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24 hours in Orange: A perfect itinerary for one day in the colour city

word orange on an orange wall Autumn leaves in street of Orange

Whether you have loads of time or are just here for a quick taste of all the wonderful things that Orange has to offer, I have the tour for you.

I’m an Orange local with many tips, tricks, hidden gems and fun experiences up my sleeve.  I know where to go and what to do and when to do it and I love showcasing my beautiful region with visitors and locals who want to learn more about our delicious food, cold climate wine and history.

So for a fabulous day out give me a call.

Orange in a Day

8.30am: Coffee and a quick bite to eat from Groundstone.  Their pancakes are amazing, but as we have a big day of indulgence ahead of us, I suggest that maybe this time grab something light.

9am: The Tasting Trail Tour

Fire up your taste buds for an amazing introduction to Orange’s local food history including tastings of local indigenous foods and a delicious platter of local produce for lunch.

We’ll walk, talk and meet and eat our way through the heart of Orange, enjoying some time with First Nation Guide Gerald who will share his passion for for indigenous food and the amazing edible plants that you can grow in your own garden. Damper, biscuits and tea infused with indigenous flavours, will be on the menu as you learn more about these amazing ingredients. The more strolling as enjoy an hour walk visiting historic buildings to learn about European settlement and the history of food and wine in the area. Your grand finale gourmet experience will be a lunch platter of delicious platter of local produce at Greenstone.

2 ladies drinking tea First nation guide smiling

6 guests picking native plants 5 ladies walking in Robinson Park

12pm: Retail Therapy!

In Orange we are genuinely spoilt for choice, but I have a few favourites up my sleeve; Cinnabar for jewellery and clothing, Eclectic for homewares, Mary and Tex for gifts, clothing and a lovely browse. And fabulous Frockwork Orange for their eco-friendly approach to upcycled fashion. And no visit to Orange would be complete without a visit to Jumbled. There’s a coffee shop in the middle of this colourful shop! Be warned, it’s difficult to leave any of these shops emptyhanded.

bed with orange bedspread and flowers above shop feuring colourful tables and charis

1pm: From Fashion to Fernery

Your next stop is beautiful Cook Park. With its stunning established trees, fernery, duck pond and gorgeous cottage with local crafts you’ll enjoy this time out after eating and shopping up a treat.

6 ladies standing on bridge over duck pond rotunda in park in Autumn

2pm: It’s Wine O’clock, with wine tasting at Word of Mouth Wines

After a busy morning it’s time to drop the pace a little further and imbibe in some delicious cool-climate wines and some more yummy local produce. (Tastings are $20 per person and can be made by phoning Deb.)

food and wine platter water tank with text work of mouth wines welcome

3.30pm: Time to get the blood pumping!

After a quick, but very scenic 10-minute drive you’ll arrive at Pinnacle Lookout where you can stretch it out and walk off some of your day’s gourmet delights.

Get set for the 234 steps to the top, they’re well worth the challenge as the view is spectacular.

lady walking up steps in national park view of olive grove

5pm: Sundown.  Pop in for a drink at Sky Bar at Borrodell

Only another short 10-minute scenic drive out of town and you’ll be at Borrodell, currently the only vineyard with a restaurant on site. Sky Bar’s views, beverages and sunset experiences is a fabulous way to see in your evening. Wine tasting is also available before 3pm. Bookings are essential.

4 ladies in front of pink sky sunset

7pm: Dinner Time!  And I totally recommend Charred

beetroot salad charred restaurant

Rave reviews see guests coming back time and time again!  Charred is one of my favourite local restaurants and is consistently a winner in the eyes of all visitors and locals.

Rest your head!

There are plenty of places to stay in Orange, but I personally recommend Villa 149.  This gorgeous heritage property provides guests with a stylish, comfortable, and cosy B&B accommodation option with the added benefit of a lovely courtyard garden.

heritage cottage with picket fence

AND, if you’ve got more than 24 hours, or you plan on coming back to Orange again, you might want to consider one of our other tours – we’d love to see you.