Orange is a city in the Central West region of New South Wales. It is approximately 260 kilometres west of Sydney and has an estimated city population of about 39,000.
Significant attractions within and surrounding Orange include Mount and Lake Canobolas, Cook Park, The Botanic Gardens, The Orange Civic Theatre and The Orange Regional Gallery. Mount Canobolas has a peak elevation of 1,395 metres and gives commanding views of the district. Cook Park is 4.5 hectares in size and embodies the colours of Orange.
Orange and its fertile country generate delicious local produce including beef, lamb, fruits and wine. As a well known fruit growing district, Orange produces apples, pears, and many stone fruits such as cherries, peaches, apricots and plums. In recent years, a large number of vineyards have been planted
in the area for rapidly expanding wine production. The growth of this wine industry, coupled with the further development of Orange as a gourmet food capital, has ensured Orange's status as a prominent tourism destination.
Cadia gold mine is a large open cut gold and copper mine located about 20 kilometres south of Orange. The mine has been developed throughout the 1990s and is a major employer in the region with an expected lifespan of several decades. Cadia is the second largest open-cut mine in Australia, following the Super Pit at Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.
There are many schools in Orange. Orange is also the home of one of the campuses of Charles Sturt University (CSU). CSU is a major provider of regional tertiary education as well as national and international distance education. CSU also has campuses in Wagga Wagga, Albury, Dubbo, Bathurst and Ontario (Canada).
Orange was once called Blackman's Creek, but was renamed in honour of Prince William of Orange. Orange is well-known as the birthplace of one of Australia's most famous bush poets, Banjo Patterson.
For further information on Orange, visit Orange Council at http://www.orange.nsw.gov.au/