What you can do thereOrange is also home to the annual Orange F.O.O.D Week, Australia’s longest-running regional food festival. Outdoor activities include hiking the track of Mount Canobolas and exploring nearby scenic national parks. Accommodation options range from trendy boutique hotels located in the centre of town to luxurious vineyard cottages.
• Philip Shaw
One of the pioneering winemaking families of Orange, the Koomooloo vineyard is home to Philip Shaw Wines and is one of the highest and coolest vineyards in Australia. The cellar door is located in a beautiful 130 year Bluestone barn, with stunning surrounding gardens where guests can enjoy a range of wine and food tasting experiences. philipshaw.com.au
• Rowlee Wines
This estate makes wines exclusively from its single vineyard located in the foothills of Mount Canobolas. Rowlee Wines offers intimate tastings, wine and food pairings, picnics in the vines and luxury accommodation. Surrounded by vineyards, farmland and a conservation area, the winery dates back to the mid-1800s and includes the original homestead and outbuildings. Grapes are harvested by hand and crafted in small batches. rowleewines.com.au
• Swinging Bridge
This family-owned winery specialises in premium chardonnay and pinot noir. Its cellar door has been awarded Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine’s Best Cellar Door in the region. Guests can enjoy a sit-down experience with beautiful views of Mount Canobolas. Experiences include wine tastings, a picnic in the vines, or for something really special, the Sydney to Orange helicopter experience. swingingbridge.com.au
Tours and activities
• The Barrel & Larder
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The Barrel & Larder at the Ross Hill Cooking School offers a diverse range of culinary lessons. Options including sausage making, kids’ cooking classes and Vietnamese, Sri Lankan and Japanese cooking classes. Watch chefs prepare a selection of beautiful dishes, then enjoy a shared meal matched with Ross Hill’s cool climate wines. rosshillwines.com.au
Spend a few days exploring one of the most colourful parts of New South Wales. From the beautiful Blue Mountains to the famous foodie centre of Orange, there’s delicious food, wine and beer awaiting you at every stop. Download a snapshot of our recommended itinerary here.
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