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With the long weekend ahead, why not head inland?
Orange NSW is about a three and a half hour scenic drive from Canberra. It ticks all the boxes: great cafes, restaurants, cellar doors and boutique homeware stores to rival Moss Vale and Bowral.
Here’s a guide to slicing out 48-hours in Orange.
Day one: Wining and dining
There are over ten wineries in the Orange/Mt Canobolas region and each winery has their own specialities and vibe.
Borrodell Vineyard: Is high-end and not only because you are on one the most elevated wineries in Australia, you can also stay and get pampered at the wineries environmentally sustainable accommodation.
De Salis Winery: With winemakers on site, this winery is all about minimalist wine and is equal parts simple and stunning (feature image).
Phillip Shaw Wines: The grapes for each wine is sourced directly from their 47 hectares Koomooloo Vineyards that you can wander in for hours.
Day two: Hit the town
Breakfast at Byng Street Local Store: Byng Street is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and their menu boast local produce. You have the option of sitting inside the newly expanded café or brunch outside in the cozy courtyard.
After breakfast, walk up the road a little to find your first homewares haunt and my personal favourite, The White Place. If you are a lover of minimalist French provincial/refined boho then ‘White’ is also your new favourite.
Just 50 meters around the corner is Hawkes General Store. Whether you love big reputable brands or boutique pieces, Hawkes has got you covered. It is a treasure trove of stunning pieces and you can easily spend an hour rummaging through this store.
Now take a left (did I mentioned Orange is a great place to get your step count up?) and you’ll find Mary and Tex Curious Emporium which has a great mix of modern and country clothing and furnishing.
Next is The Sonic/Jumbled. This place is the most Instagram worthy space I have ever had the privilege of entering and the cushions, vases, art, coffee and clothing are even more beautiful than the building.
Saving the best for last we find ourselves at Eclectic. The name really sums this joint up as no doubt you’ll walk out with a beautiful brown paper bag filled with a piece you can’t wait to place in your home.
With all these beautiful shops within walking distance stop for a late lunch, at the Village Bake House: Is operated locally by fourth-generation bakers, think amazing breads, good coffee and healthy food options all under a refurbished barn.
Union Bank: Modern Australian Food, live music, a courtyard hugged by a canopy of trees lit by fairy lights, plus good/sizable meals – enough said.