Clare Lynton
December 6, 2020

8 Things To Do for a Weekend in Orange NSW

Spend your summer days lazying around vineyards, picking cherries and eating croissants. Lying in the shadow of an ancient volcano, Orange is much more than your standard country town. Best known for its cool-climate wines and snowy winters (yes we get snow!) Orange is also a keeper for your summer books. The way the town sits means it's also more likely to be cooler here in summer - no excuse then for swapping the beach for a few days inland.

Where is Orange, NSW?

First things first. Orange NSW is 254km west of Sydney, in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia. By car, it's about a 3.5 hour drive.

Top Restaurants in Orange NSW

Racine Bakery. Restaurants Orange NSW
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Racine | Open Mon-Sat from 7am

Grab a poppyseed croissant and much more at this artisan bakery. Nothing beats biting into a freshly baked handmade pastry 🤤

Charred Kitchen & Bar. Restaurants Orange NSW
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Charred Kitchen & Bar | Open Tue-Sat from 11am

After you've gotten over breakfast, continue the local feast with Charred. Local produce crafted by inspiration taken from across the globe, and a wood and charcoal oven. Your tastebuds will never be the same again.

Wineries in Orange NSW

Rowlee Wines. Wineries in Orange NSW
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Rowlee Wines | Open daily from 11am

Take a tour around this premium winery, and treat your tastebuds to a cheese or chocolate pairing. Then grab a picnic hamper and while away the afternoon discussing all things wine.

Pioneer Brewing Co | Check their website for brewery tours!

Swap up the wine for a microbrewery. Not just any brewery, this one's 100% independently owned and farm-based to boot (expect nothing less in Orange!). Don't worry connoisseurs, they've also picked up awards along the way and never stand still.

Things to do in Orange NSW

Jumbled Homewares. Orange NSW
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JUMBLED at The Sonic | Open Mon-Sat from 10am

"More is more. Less is a bore." With a tagline like that, you're sure to find something for that friend who has everything. Colourful art and homewares abound, as well as original art (the perfect souvenir from your time here). A stop well worth it even just for a sneaky window shop.

Thornbrook Orchard. Orange NSW
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Thornbrook Orchard | Open daily until Christmas Eve

They tell us cherry season started on the 5 December so go, go, go! But if you are short on time, you can always get your cherry fix at the farm gate. The little red gems are available all packed and ready to go for $10-$15 AUD.

Millthorpe Providore. Orange NSW
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Millthorpe Providore | Open daily from 7am

There are so many lovely towns a stone's throw away. A 20min drive out of Orange, NSW and you'll be in heritage listed town Millthorpe. Stock up on local produce at Millthorpe Providore, then check out the two local wineries, or take part in a paddock-to-plate-tour. See for more!

Accommodation Orange NSW

Accommodation Orange NSW
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Nashdale Wines | Sleeps 2 from $325 AUD per night

Go for the wine tasting, stay for the glamping. Wake up amongst the vines with views of Mount Canoblas and a taste of fresh mountain air.

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