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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.


Athol Gardens

Athol Gardens is a private homestead located in the heart of farming land in Blayney. It has a charm that will seduce you and your guests. Naturally beautiful with quiet and intimate natural green scapes, fountains, statues and tree-lined walks, the garden is over 140 years old.

Banjo Paterson Memorial Park

This picturesque park marks the site of Banjo Paterson's birth on17 February 1864. At the time, the property "Narrambla" was owned by his aunt and uncle, Rose and John Templar. John Templar also operated a flour mill on this site from 1864 to 1869 - both the homestead and flour mill once stood within these grounds.

Belubula River Walk

Stretching from Dakers Oval to Heritage Park, take a walk along Blayney’s newest nature-based attraction. Take in the local environment, waterways, and bird and plant species on this fully accessible 1.4km walk. The boardwalk features a footbridge to a small island surrounded by the Belubula River and connects Blayney's shopping centre with the main playground and recreation area.

Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve

An inland oasis for native wildlife and protected species like the eastern bent-winged bat, Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve near Orange is a great place to get in touch with nature. The ancient limestone caves are the feature attraction at Borenore, and there are several that are open to explore.
Opening Hours
Daily 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

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. Learn the original use of the German 'Whiz Bang Gun' located at the eastern gates and check out the impressive lattice fernery too.

East Orange Heritage Trail

This informative walk showcases the architecture of what was the Municipality of East Orange during the 1800's. Highlights include Bowen Terrace, the Strand Theatre, Robertson Park and the Orange Railway Station. The walk starts from the Orange Visitor Information Centre and takes approximately 1.5 hours, exploring this part of the city's history and heritage.

Elephant Park

One of Orange's most popular and scenic family parks with a playground, cycleways, barbecue and plenty of open space. Located on the site where visiting Circus' once performed, Elephant Park connects to Moulder Park via Blackmans Swamp Creek and is home to regular Orange Runners Club events.

Gosling Creek Reserve

South of Orange, along Forest Road is Gosling Creek Reserve, an environmentally based recreational facility. The Reserve offers open spaces, picnic areas, barbecues, walking/cycling/rollerblading pathways and play equipment, great for climbing, spinning and balancing! Gosling Creek Reserve has been reclaimed from a pine plantation and is currently part of a regeneration program.

Heritage Park - Blayney

Heritage Park, located in Blayney’s main street has a range of out-of-the-ordinary playground activities providing plenty of fun for kids of all ages. See what it is like to be a mouse on a running wheel in the mouse house, swing on flying fox and swings, climb up high on the climbing gym, play in the sand pit or challenge someone to a game of giant chess board.


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