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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.

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.
 
Opening Hours
Daily 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Borrodell Estate

On a glorious site, high above the bustling city and overlooking lush countryside, is Borrodell Estate, a luxury hideaway amongst the grape vines - one of Australia's highest! Borrodell is nestled in the lee of Mount Canobolas on the slopes of the Towac Valley.
 
Opening Hours
Wednesday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

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 1800's. 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.

Family fun: pick berries and celebrate local produce

Pick ripe strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, vegetable and sunflowers on the working farm to take home throughout the season. Visit the petting zoo and Marang Indigenous Edible Garden, meet the farm animals and take a tractor ride.
 
Opening Hours
Thursday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Gosling Creek Reserve

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

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