walk on the Orange Heritage Trail is a great way to get beneath the skin of this fascinating town. Highlighting some of Orange’s finest buildings, the walk starts from the Orange Visitor Information Centre on Byng Street and takes around 1.5 hours. Along the way you will learn about the Traditional Custodians of this region — the Wiradjuri people — as well as the early landowners, gold miners and commercial traders that contributed to the town’s early settlement history. 

Keen to brush up on your culinary skills? Then book in for a comprehensive lesson at Barrel & Larder, the purpose-built food and wine school at Ross Hill Wines. Look on and learning as your teacher prepares a selection of dishes before enjoying a shared meal matched with Ross Hill’s fine wines. 

Just a five-minute drive from the centre of Orange, Swinging Bridge specialises in premium wines that reflect their regional provenance. The winery also offers the ultimate ‘Sydney-Orange Helicopter Experience’ — after flying across western Sydney and over the spectacular Blue Mountains, you’ll arrive at the vineyard. You’ll then take a tour with winemaker Tom Ward before savouring a four-course gourmet lunch at the renowned Charred Kitchen & Bar. Simply gather five of your best friends and book well in advance. 

Where to stay 

Set in Orange’s heritage precinct, The Byng Street Boutique Hotel combines the history of an original homestead with contemporary architecture. There are 22 beautifully appointed rooms and breakfast is served in the stylish Yallungah Dining Room. 

With 25 luxurious self-contained rooms, de Russie Boutique Hotel is ideal for travellers who want to be close to the heart of Orange. As an extra treat, book one of the Studio Spa Suites and let your stress melt away in the bubbling spa bath. 

Escape into nature with a winery stay. Rowlee Wines offers the ‘Ultimate Wine Escape’, a two-night package that combines luxury accommodation in the private guesthouse with a tutored tasting session, where food is paired with matching cheeses and chocolates.

Rowlee Wines, Nashdale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a scenic walk through the vineyards at Rowlee Wines, Nashdale.

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Rowlee Wines, Nashdale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a scenic walk through the vineyards at Rowlee Wines, Nashdale.

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Tonic Restaurant, Millthorpe CREDIT: Destination NSW

Dessert being prepared at Tonic Restaurant, Millthorpe.

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Tonic Restaurant, Millthorpe CREDIT: Destination NSW

Dessert being prepared at Tonic Restaurant, Millthorpe.

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