The birthplace of the beloved Australian poet, Orange NSW and the surrounding region celebrate Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival each February to coincide with his birth date on February 17, 1864.
Andrew Barton (Banjo) Patterson was an Australian legend. Recognised as one of Australia’s most famous and most admired bush poets he wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, focusing particularly on the rural and outback areas, including districts in New South Wales where he spent much of his childhood. He led a fascinating life and went on to become a journalist, lawyer, war correspondent and farmer, who fought in WWI.
Australian poetry is alive and well today, and this Orange festival celebrates with a quality program of events including bush poetry, cultural tours, local history, aboriginal performance, markets and the wonderful food and wine of the Orange region. Visitors can enter poetry recital competitions, try camp oven cooking, and so much more.