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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.

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Cook Park embodies the seasonal colours of Orange, all year round. Summer's arrival brings gardens of stunning and vibrant, coloured roses. From February to April, hundreds of begonias bloom in the 'Blowes Conservatory' and in Spring, a burst of colour arrives with masses of tulips and daffodils.

This 4.5 hectare parkland in the heart of Orange is named after Captain James Cook and was originally laid out in a traditional Victorian design in 1873, with straight paths and rows of trees. Much of the original design is still in place.

This National Trust area is also home to duck ponds, swings (for kids), an aviary featuring predominantly native birdlife (for bird watchers), the peaceful Lattice Fernery and for the craft lover, there is the Cook Park Guildry.

The Guildry can be found in ‘Bastick Cottage’, a Victorian style, heritage building. Visitors will find a wide range of unique handcrafted goods including pottery, knitting, woodwork, homemade jams and freshly baked goods.

Cook Park is an easy 10 minute walk west of the Orange CBD via Summer or Kite Streets.

The self-guided heritage walk is very popular with brochures available in the Guildry or from the Orange Visitor Information Centre.

Address

24 Summer Street
Orange

Classifications

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations, Landmarks and Buildings, Parks and Gardens

Special Features

Carpark, Family Friendly, Picnic Area, Public Toilet

Costs

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