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).

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