A slice of charming country
The NSW Central West provides quintessential Australian rural scenery, rolling vineyards and delightful country towns that combine colonial style with contemporary energy. The region is also full of agreeable surprises, from great dining to unusual attrac
lemon tarts and macaroons at Le Gall’s Patisserie are out of this world.’’
Also showing eclectic influences is Church Bar (churchbar.com.au), where gourmet wood-fired pizzas are topped with goat’s curd and walnuts, or Chinese five-spice duck.
And Cobblestone Lane (thecobble stonelane.com) resembles a chic Parisian bistro, with the likes of smoked rainbow trout chowder and pot-roasted shoulder of Cowra lamb on the menu, matched with Orange wines.
Even grocery stores such as Country Fruit are a treat.
‘‘ You must visit this showcase of our fresh produce from the region and afar,’’ Le Fevre says.
‘‘ Owner Craig Sharah won the greengrocer of the year title for three years.’’
Pick up Orange apples, Rosnay figs, Trunkey bacon, local relishes and jams and mouth-watering treats from the deli counter for a great taste of Bathurst. More: visitbathurst.com.au Where to drink: Head to the cellar door at Stone Pine Distillery and try berry liqueurs, apple and pear schnapps, and gin flavoured with wild lime. stonepinedistillery.com.au to cycling and walking in the area. Swimming, sailing, kayaking and fishing make Lake Canobolas, just beyond town, a popular local family excursion.
Don’t miss Adventure Playground adjacent to the delightful Botanic Gardens. Swings, slides, tunnels, sway bridges and timber climbing frames suit everyone from toddlers to teenagers.
If you have a 4WD, take a tour along the bush tracks that surround Orange, where you can explore old gold mine settlements around Ophir.
The kids will enjoy still-working Gunadoo Mine, where the eccentric owner takes you into dilapidated workings on the hunt for gold.
If you want to really wow the kids, enjoy an early-morning hot-air balloon ride (aussieballoon trek.com.au) or a helicopter joy ride (helicruz.com.au) across the Orange landscape, which is especially beautiful in autumn. More: www.orange.nsw.gov.au Where to eat Union Bank has a very good wine selection and excellent tapas for adults, while kids will enjoy the fruit sodas, fish and chips and burgers (unionbank.com.au).