Orange is the next major centre encounted on the now Mitchell Hgy heading to Dubbo (or vice versa). Orange is both an historic and young (pop wise) centre. There is no museum in Orange and this may explain that there is a ‘rough edge’ to the town.

On a plan dated 1829, a village reserve, in the parish of Orange. Sir Thomas Mitchell named the parish Orange, as he had been an associate of the Prince of Orange in the Peninsular War, when both were aides-de-camp to the Duke of Wellington, whose title was bestowed on the valley westward, by Oxley. Blackman's Swamp was decided upon and proclaimed a village and named Orange by Major Thomas Mitchell in 1846 in Honour of Prince William of Orange.

Orange is the birthplace of poet Banjo Paterson, although Paterson lived in Orange for only a very short time as an infant. The birth place is poorly signed.

At nearby Ophir the first payable discovery of gold in Australia was made in 1851 which led to the Australian gold rush. Subsequent discoveries of gold in nearby areas led to the establishment of Orange as a central trading centre for the gold.

The main street is an attractive street with many a building a carryover from the gold rush era.

All of the congregational churches in Orange are great buildings. The Anglican and Catholic are stand outs.

The Orange War Memorial is a modern acknowledgement that is a nice tribute.

Nearly all of the hotels in Orange are great NSW classics. It is great to see these survivors.

Orange is a town that will require a minimum of one day and an overnight when visiting.

Heritage diary





Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course