Orange (New South Wales)

Deciduous trees in Byng Street

Orange is a small city in the Central West of the Australian state of New South Wales.


Orange is not named for the citrus fruit: the area around the town is nowhere near warm enough to grow oranges! (Somewhat amusingly, Orange is instead noted for its apple orchards.) Rather, it was named for Prince William of Orange, later William I of the Netherlands.

Orange has a population of approximately 40,000 people and is one of the older towns in inland New South Wales. The one square mile village of Orange was established in 1841, and grew quickly due to Australia's first payable gold discovery in 1851 in nearby Ophir and later due to agricultural output.

The City of Orange municipality is in the centre of the Cabonne Shire. The Cabonne Shire consists of farmland and orchards and calls itself Australia's Fruit Basket. Orange and the surrounding area are known for quiet getaways and excellent food and wine. Orange calls itself Australia's Colour City due to its large number of European trees and their autumn colours. Late March and April are the best times to visit to see the colours.

Orange has a mild climate, with very comfortable summers (25℃-35℃/80℉-95℉ during the day), cool autumn and spring weather (15℃-25℃/60℉-80℉ during the day, falling as low as -1℃/30℉ at night) and, for Australia, cold winters with severe frost at times (0℃-10℃/35℉-50℉ during the day, falling to -5℃/20℉ overnight). Because of its elevation (862 meters/2 828 feet) it is one of the few areas of mainland Australia other than the Snowy Mountains that has relatively frequent snow during winter, and it is one of the very few population centres that gets any significant snowfalls.

Get in

Orange is four hours west of Sydney by car. Travellers would take the A32 (Great Western Highway to Bathurst and the Mitchell Highway to Orange).

Orange has several public transport links to Sydney operated by NSW Trainlink Regional (tel 13 22 32). There is one direct train service in each direction daily and several bus services meeting trains at Lithgow. Train or bus from Sydney usually takes five hours. There are also less frequent NSW Trainlink bus services from Canberra.

Regional Express (tel 13 17 13 within Australia or +61 2 6393-5550 outside Australia) operates flights from Sydney to Orange and return. Flight time is approximately 45 to 60 minutes.

Get around

Public transport in Orange is limited to the town itself, and to links to other towns in the district. Since most tourists will be interested in attractions around the town and in the Cabonne Shire, using a car is the best way to see the Orange area.


Bandstand in Cook Park



In autumn, drive out to one of the many apple orchards immediately to the west of the town and buy a bucket of freshly picked apples, keeping in mind that it may make it hard for you to eat the year-round supermarket variety in the future.


Like most Australian towns, there is a big drinking culture within Orange, due to the social focus of the local pubs, as well as due to the local wineries.


Wineries in Orange and Cabonne open for tasting include:



Major Australian mobile (cell) phone companies provide very good G3/G4 coverage inside the city. Coverage in outlying towns and villages is being progressively improved however it might be patchy traveling between destinations.

Go next

The Indian Pacific transcontinental train passes through Orange westward to Perth. Dubbo and Forbes further west are the next inland towns. Cowra's Japanese Garden and World War II war cemetery are a good day trip.




Routes through Orange

Broken Hill Parkes, Condobolin, Eubalong West, Ivanhoe, Menindee  W  E  Bathurst

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