Things to do in Orange: Where to Eat, Drink, and Stay
From beautiful cottage stays to winery-hopping, these are the best things to do in Orange.
Drive just a few hours west of the Blue Mountains and you’ll find yourself surrounded by beautiful countryside, where rolling hills of rich greens and scattered grey gums sprout sporadically — these are telling signs that you’ve indeed arrived at Orange.
In Orange, the food is just as much of a drawcard as the beautiful scenery. Equally, the flourishing cosmopolitan lifestyle is also beyond question, attracting more and more boutique fashion and homeware stores to its stylish streets.
However, regardless of its burgeoning nature, Orange maintains its pace and authenticity as a rural region, where the word ‘community’ is not merely a buzzword, but instead, it’s the very heartbeat, and what makes this destination so appealing. And here are the best things to do in Orange to make the most of your stay!
Things to do in Orange: Eat
A local favourite that delivers big on baked deliciousness, Racine Bakery is a must-try when you are in the area. Using well-loved recipes, fresh local produce and artisan techniques, you can truly taste the difference in their handmade sourdough. Come for their sweet pastries, and stay for the warm and friendly hospitality. With a fine dining restaurant background, they also offer the Racine experience at home with their popular catering service and ready-made meal packages.
166B Summer Street, Orange
Having opened in 2011, Byng Street Cafe has become one of the leaders amongst the local café scene. The prominent location on the central Orange corner of Byng and Clinton St draws in the morning crowd, friendly catch-ups, business meetings — and anyone just grabbing a coffee to go. Seat yourself on the benches on the wrap around verandah, inside the main, bright and spacious dining area, or outside, within the sunny courtyard.
47 Byng Street, Orange
Previously a bowling club, The Greenhouse of Orange was transformed into a multi dining venue in 2017, and quickly become a popular eatery locale. On site, there’s various kitchens available, offering multiple menus — all of which give a nod to the regional produce of Orange. There are also multiple sitting sections, including an indoor dining space filled with abundance of plants and an expansive open-air deck with raised garden beds to the side.
231-243 Anson Street, Orange
Ask any local where to go for the best Thai food in town and Sweet Sour Salt will be recommended proudly. And once you pay a visit to their new location, it will be easy to tell why. This buzzing restaurant now sits inside a tastefully renovated Victorian terrace and serves up a flavourful Thai menu with Chinese, Vietnamese, and Malaysian influences thrown into the mix. The Korean spicy fried chicken wings are an absolute must.
179 Anson Street, Orange
Things to do in Orange: Drink
One of Australia’s most celebrated winemakers, Philip Shaw Wines, established his own vineyard in Orange back in 1989. Today, this family-owned and operated winery, now run by three industrious members of the Shaw clan, consists of a tasting room, restaurant and wedding venue — all centered around a restored turn-of-the-century stone barn. Expect the wines here to have a bright fruit flavour with an intense elegance and complexity.
100 Shiralee Road, Orange
Nashdale Lane is a welcoming and unapologetically laidback winery, surrounded by rows upon rows of vineyards. Family owned and run, Nashdale has ‘sit back and relax’, written all over it. The light-filled cellar door invites visitors to sample their exceptional range of cool-climate wines, all whilst taking in the idyllic surrounding views through the many oversized, sliding windows. There’s also an onsite glamping experience, the only one of its kind in NSW (more on this below).
125 Nashdale Lane,
Housed in a carefully preserved heritage building, Ferment is an elegant wine centre where you can sample some of the Orange region's best wines, along with a matching cheese plate, should you wish. It’s the perfect place to stop for a pre-dinner drink, and you may just be tempted to take a bottle (or two) of your favourite home with you.
87 Hill Street, Orange
Harvested by hand and crafted in small batches, Rowlee Wines & Vineyard is the epitome of quality over quantity, producing premium single-vineyard wines and the results (and awards) speak for themselves. Visit here for one of their various ‘Experiences’ offerings, including a ‘Picnic In The Vines’, where you can spend an indulgent afternoon on the estate with your very own private picnic — gourmet produce included.
42 Lake Canobolas Road,
Things to do in Orange: Stay
Boasting two beautiful, centrally located places to stay, The White Place is one of Orange’s most popular accommodation options. Generous in size, stylish, and charming, The White Place is born from the modern interiors mastermind, Alex Pilcher, founder and manager of The White Place stay, style, and events company.
The Byng Street home is an expansive, double-brick cottage with ornate ceilings, polished timber floors, and an old-school fireplace. Over on Casey Street, the recently renovated, mid-century red brick home is a relaxing oasis. Think open-plan living, kitchen and dining and four bedrooms with distinct Scandi-style. Modern and light-filled, the holiday homes lend themselves perfectly to entertaining and unwinding with friends and family.
Rowlee Wines & Vineyard (as seen above) also has its very own private, luxury guesthouse set within the estate. This lovingly renovated one-bedroom cottage displays a comfortable and sophisticated setting, with a single master bedroom, making it perfect for couples. There’s plenty of space to relax too, with double French doors that open onto a private verandah with views across the lush gardens.
From $299 per night
19 Lake Canobolas Road, Orange
Another winery with onsite accommodation, yet with a slightly more unique design, is Nashdale Lane’s luxury glamping tents, set right amongst the vines. The two spacious timber and canvas tents, named ‘Rustig’ and ‘Kalmte’, feature hardwood floors, kitchenette, comfortable queen bed, and a private toilet and shower facilities. There’s even a wood fire for the cooler months, and a cushioned deck seating, along with a BBQ — perfect for those warm summer evenings.
From $250 per night
125 Nashdale Lane,
Specifically designed as a couples’ retreat, Lakeview Luxury Retreat offers clear views over Lake Canobolas, in separate spacious and modern 5-star villas. Along with your stay amongst the hills just outside of Orange, you’ll be provided with all the local ingredients to cook up your own breakfast in the self-contained kitchen, or on the BBQ out on the deck. And make a point to say hello to the friendly herd of Highland cattle who roam the adjoining paddocks.
From $290 per night
Stanford Road, Orange
Loving our edit of the best things to do in Orange? We have all your travel needs covered! Head straight to our Destinations page for more inspiration.
I'd love to live near