Welcome to Orange
From delectable wineries & mouth-watering restaurants, to rolling countryside & quaint villages, uncover the beautiful Orange.
Living in the beautiful town of Orange provides city living without the endless traffic. Within the CBD, you’ll find large historic homes, luscious parks, and commanding views of Mount Canobolas. Over the past few years, Orange has quickly become one of the most desirable tree change locations and is loved by locals and visitors alike.
Being able to slow down while still enjoying all the city comforts of cafe’s, galleries and career development are some of the many reasons people stay or move to Orange
Our CBD stretches from Dalton Street (where you’ll find the newly built DPI offices), to Hill, to Moulder to Lords. Amongst the heritage-listed homes, you’ll find a smorgasbord of things to do. In additon to the advantages found in the CBD, Orange also boasts two new hospitals, attracting a range of health care workers.
The median age of Orange is 36 according to results published by Population Australia, down from 37 in 2011, showing us that increasingly families with young children are choosing to call Orange home.
Located approximately 30 minutes and with a population of just under 4,000 residents, Blayney is one of the larger villages surrounding Orange.
At first glance, you would think Blayney is just like any other small town, but it is so much more. Blayney is the heart of a rich farming and grazing area, as well as just being a beautiful place to visit or live.
The median house price in Blayney is $333,500, while the median rent price is $330 per week.
Sitting roughly 20 minutes outside of Orange, Borenore is a quiet village with a population of approximately 460 people.
Borenore is home to many of the region’s vineyards who produce a unique mix of wine varieties, including the popular Stockman’s Ridge.
Once a year Borenore population rapidly expands to over 50,000 people during the annual Australian National Field Days held every October.
Best know as the hot air balloon capital of Australia, the historic town of Canowindra is 45 minutes from Orange, 15 minutes from Cowra and has a population of 2,259.
The event of the year in Canowindra is the International Balloon Challenge, a spectacular event that turns the sky into a fiesta of colour. Held annually during the April school holidays, the event welcomes over 10 thousand visitors to see the balloons.
The median house price in Canowindra is $275,000 and the median rent price is $300 per week.
Known as the town that time forgot, Carcoar is 40 minutes from Orange and has a small population of approximately 200. It’s hard to believe that this sleepy town once rivalled Canberra as the nation’s capital, once used as the chief administrative and commercial centre of the Lachlan River.
The main road of Carcoar, Belubula Street is a wonder of architectural treasure (as is the entire town itself) resulting in Carcoar being listed by The National Trust NSW. Each of the town’s buildings has a story to tell, from one of Australia’s finest preserved courthouses to Carcoar’s Commercial Bank the site of Australia’s first daylight bank robbery.
Only a short 15 minute drive from Orange sits the village of Cargo.
With a population of around 600, Cargo was originally built on gold and prospered during the 1850’s. At the time Cargo was home to multiple hotels, schools and churches, as well as being a sporting precinct.
Today, Cargo is a quiet town with a rich farming heritage and some of the best grazing land around.
Considered more as an outer suburb of Orange than a village, Clifton Grove sits only 10 minutes outside of Orange and is home to approximately 850 residents, each with their own slice of lifestyle acreage. Houses within Clifton Grove tend to sell north of $800,000, with the location a popular spot for families and retirees.
34 minutes from Orange is the village of Cudal, home to 550 people. With rich agricultural land Cudal is known for its production of wool, canola, wine, beef and fat lambs.
Canola season is especially beautiful around Cudal, as the landscape becomes a vibrant patchwork of green and gold. Additionally, Cudal’s claim to fame is it’s the home of one of Australia’s largest single vineyards – Monument Wines.
Located in Cadia Valley and a popular stop for miners on their way home after a long 12-hour shift is Forest Reefs. Back in its heyday Forest Reefs was a gold mining area with gold being found in the 1860s-1870s.
In 1901 the Post Office Directory listed Forest Reefs with a population of 500 and included a butcher, blacksmith, baker, school, and two hotels.
Today, the population of Forest Reefs still sits around 500 and is popular with young families, but as for the businesses, only the pub remains.
A regular drive through destination for locals travelling to Bathurst, Lucknow is just five minutes from Orange.
Established during the gold rush of 1851, Lucknow was part of one of the richest goldfields in NSW. If you can believe it, over a period of eighty years a staggering 14,000 kg of gold was found.
Today it is home to an eclectic mix of stores, including a cafe, and homewares store and the ever-popular skin and boot barn.
Located 40km from Orange is Manildra. With a population of around 800, Manildra is recognised as an important rural centre with the largest flour mill in the country.
Owned by the Manildra Group the mill is an important source of employment and economic stability in the town and a point of community pride.
Manildra gained fame recently after artist Guido van Helten painted seven carriages, all featuring locals. Three times a week the painted carriages, along with others travel from Manildra the South Coast.
An easy 20 minute drive from Orange sits the historic town of Millthorpe. Visiting this village is like stepping back in time, but with a contemporary edge.
Millthorpe has a sought-after variety of restaurants and cafes, including Tonic who has regularly been awarded a chef’s hat by the SMH Good Food Guide.
Millthorpe is a proud community and many festivals and markets are held throughout the year, including the highly popular Millthorpe Markets held in April and December each year.
Located 30 minutes from Orange is the rural “city” of Molong that 1,700 people call home.
Molong boasts many historic buildings, including a remnant of the Cobb & Co empire. The “Coach House”. Built in the 1870s, the coach house was used as stables by the legendary coaching company.
Part of the appeal of Molong is its architectural heritage. Most of the buildings on Bank Street are historic and fascinating to see in person.
Located only 10 minutes from Orange is the farming village of Mullion Creek, home to 550.
The small town has a school, a church and a community hall. But most notably is famous for sightings of large cats that many people have thought to be cougars.
For locals, the most popular spot is Long Point.
Frequented by 4WD enthusiasts, Long Point is an adventure through the gold rush era, as you’ll spot relics from the time across the landscape.
Nashdale is home to many of the areas wineries and orchards and is located only 10 minutes from Orange. Home to 400 people, many in the Nashdale community come from generational farming families.
Nashdale sits at the foot of Mount Canobolas with the rich, volcanic soil found in the area make it an ideal spot for growers of vines, cherries, stone fruit and apples.
In addition to the abunant harvest on offer, there are a number of boutique restaurants overlooking paddocks and vines.
Just 10 minutes from Millthorpe and 30 from Orange, you’ll find the historic town of Spring Hill with origins that trace back to 1832.
The most popular attraction to Spring Hill is arguably Huntley Berry Farm. Popular with young families, visitors to the farm can be found picking baskets of berries straight from the bush or patting the lovable farm animals.
The area is also popular with cyclists and is part of a scenic drive and cycle route that includes Millthorpe, Forest Reefs and Lucknow.