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What are the best things to do in Orange?
Tour the Vineyards
Orange is quickly emerging as one of Australia’s newest and most exciting wine regions. It’s home to more than 60 vineyards and has the highest altitude of any other Australian wine region. Visitors can sample a wide variety of cool-climate wines at the various vineyards and cellar doors, with acclaimed varietals including sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir. Book onto a guided tour around some of the top wineries while holidaying on flights to Orange, or hire a car and visit a few vineyards on your own. Just make sure someone in your group is happy to be designated driver.
Visit Ophir Reserve
Australia’s first Gold Rush took place about 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) northeast of Orange after gold was discovered in 1851. Head to the Ophir Reserve to learn about this piece of local history while holidaying on cheap flights to Orange. You won’t find a museum onsite – the reserve looks much like it did when the final gold panners left – which adds to its rugged and authentic charm. Hike an 8-kilometre (5-mile) loop trail around the reserve, view some of the old gold mining shafts, and try your luck searching for gold in Summer Hill Creek and Lewis Ponds Creek.
Hike Mount Canobolas
Mount Canobolas is a dormant volcano in the Brigooda-Oberon area of the Great Dividing Range. See the mountain and enjoy the many activities on offer at Mount Canobolas State Conservation Park, including bird watching opportunities and several hiking trails. Hike to the summit of Mount Canobolas for one of the best views you’ll come across while holidaying on flights to Orange. Other trails in the park lead to views of the volcano and landmarks like Federal Falls and Hopetoun Falls.
When is the best time to visit Orange?
The summer high season is the most popular time of year to travel on return flights to Orange. While the daytime temperatures reach about 25° to 27°C, you may also want to pack some layers if you book airfare to Orange for a summer getaway as the evenings can cool to about 12°C. Fruit picking is a popular activity among summer visitors, as cherries and stone fruits like peaches and apricots grown in nearby orchards.
Autumn is another excellent time to book tickets to Orange as your trip will coincide with grape harvesting season and vibrant autumn foliage. The bright autumn colours have even led to Orange being nicknamed ‘Australia’s Colour City’. Plan for temperatures with highs of about 15° to 23°C and lows of 5° to 11°C.
Winter gets cold in the Central Tablelands with high temperatures of about 10° to 12°C and lows of about 2°C. There’s some rain during the winter and also the chance of snow. Winter is a good time to book airfare to Orange if you’re looking to avoid large crowds or snap up a deal on a hotel room as accommodation tends to be its cheapest during this season.
The region gets busier in the spring as temperatures start to warm up. Spring temperatures reach highs of about 15° to 22°C and lows of 5° to 10°C. Pay a visit to the Orange Botanic Gardens to see the colourful collection of flowers in bloom.
What is the cost of visiting Orange?
Webjet offers a variety of accommodation options to accompany your cheap flights to Orange. Many hotels cost between $150 and $200 NZD per night, and you can also find budget options starting at about $75 NZD per night.
Having access to a car is the best way to explore the region around Orange. You can reserve a car through Webjet for rates starting at about $65 NZD per day and pick the car up from Orange Airport (OAG) upon arrival. The city also operates a public bus that you can catch while holidaying on flights to Orange. A single ride adult ticket costs $2.30 AUD ($2.50 NZD), or you can purchase a day pass for $5 AUD ($5.40 NZD).
Visitors holidaying on return flights to Orange can take advantage of several free attractions. A few to have on your radar include Ophir Reserve, Orange Regional Gallery, and Orange Regional Museum. The Central Tablelands is also home to an excellent selection of vineyards that you’ll have access to while holidaying on cheap flights to Orange. A guided wine tour costs about $90 to $120 AUD ($97.15 to $129.55 NZD) per person. Alternatively, you could visit the vineyards on your own where the standard rate for a tasting is $10 to $20 AUD ($10.80 to $21.60 NZD) per person.