Orange, New South Wales, Australia

New South Wales

Orange is a city in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. It is 254 kilometres (158 mi) west of the state capital,Sydney at an altitude of 862 metres (2,828 ft).Orange had an estimated urban population of 39,755 as of June 2016 making the city a significant regional centre. A significant nearby landmark is Mount Canobolas with a peak elevation of 1,395 metres (4,577 ft) commanding views of the district. Orange is the birthplace of poets Banjo Paterson and Kenneth Slessor, although Paterson lived in Orange for only a short time as an infant. Walter W. Stone, book publisher and passionate supporter of Australian literature, was also born in Orange. The first Australian Touring Car Championship, known today as V8 Supercar Championship Series, was held at the Gnoo Blas Motor Racing Circuit in 1960.  

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Orange is a city in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. It is 254 kilometres (158 mi) west of the state capital,Sydney at an altitude of 862 metres (2,828 ft).Orange had an estimated urban population of 39,755 as of June 2016 making the city a significant regional centre. A significant nearby landmark is Mount Canobolas with a peak elevation of 1,395 metres (4,577 ft) commanding views of the district. Orange is the birthplace of poets Banjo Paterson and Kenneth Slessor, although Paterson lived in Orange for only a short time as an infant. Walter W. Stone, book publisher and passionate supporter of Australian literature, was also born in Orange. The first Australian Touring Car Championship, known today as V8 Supercar Championship Series, was held at the Gnoo Blas Motor Racing Circuit in 1960.  

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In 1822 Captain Percy Simpson marched into the Wellington District and established a convict settlement which was called ""Blackman's Swamp"" after James Blackman; Simpson had employed James Blackman as a guide because he had already accompanied an earlier explorer, John Oxley into that region. In the late 1820s, the surveyor J. B. Richards worked on a survey of the Macquarie River below Bathurst and also of the road to Wellington. On a plan dated 1829, he indicated a village reserve, in the parish of Orange. Sir Thomas Mitchell named the parish Orange, as he had been an associate of the Prince of Orange in the Peninsular War, when both were aides-de-camp to the Duke of Wellington, whose title was bestowed on the valley to the west by Oxley. Initial occupation by British graziers began in late 1829, and tiny settlements eventually turned into larger towns as properties came into connection with the road. In 1844, the surveyor Davidson was sent to check on encroachments onto the land reserved for a village, and to advise on the location for a township. His choices were Frederick's Valley, Pretty Plains, or Blackman's Swamp. Blackman's Swamp was chosen, and it was proclaimed a village and named Orange by Major Thomas Mitchell in 1846 in honor of Prince William of Orange. At nearby Ophir, a significant gold find in Australia was made in 1851, resulting in a sporadic population movement which is known as the Australian gold rush. Additional gold finds in nearby areas led to the establishment of Orange as a central trading centre for the gold. The growth of Orange continued as the conditions were well suited for agriculture, and in 1860 it was proclaimed a municipality. The railway from Sydney reached Orange in 1877. In 1946, 100 years after it was first being established as a village, Orange was proclaimed as a minor city.  

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Picnic at Lake Canobolas, the town's old water supply dam located approximately 15km west of Orange. Lake Canobolas is a recreational area with swimming, walking and a deer park. Pan for gold at the Ophir Reserve, 25km outside Orange, site of Australia's first payable gold discovery. The reserve also has picnic and barbeque areas. Let the kids play at the Orange Adventure Playground. Admission is free, the playground is huge, and the kids will love it. There is a small cafe there for coffee for the adults who don't want to play too. Right next to the Botanic Gardens, just out of town. The French Shoppe, Shop 3, 200 Anson Street.Enjoy a Touch of France in Orange, NSW. The French Shoppe specializes in products sourced directly from France incl. savon de marseille, perfume, umbrellas, ladies footwear, handbags,scented candles,gifts, country style homewares,scarves and both European and Australian made ladies clothing.  

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Like most Australian towns, there is a big drinking culture within Orange, due to the social focus of the local pubs, as well as due to the local wineries.  

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Orange is four hours west of Sydney by car. Travellers would take the Great Western Highway to Bathurst and the Mitchell Highway to Orange. Orange has several public transport links to Sydney operated by CountryLink. There is one direct train service in each direction daily and several bus services meeting Cityrail trains at Lithgow. Train or bus from Sydney usually takes five hours. There are also less frequent Countrylink services from Canberra. Regional Express operates flights from Sydney to Orange and return. Flight time is approximately 45 to 60 minutes.  

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