48 hours in Orange, NSW – our whirlwind guide

Orange, NSW is one of those country towns that’s really got layers. In fact, it should’ve probably been called Onion. But if you don’t have time to explore all the layers (or should that be ‘segments’?) of Orange, here’s our 48-hour guide to Orange to get the juices flowing.

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48 hours is never enough time to get to know a destination. It’s barely enough time to collect your luggage from the plane.

However, if that’s all you’ve only got, then those 2 days can create a snapshot for future reference and to get a pretty good sample of what life’s like there.

We’ve been to Orange a few times now, and each visit we’ve discovered something new about it. A new winery, a new bar or restaurant, a new park or café; Orange really does have so much to offer.

Mr & Mrs Romance - 48 hours in Orange

Where to stay in Orange

Until recently the choices of where to stay in Orange have been a bit limited. However, with the advent of AirBnB, choices here are broader. Make sure you check what’s available on AirBnB before anything else.

However, if you’re after a more hotel-like experience, here’s what we know:

Central Caleula Lodge 

This place has recently been renovated and the results are good. Rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable, service is good and there’s even a little bar/restaurant if you want to have breakfast here.

Plus the all-important free wifi!

de Russie Suites

The de Russie has long been Orange’s premium choice of accommodation with bragging rights of being the only boutique self-contained apartment hotel in Orange.

We haven’t stayed here yet but we’re assured it’s of a high standard, with 25 Tuscan style suites.

Mr & Mrs Romance - 48 hours in Orange

Pubs

There are also lots of pubs in Orange. Lots of them. And many of them offer good options with a reasonable price point for a place to lay your head too.

Our whirlwind guide to 48 hours in Orange, NSW

Day 1

  • Arrive in Orange and settle in.

Mr & Mrs Romance - 48 hours in Orange -  Percy's

Day 2

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Orange winery tour

From the Agrestic Grocer, continue on the Mitchell Highway (A32) about 3kms and turn left on Griffin Rd. Bloodwood’s driveway is on your left.

Back on the Mitchell Highway, drive for about 25kms towards Molong.

Turn left on Yuranigh Rd. Printhie will be on your left about 5kms down the road.

While you’re trying the award-winning sparkling they make here or their excellent MCC Shiraz, you can sit on the picnic tables and enjoy the lunch you’ve brought with you from the Agrestic Grocer.

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The longest part of your drive, settle in for a 45 minute journey through the Orange countryside.

Continue along Yuanigh Road, which become the Rutherford Road.

Turn left on Peabody Road, then left again to The Escort Way back towards Orange.

Once you’re back in town, head right down Woodward Road, left on Lysterfield Road and Philip Shaw will be on your left.

Mr & Mrs Romance - 48 hours in Orange - Philip Shaw

  • Bonus winery: If you’re still keen to drive a bit further, definitely keep heading out of town and go down Pinnacle Road to Colmar Estate – one of the highest vineyards in the region.

One of the prettiest cellar doors we’ve ever seen, Patina is also the home of winemaker and absolute gent, Gerald Naef.

20 minutes from Colmar and only 15 from Philip Shaw, Patina is a good one to finish on. and it’s only down the road from Orange town centre too.

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  • Head back into town for a snack or a snooze.
  • If you want to explore the wines of Orange a little more, go to Ferment. This is a wine shop in town that acts as a cellar door to all those little wineries who don’t have one.

You can buy wine by the bottle or the glass, and the tastings are fun to do too.

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Dinner:

This place is always a good idea – and a must for a visit to Orange. It can be a bit busy though, so it’s a good idea to book.

Alternatively, if you want something a little more special, Lolli Redini is a Hatted restaurant offering very high calibre food, wine and service.

Mr & Mrs Romance - 48 hours in Orange - Union Bank

Day 3

  • Explore town on foot
  • Leave for home.

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?  For an unusual but highly recommended alternative to Racine, try and get a spot at the Old Convent for Sunday brunch.

Of course this is only a suggested itinerary for Orange – and there are many more things you can do here… but it’s what we’ll be doing the next time we’re here!

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What do you usually do if you go away for the weekend? Do you have any tips for visiting Orange we haven’t mentioned? Tell us in the comments!

Images by Mrs Romance using an Olympus OM-D E-M10 camera.

6 Comments

  • Orange should have been called Onion… oh, Jim you do crack me up! But in all seriousness, this is such a great guide. I love the way you’ve broken up each day into meals and where to go. Brilliant! Orange looks like a gorgeous place. Another fab Australian wine location to add to the travel list!
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    • Reply July 3, 2015

      Mr Romance

      Thanks Sonia! You’re so kind. I think it’s important to manage food expectations – especially when considering my better half and her hangry moments! Definitely recommend Orange for your list. It’s such a pretty part of the world. 🙂
      Jxx

  • I’ve never been to Orange but at least now I am sorted when I do go. And I love that you scheduled in nap time after all the winery visits!!
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    • Reply July 6, 2015

      Mr Romance

      Nothing beats a nap after a day of winery visits, Malinda!
      Cheers – Jxx

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