There are some beautiful parks in Orange. Orange, Australia’s colour city is located on the western side of the Great Dividing Range, in the NSW Central Tablelands and is approximately 250km west of Sydney.
Orange was originally known as Blackman’s Swamp. In 1846 Sir (Major) Thomas Mitchell, Surveyor-General of NSW named the town in honour of his friend Willem, Prince of Orange who later became the King of Holland.
Australia’s famous poet Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson was born on the 17 February 1864. On a property near Orange, and is the man who wrote ‘Waltzing Matilda’.
Mount Canobolas is only minutes away from Orange and is an extinct volcano which stands 1,395m above sea level and is the highest point between Sydney and Perth. During winter the peak of Mount Canobolas is frequently covered in snow and as you would imagine the 360 degree views from the summit are absolutely amazing.
Lake Canobolas is a man-made lake and is a beautiful area to enjoy a picnic with family and friends. There is canoeing, sail boating, swimming and fishing on the lake, the picnic area offers barbeque facilities.
There is also the Federal Falls picnic and camping area which is located on Towac Way and there are a number of beautiful bush walks in the area. If you want something a bit more comfortable there are the Canobolas Mountain Cabins which are modern, self-contained pole cabins for hire. This would be an astounding place to have a holiday, relax in the great outdoors and view the bird and animal life. You need to remember in winter this area will be extremely cold and need to bring plenty of warm clothing.
Robertson Park Orange
Robertson Park is one of the parks in Orange, located in the centre of Orange and was named in 1887 after Sir John Robertson. The park sits on the original Blackman’s Swamp creek, which was the towns first water supply.
The park is impressive with its exotic and native trees and a romantic setting for a park wedding. The park has the Sir Neville Howse Memorial, Boer War Memorial, Bandstand, Whitney fountain, Cenotaph and more.
An interesting part of history is the German field gun that is now located at Cook Park, was souvenired by AIF troops during World War I and was positioned at Robertson Park before being relocated in the 1940′s.
The Orange Botanic Gardens
The Orange Botanic Gardens was officially opened in 1988 for the Australian Bicentenary. The gardens sit on 17 hectares of stunning gardens that include exotic and native plants. There is the country walk that starts and finishes at the Clover Hill Centre (named after the original homestead).
The walk takes you through the many different gardens which include the Sensory Garden ideal for anyone with impaired sight or mobility. There is the Winter Garden which of course is magnificent in winter, Low Shrub Garden, Conifer Garden, Eucalypt Woodland and much more.
The walk takes you to the billabong and island and there is a boardwalk to cross. There is an orchard and Orange is an important fruit growing region. Going by the name you would think it was an orange growing region but in fact the crops are apples.
The gardens are an ideal place to go for a picnic, relax and take in the amazing scenery. There is the Orange Adventure Playground which will keep the children amused, barbeque facilities, toilets and dogs are permitted on a lead, which makes for a happy canine.
Cook Park Orange
Cook Park was officially named in 1882 and was named after Captain James Cook. This is another amazingly beautiful park in Orange, with so much to see and do.
There is the Frank Mulholland Memorial Garden, the Avenue of Elm Trees, Fernery, German Field Gun, an Aviary and so much more. There is also a bandstand, the town decided in 1907 to build bandstands at both Cook and Robertson Parks. This park looks like another ideal spot for a park wedding which can be booked through council.
Located in the Bastick Cottage is a group of people who have handcrafted and fresh baked goods for sale. There are picnic tables, toilets and for dog lovers, dogs are allowed on leads.
Parks in Orange
There are many beautiful parks in Orange, to enjoy a picnic with family and friends, celebrate birthdays and arrange family reunions. Parks are also popular for weddings ceremonies, when organising a park wedding it is important to book in advance through council.
Here is a Venture West Tour (4 days) that departs from Sydney and takes in the Blue Mountains, Abercrombie Caves, Sampling wine in the Mudgee region, the beautiful parks in Orange and more.
Here is the Google Map for Parks in Orange scroll north on the map for the Orange Botanic Gardens.
Today’s group writing project is about the word orange. Please have a look at the other topics that incorporate the word orange.