Best Dining Experiences in Orange, NSW

Nestled amidst the rolling hills and vineyards of New South Wales, Orange stands as a culinary haven, offering a diverse array of dining experiences that celebrate the region’s flavours and culture. From farm-to-table eateries to fine-dining restaurants, Orange promises a culinary journey that delights the senses and leaves a lasting impression. As a trusted regional accommodation provider, we’re excited to guide you through the finest dining experiences in Orange, NSW

Printhie Wines

Stunning views and exceptional food, Printhie Dining provides the complete restaurant experience. The award winning cellar door & restaurant sits amongst the slopes of Mt Canobolas at 1000 metres above sea level offering some of the most exceptional views in the region. Be sure to book a visit to experience their 5 course degustation lunch inspired by Australian native flavours and premium local produce. Must have a booking.

www.printhiewines.com.au

Charred Kitchen & Bar

Chef-hatted Charred Kitchen & Bar offers a set tasting menu and an extensive wine and craft beer list. Expect relaxed dining with a warm and welcoming vibe, ideal for intimate dinners with your special someone or a group setting with kid friendly options. 

Bookings recommended.

www.charred.com.au

Union Bank 

Set in a historic 165-year-old Bank, you’ll find the locally owned and upbeat UB – a thriving food and hospitality precinct with community at its heart. Here, a connection between produce and people is encouraged.

Enjoy a sharing style menu highlighting seasonal produce in the area, be sure to try their potato scallops – a popular choice by locals. Bookings encouraged for the dining room, with walk-ins only in the courtyard area. 

www.theunionbank.com.au

Mr Lims

Korean food & karaoke; a culinary gem that has been captivating the taste buds of locals and visitors alike – Mr. Lim’s Restaurant. With its exquisite blend of traditional and modern flavours, charming ambiance, and impeccable service, Mr. Lim’s has established itself as a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts seeking a remarkable dining experience. Choose from an a la carte menu during the week and a banquet menu on Friday and Saturday with karaoke in the restaurant from 8pm!

www.mrlimorange.com

Sweet Sour Salt

At Sweet Sour Salt, tradition meets contemporary in this heritage home that has been converted to this popular modern Asian restaurant. The menu showcases a masterful fusion of Asian and modern Australian influences accompanied by a delicious cocktail & wine menu. 

The must-try dish being the son in law eggs be sure to try on your next visit. Bookings recommended via their website. 

www.sweetsoursalt.com.au

The Peacock Room

Step into The Peacock Room and be transported to a world of refined elegance. The restaurant’s lavish décor, characterised by rich textures, intricate detailing, and plush seating, creates an atmosphere that is both opulent and inviting. Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner or a celebratory event, The Peacock Room’s ambiance sets the stage for a memorable experience. Located inside the Oriana Hotel and opened for dinner Tuesday – Saturday. During the warmer months enjoy the beautiful garden setting and pool bar whilst visiting. 

www.orianaorange.com/restaurant

Tonic

Stepping into Tonic Restaurant feels like entering a timeless sanctuary. The rustic elegance of the décor, marked by exposed brick walls, wooden beams, and cosy lighting, creates an intimate and inviting atmosphere. The menu has a seasonal focus and showcases the best from local producers such as Mandagery Creek Venison and Cowra Lamb. Over the last seventeen years the restaurant has regularly been awarded a chef’s hat by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. A popular place for locals, Tonic Restaurant offers a setting that exudes warmth and sophistication in the beautiful village of Millthorpe. Opened Thursday – Sunday, bookings recommended. 

www.tonicmillthorpe.com.au

Birdie

A local hangout spot oozing with style and good food! Birdie is located in the heart of Orange next to the popular Silt Milk Gelato bar. Opened for breakfast, lunch & dinner Birdie offers a range of share plates to hearty meals, think antipasto boards to delicious pasta and sometimes featuring local artists playing live on a Saturday night. Bookings only required for large groups. 

www.birdienosherydrinkingest.com

 Sisters Rock Restaurant

Located at the stunning Borrodell Vineyard, Sisters Rock Restaurant is situated high up near Gaanha Bula-Mount Canobolas previously known as Mount Canobolas. Aside from the spectacular views of the region overlooking vineyards and orchards, Sisters Rock Restaurant features seasonal produce and locally grown ingredients to champion their menu. A visit to their Sky Bar next door should be added to the agenda, the restaurant is a 20 minute drive from the centre of town and is open for lunch Thursday – Monday and dinner Friday & Saturday. 

