The beautiful Orange region of Country NSW boasts a reputation for fresh produce and award-winning cool-climate wines - thanks to Mount Canobolas’ volcanic soils and altitude. You’ll be delighted with the delicious food and wine experiences, parks and recreation in Orange.
Below we have outlined some of the lovely parks and tracks to enjoy during your stay in Orange.
Summits Walking Track
The Summits walking track joins the park’s summits, Mount Canobolas (also known as Old Man Canobolas) and Young Man Canobolas. Traversing between the two mountains and joining up with some of the other tracks along the way.
Spring Glade Walking Track
Spring Glade walking track is an enjoyable track to the summit of Mount Canobolas. It offers a reasonably easy walk. It also connects with several other trails in the area. Spring Glade walking track is good at nearly any time of the year. Be mindful of the weather as it can change quite quickly. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled while bird-watching, as there are sulphur-crested cockatoos and ringtail possums living in Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area.
The area of open space was reserved in 1845, the park was proclaimed in 1873 and in 1882, was officially named in honour of Captain James Cook. Cook Park embodies the changing colours of Orange. Summer brings gardens of stunningly coloured roses. February to April, watch the begonias bloom and in spring, colour arrives with masses of tulips and daffodils.
Nangar National Park
Nestled in the farmlands of the central west are the dramatic peaks and ridges of Nangar, which offers scenic views, bushwalking, birdwatching, camping and picnicking. For the best view in the park, take Mount Nangar walking track from Dripping Rock out across open country and then up a gentle hill. Along the escarpment, birdwatchers may see peregrine or brown falcons and wedge-tailed eagles. On a clear day you can see to Mount Canobolas on the outskirts of Orange.
Lake Canobolas reserve
At the foot of Mount Canobolas is a large tranquil lake, which provides a range of activities with the changing of the seasons. Features include picnic and barbecue facilities, large playgrounds, sailing boats and canoeing on the lake, swimming and fishing. On the eastern side of the lake is the Old Pumphouse, which has been restored to near original condition after being disused for over 60 years. Lake Canobolas, previously known as Meadow Creek Reservoir, was constructed in 1918 to supply water to Orange. A walking track meanders around the lake and is a haven for native birds and other wildlife such as the echidna.
Ophir Recreation Reserve
Located in a beautiful, peaceful gorge where the Summer Hill and Lewis Ponds Creeks converge there is a picnic and camping ground where you can camp for the night on the banks of Summer Hill Creek. There are multiple walking trails and 4WD Tracks for those who would like to explore the old workings and tunnels and you can do a little trout fishing as well.
Ophir is an important site which changed the course of history in Australia in the 19th Century. Little remains of visible habitation, but this is the first place where payable gold was found and goldrush began. Enjoy a great family activity trying your hand and luck at panning for gold. Picnic tables, barbecue facilities and a toilet block are available.