Escape to Orange: A perfect weekend getaway from Sydney
Nestled in the heart of New South Wales, Orange is a charming town known for its beautiful vineyards, historic buildings, and stunning countryside. With its relaxed atmosphere and friendly locals, Orange is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway from Sydney. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and discover our guide to the best weekend away in Orange.
Visit the local wineries
Orange is known for its vineyards and wineries, so a visit to one of them is a must-do. Take a wine tour and enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding countryside while tasting some of the region's best wines. We recommend visiting De Salis Wines (a GoGet fave!) and trying out their Lofty Pinot Noir and Wild Fume Blanc. You won’t regret it! They are also home to some adorable vineyard dogs (make sure to give them a pat from us). Visit at sunset for gorgeous views to accompany the gorgeous wines. Another fantastic nearby winery is Rowlee Wines. You can’t go wrong checking out either one.
Millthorpe is a historic village located just 20 minutes drive from Orange. It was established in the 19th century and still retains many of its original buildings and architecture, giving visitors a glimpse into the past. The village is a popular destination for foodies, with several award-winning restaurants and cafes serving up delicious local produce. Visit Tonic for dinner for an extraordinary dining experience. They do a 5 course set menu which changes week to week so even if you’ve been before it’s worth going back again. And again. You will need to book in advance though as they can get busy!
Millthorpe is also home to a number of boutique shops and galleries, making it a great place to pick up unique souvenirs and gifts. Don't miss the Millthorpe Markets, held on the first Sunday of every month, where you can browse handmade crafts, sample local food and wine, and enjoy live music.
Indulge in local food
Orange also has some incredible food closer to the town centre for you to indulge in. The vibrant food scene displays many fantastic restaurants and cafes serving up delicious local cuisine. It’s one of the very best foodie destinations in NSW. From fine dining to casual eateries, Orange has plenty of options to choose from. Some of the GoGet team’s favourites include:
Byng Street: A fantastic breakfast spot serving memorable food and coffee
Birdie Noshery & Drinking est: Serving a delicious lineup of food, craft beer, and cocktails
Charred: A higher end dining experience offering set tasting menus for a fancy night out!
The Agrestic Grocer: A combined grocer and cafe offers local, fresh produce to enjoy.
Explore the historic town centre
Orange has a rich history, and the town centre is home to many historic buildings and landmarks. Take a stroll through the tree-lined streets and admire the beautiful architecture. Some of the must-visit attractions in the town centre include the Orange Courthouse, the Orange City Library, and the historic Holy Trinity Anglican Church. You can also check out the local farmers' market: The Orange Farmers Market is held every second Saturday and is a great place to buy fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, and handmade crafts. It's a perfect place to pick up some souvenirs or ingredients for a picnic lunch. You can also enjoy live music and grab a bite to eat from one of the food stalls.
Take a hike
Orange is surrounded by stunning countryside, perfect for a leisurely hike. The Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area is a popular spot for hiking, with trails of varying difficulty levels and stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The Federal Falls Walk is a popular hiking trail that takes you through lush forest to a beautiful waterfall.
Enjoy a picnic in the countryside
With its beautiful countryside and fresh produce, Orange is a perfect place for a picnic. Pack a basket with some local produce and wine, and head out to the countryside for a relaxing afternoon surrounded by nature. Some popular picnic spots include the Lake Canobolas Reserve and the Cook Park Gardens.
GoGet out there!
Orange is a perfect destination for a weekend getaway, with its beautiful countryside, delicious food, and fantastic wine. Whether you're looking to relax, explore, or indulge, Orange has something for everyone. If you’re a GoGet member, then there’s nothing standing in your way! Book a car today and hit the road. No Membership? No problem! We’ve got the perfect plan for you!