Book your visit via their website. 

www.borrodell.com.au/vineyard-restaurant-orange

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Autumn In Orange

The Best of Autumn in Orange, NSW

Orange is known to have four distinct seasons and Autumn never disappoints. If you are lucky enough to be visiting our region during this time of year we would love to share with you our top suggestions!

Parks & Gardens

Let nature show you how beautiful the region is! First on our list is Cook Park, located in the centre of town around many heritage listed homes you will find this picture perfect scene. 4.5 hectares of parkland shows off the seasonal colours of Orange with a lovely family-friendly offering including the famous duckpond and swing play area. Be sure to add this to your morning walk itinerary, picnic plans or afternoon play spot during your stay.

Orange Botanic Gardens, located North of the CBD is a 17 hectare site for all the garden & nature lovers. The Botanic Gardens offer an impressive collections of plants and bird watching opportunities. A more secluded area to have a family picnic or relaxing stroll. 

A now weekend ritual for locals, an Autumn weekend isn’t complete without a visit to Lake Canobolas. A short 10 minute drive from the CBD, the Lake ticks all the boxes. Plan your visit around a coffee catch up or lunch date at the Lakeside Cafe enjoy a sit down dining experience or a takeaway coffee out on the lawn bean bags. A dog friendly spot to walk the pouch, a lap around the lake will take about 20 minutes (pending speed) and allows you to soak up all the changing colour trees. For those of you that are familiar with Orange climate, Autumn is not the month for swimming but you can still enjoy the lovely water views. 

Retail Experiences

A trip to the region is never complete without visiting our boutique shops. Orange is known to have some of the best retail experiences and with the Autumn season in full swing you can be sure to find the most beautiful knits & coats whilst on your visit. For all the antique and homewares lovers we are excited to have Dirty Janes recently open on Byng St.

Our list of shops to visit:

Jumbled, The White Place, Cint Boutique, Hawkes General Store, Dirty Janes, Hartfords Menswear, Blowes Clothing, Mary & Tex & Chaos & Karma.

Winery & Dinning

Enjoy a lovely Autumn day by enjoying great views and a local wine. The perfect excuse to warm yourself up with a glass of cool-climate red wine and a cheeseboard full of local produce. We are spoilt for choice with Wineries in our region, most offering stunning views of the area if you have an afternoon free or want to explore more of the area take a drive out on our Cargo Road or Forbes Road wine trail and stop in at our local cellar doors. You can find a great wine map of the region at our local Visitor Information Centre!

A top dining experience for Autumn is the Union Bank, located on the corner of Sales St & Anson St. Find a table in the courtyard by a heater and soak up the stunning Autumn leaves around and indulge in a delicious share plate menu. 

Looking for more suggestions for your trip to the area? Take a read of our other travel guides on the Book Regional website.

 
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Family-Friendly Activities

A Family-Friendly Guide to Bathurst, NSW

Nestled in the heart of New South Wales, Bathurst is not only rich in history and natural beauty but also a haven for families seeking memorable adventures. In this family-friendly guide, we’ll explore the best kid-approved activities and places that make Bathurst an ideal destination for an unforgettable family getaway.

Bathurst Adventure Playground

 Let the little ones run wild at the Bathurst Adventure Playground, a haven of colorful slides, swings, and climbing frames. This expansive playground offers age-appropriate equipment for all, ensuring that every child can enjoy a day of outdoor play in a safe and engaging environment.

