Fun Things to do in Millthorpe
Warning: This quaint, historic village in NSW will capture your heart.
The historic village of Millthorpe is only just a 25-minute picturesque drive from Orange. This beautiful heritage-listed village is part of the Blayney Shire and, at last count, boasted a population of 1109 friendly locals. Adorned with vintage signs & picket fences, visitors will step back in time to experience some genuine country hospitality. Although quiet during the week, don’t underestimate Millthorpe. This sleepy little town comes alive on the weekends, full of country charm and Australian history.
The railway station, home to ‘Millthorpe Chocolates and Station Cafe’
A brief history
When the train station was established in the 1870s, Millthorpe became integral in providing flour, chaff, peas and potatoes to the burgeoning population in Sydney.
Here’s my insider top things to do and see in Millthorpe.
INDULGE IN LOCAL PRODUCE
Millthorpe was a potato and pea growing hub but has now diversified. The ‘Millthorpe Providore’ has an extensive selection of local products including but not limited to oil, curry paste, cheese, pickles, tea, honey and biscuits. This friendly establishment also serve Bills Beans coffee and meals with limited seating. ‘The Old Mill Cafe’ is an iconic Millthorpe café and is famous for its lemon meringue pie. The Millthorpe railway station is also a favourite stop if you have a sweet tooth.
If you are wanting a enjoy a long lunch, book a table at the hatted restaurant, ‘Tonic’. Tony Worland is the chef and owner and has been passionately using local ingredients since 2003.
You’ll be spoilt for choice with three cellar doors, all within easy walking distance: Tamburlaine, Slow Wine Co and Angullong. Each has an extensive range of cool climate wines including chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir.
- Tamburlaine produces organic and vegan friendly wines from at their 300-hectare estate. (this winery has committed to sustainable practices even as it continues to expand. The owners have installed solar panels and a drip irrigation system to recycle water for their vineyards) The Millthorpe cellar door operates out of the historic general store in Pym Street and is open Thursday to Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.
- Angullong was established in 1950 and is one of the oldest vineyards in the Orange region. The cellar door operates out of a historic bluestone building, built in the late 1800s and originally used as stables for the adjoining hotel. It’s open daily from 11 am – 5 pm.
- Slow Wine Co has a philosophy of small lot selection and hand management in vineyard and winery. Their cellar door in Millthorpe is open daily from 11 am – 5pm with extended hours on Friday and Saturday nights.
Be sure to book ahead for your wine tasting.
The museum is staffed by volunteers and is open on weekends and public holidays from 11 am – 2pm.
Quaint shops line the historic streets, offering retail therapy. ‘Millthorpe Blue’ is a popular boutique for quality ladies fashion and accessories. There are specialty shops selling pjs and lollies and, of course, antiques. Bower bird antiques have a lovey range of French vintage treasures. Other eclectic shops line historic Pym Street selling homewares, jewellery and giftware.
Each Sunday, Country Food Trails offer a tour to Millthorpe. It includes a private walking tour of the village with a member of the local historical society. Wine tasting and a lunch featuring local produce is included.