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Parks, Gardens & Reserves

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Well-known for its abundance of European trees and superb autumn colour, it is no surprise that some of the prime Orange attractions are its spectacular gardens, parks and reserves.

Visitors to the town will find they are spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful parks and gardens. Discover enormous trees dating back to the 1880s towering over original century-old fountains, bandstands and conservatories; contemporary gardens with varied landscapes of orchards, billabongs and woodlands that tell a story of the region’s past and present; an elegant park with formal Victorian-style gardens that pay homage to the town’s fallen war heroes or take a walk along a poplar-lined creek filled with ducks and reeds.

Outside of Orange you will find a rich diversity of landscape including box woodland, open farm country, dams and reservoirs, pine plantations, cave systems, picturesque waterways and eucalypt forests. Find a wealth of public reserves well-facilitated with picnic and BBQ areas as well as public amenities.

Orange weather experiences four distinct seasons, and visitors will want to return time and again to experience the unique natural beauty each season has to offer.

Cook Park

Cook Park embodies the seasonal colours of Orange, all year round. Summer's arrival brings gardens of stunning and vibrant, coloured roses.

Cook Park Heritage Walk

The self guided walk will teach you about the origins of Cook Park, first proclaimed in 1873. The walk takes in the original caretakers cottage which now hosts the Park Guildry, adorned with local arts and crafts.

East Orange Heritage Trail

This informative walk showcases the architecture of what was the Municipality of East Orange during the 1800s. Highlights include Bowen Terrace, the Strand Theatre, Robertson Park and the Orange Railway Station.

Elephant Park

One of Orange's most popular and scenic family parks with a playground, cycleways, barbecue and plenty of open space.

Gosling Creek Reserve

South of Orange, along Forest Road is Gosling Creek Reserve, an environmentally based recreational facility.

John Lomas Skate Park

The John Lomas Skate Park features bowls, pyramid jump, spine and grind blocks, box and rails - everything for BMX bikes, scooters, roller skaters, in-line skaters and skate boarders. This highly rated skate park is available during daylights hours between 6am and 8pm.

Lake Canobolas Reserve

Near the foot of Mount Canobolas lies a beautiful, tranquil lake which welcomes locals and visitors to exercise and energize, or just relax and enjoy the scenery.

Orange Adventure Playground

The Orange Adventure Playground is a fun-loving oasis for all kids, including those with special needs. There's plenty of options for climbing, swinging, sliding and running with shaded seating for supervising parents.

Orange Botanic Gardens

Orange Botanic Gardens is a naturally undulating 17 hectare site which features an impressive native and exotic plant collection.

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