Durham Street & Hope Street, Bathurst

Historical Fun at Bathurst Goldfields

 Immerse your family in the gold rush era at Bathurst Goldfields, where kids can experience living history. Try gold panning, explore the old schoolhouse, and take a ride on the stagecoach. This interactive attraction combines education with entertainment, making history come alive for young minds.

428 Conrad Straight, Mount Panorama

The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

Uncover the mysteries of the Earth’s history at The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum. Marvel at ancient fossils, sparkling minerals, and even a T-Rex skeleton named ‘Big Al.’ The museum offers an educational yet captivating experience for curious young minds.

224 Howick Street, Bathurst

Machattie Park: A Green Oasis for Family Relaxation

 Take a leisurely break at Machattie Park, where families can enjoy a peaceful picnic amidst beautiful gardens, a duck pond, and a charming rotunda. The park also features a playground for the little ones to burn off some energy while parents unwind.

William & Keppel Street, Bathurst

Bathurst Observatory Research Facility

Inspire budding astronomers with a visit to the Bathurst Observatory Research Facility. The observatory hosts family-friendly stargazing nights, providing a unique opportunity to explore the wonders of the night sky and spark an interest in astronomy.

6 Priors Ln, Billywillinga

Exploring Bathurst by Heritage Walk

Make learning fun by exploring Bathurst’s history through the Heritage Walk. Wander through the charming streets and discover historical landmarks, monuments, and buildings. Turn it into a scavenger hunt for the kids, encouraging them to spot unique features and learn about the town’s past.

Bathurst, NSW, is a treasure trove of family-friendly activities, combining education with entertainment and outdoor adventures. Whether your family is exploring the animal kingdom at the zoo, discovering the region’s gold rush history, or simply enjoying the natural beauty of parks, Bathurst offers a diverse range of experiences for families of all sizes. Embrace the joy of discovery and create lasting memories with the ultimate family-friendly guide to Bathurst.

 
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The Best Pubs & Bars in Bathurst, NSW

The Victoria 

The Victoria Hotel in Bathurst, NSW, is a hidden gem and a local favorite tucked away on Keppel Street. With its laid-back atmosphere and friendly staff, this pub offers a perfect setting for a casual drink with friends. Whether you’re in the mood for a game of pool, a selection of beers, or simply soaking in the authentic community vibe, The Victoria stands out as a welcoming and cherished establishment in Bathurst. Discover the charm of this local haunt, where every visit promises a genuine and relaxed experience.

3 Keppel Street, Bathurst

The George Hotel

The George Hotel in Bathurst, NSW, is an iconic establishment exuding historic charm and character. Established in 1853, this pub offers a unique blend of heritage and warmth. With a cozy ambiance, an extensive drink menu featuring a selection of beers on tap, and hearty pub fare, The George Hotel provides a timeless experience. Step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich history of Bathurst while enjoying a drink or a meal at this beloved local landmark.

201 George Street, Bathurst

The Church Bar

The Church Bar in Bathurst, NSW, is a distinctive venue that seamlessly merges historical architecture with modern flair. Housed in a converted church, this bar offers a unique and captivating atmosphere. Guests can enjoy a diverse selection of beverages, including craft beers and specialty cocktails, within the stunning backdrop of the church’s original features. With its chic interior and a commitment to creating a memorable experience, Church Bar stands out as a must-visit destination in Bathurst, inviting patrons to savor both the spirits on offer and the historical charm of this one-of-a-kind establishment. A great place for lunch or dinner with their delicious wood fired pizza menu!

1 Ribbon Gang Lane, Bathurst

The Rockley Pub

Recently revamped by the Australian food icon Matt Moran, The Rocky Pub is a half-hour drive from Bathurst offering a lovely country pub experience! With two dining areas and a outside verandah this pub is a perfect option to take the family or to even celebrate a special occasion. The menu features Australian pub classics with a twist of fine dining with a selection of great beers on tap.

2 Budden Street, Rockley

 

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