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Where to eat and drink in Orange

Borrodell Vineyard, OrangeCREDIT: Destination NSW

Borrodell Vineyard, Canobolas.

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Where to eat and
drink in Orange

Borrodell Vineyard, Orange CREDIT: Destination NSW

Borrodell Vineyard, Canobolas.

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For a taste of the good life, head to the wine region of Orange, a 3.5-hour drive west of Sydney. You can also reach this rural wonderland of wineries, good eateries and just-picked produce via the Dubbo XPT regional train, which runs daily between Dubbo and Sydney, stopping at Orange. And there are regular flights from Sydney to Orange Regional Airport. Orange’s cool climate and volcanic soils provide an ideal farming environment, which is good news if you love your food or wine.  

Brunch and dinner 

For brunch, drop by Byng Street Local Store for its coconut tapioca or mushroom avocado toast. At The Agrestic Grocer, pick up local hazelnuts, cherries or other fresh produce and settle in for a brunch of pancakes with raspberry sorbet and summer berries.  

For excellent coffee and three-cheese toasties, head to the namesake café run by local roaster Good Eddy. For breakfast rolls, classic pastries, and inventive baking experiments (like croissant bread with a lamington topping), visit Racine Bakery, run by the team behind the now-closed Racine restaurant.  

You might also want to start your day at Birdie Noshery & Drinking Est. Its breakfast menu includes local fruit flavoured with spiced honey and yoghurt, as well as vegetarian shakshuka and cinnamon scrolls. This all-day eatery is run by the owners of beloved fine-dining institution Lolli Redini; it’s worth reserving a table at their acclaimed restaurant, especially as their European-inspired menu beautifully showcases local ingredients. 

Also recommended: Sister’s Rock Restaurant at the Borrodell estate. The venue’s scenic surrounds are celebrated throughout your meal: ingredients are drawn from the kitchen garden and drinks come from its on-site vineyard. The magical views are also a highlight. For modern Asian cuisine, save a table at Sweet Sour Salt and order the Malaysian fish curry, Korean fried chicken wings and five-spice sticky date pudding. For a broad selection of wine, Charred Kitchen & Bar has 400 drops on its list. Its fire-powered menu features dishes such as campfire crab and charred lamb with local honey, rosemary and sheep’s milk yoghurt.  

Byng St Store, Orange CREDIT: Destination NSW

Byng Street Local Store is a welcoming brunch spot.

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Byng St Store, Orange CREDIT: Destination NSW

Byng Street Local Store is a welcoming brunch spot.

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Ferment the Orange Wine Centre, Orange. CREDIT: Destination NSW

Ferment allows you to try many local wines in one spot.

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Ferment the Orange Wine Centre, Orange. CREDIT: Destination NSW

Ferment allows you to try many local wines in one spot.

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The drinking scene 

Since the first plantings established in the 1980s, Orange’s wine region now spans over 1,500 hectares — with grapes thriving in more than 80 vineyards. With so many estates around, there’s a lively cellar door scene to match.

Start at Ferment, an all-in-one wine centre and store in town offering a thorough introduction to the region’s wine varieties. The bright room has 19 ‘cellar doors’ in one contemporary space, showcasing delicious drops from Orange and the Central Ranges of NSW.

The Philip Shaw estate is one of Orange’s original wineries. Started by its namesake winemaker (whose interest in wines began at age 12), it’s now run by his sons Daniel and Damian Shaw. Since the first vines were planted back in 1988, the Shaw family has produced award-winning wines. With the vineyard’s pretty, picnic-friendly gardens and a cellar door set in a restored stone barn, this estate has a lot of appeal (and is a popular wedding destination, too).  

Against a picturesque backdrop of orchards, vineyards and olive groves, Nashdale Lane Wines produces exceptional shiraz and sauvignon blanc. The cellar door, located in a restored apple packing shed, benefits from cosy tasting nooks, beautiful views and a wood fire when the weather calls for it. Extend your winery visit by staying overnight in one of the luxurious glamping cabins. 

Looking for a family-friendly winery? Heifer Station Wines houses a unique cellar door inside a restored 100-year-old shearing shed and offers many attractions for kids visiting with their chardonnay-curious parents. There’s a petting zoo with chickens, goats and a miniature Shetland pony named Tilly. While the children spend their time hand-feeding the hens, adults can sample the vineyard’s many drops. 

Swinging Bridge is named after the historic timber footbridge on the property and the wine label pays tribute to a rich history: Mrs Payten Chardonnay is named after winemaker Tom Ward’s late grandmother and the Eliza Riesling and William J Shiraz are inspired by his daughter and son respectively. Staff members are brimming with knowledge about all the Swinging Bridge varieties, so settle on the verandah for a tasting and soak up the rural views.

Prefer other drinks? Head to Washington & Co Whisky Saloon for hard-to-find whiskies, gin flights and craft beer. Or visit Small Acres Cyder for ciders made from fresh-pressed heritage apples and pears. 

Food events 

Despite the city’s name, apples are actually the star of Orange. In fact, Orange is one of Australia’s major apple-producing regions. Stock up on Orange’s famed crisp apples, as well as a bounty of cheeses, olives, artisan breads, eggs, meats, and award-winning wines and cider, at the local Orange Farmers Market, on every second Saturday. 

You may want to plan your visit around one of Orange’s many food events. Look out for F.O.O.D Week in April, one of Australia’s most established regional food festivals. The program celebrates local farmers, chefs and restaurateurs. And don’t forget Orange Wine Month, which takes place in October and showcases the cool-climate region’s many noteworthy vineyards and producers.  

Swinging Bridge Wines, Orange CREDIT: Destination NSW

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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Nashdale Lane Wines, Nashdale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a glass of red wine from Nashdale Lane Wines, Nashdale.

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Nashdale Lane Wines, Nashdale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a glass of red wine from Nashdale Lane Wines, Nashdale.

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