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Orange is 261 km, or a 3 1/2 hour drive west from Sydney, and has a population of about 38 000. Interestingly, the region does not grow oranges, but half of the entire NSW apple crop instead. This city received its name in honour of the Prince of Orange, but was originally known as Blackman's Swamp. Orange is the largest city in the central western district of NSW, lying west of the Great Diving Range, and along with apples, produces wool, wine, lamb, and venison.
Orange was settled in the 1820's, and has many beautiful historic buildings making up street scapes. Visitors to Orange can enjoy a vast array of foods and wines, natural beauty, heritage walks, parks, gardens, and the arts. Orange is known as the Colour City because it has 4 very distinct seasons, which can be admired any time of the year at the Botanic Gardens.
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Orange Frost Fest is a week long music and arts festival celebrating winter in Orange. All aspects of arts and music are covered in this festival including fashion, film, education and sport. This festival is held annually in the first week of August. In keeping with the winter theme, visitors will have the chance to sample the cool climate wines of Orange at the many events.
Orange F.O.O.D Week. May sound like carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes but in fact it is actually F.O.O. D. Week which stands for the 'Food of Orange District'. This festival runs for 10 days and is normally held in April. Orange is considered to be the food basket of NSW and this festival allows producers to showcase their fine foods and local produce. The festival has everything from cooking demonstrations, farm gate tours, wine tasting, picnics, music, cabaret and the Colour City Cup race meeting. Over 60 events held in cafes, markets, kitchens, cafes and restaurants, are used to showcase the region's wines, fruits, lamb, beef and venison.
Orange Winefest is held each spring in October and runs for a week. Apart from local Orange wine tastings, there are art shows, produce markets and live music, along with fine lunches and dinners. Events include winery tours, art painted on wine bottles by local artists, and the Orange Wine Show. Orange wines on sample include Shiraz, Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Viognier.
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Flights: Orange Airport is serviced by Rex Airlines with 4 flights Monday to Friday between Orange and Sydney and 2 flights daily on a Saturday and Sunday.