Travel Guide: Best things to do around Orange with kids!

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Planning a getaway to Orange and looking for things to do with the kids while you’re there? You’re in luck! Orange has lots of fun to offer families. From kid-friendly dining, an adventure playground and aquatic centre, there’s also lots of beautiful mountains, lakes, caves and nearby villages to explore.


If you’ve not yet booked your accommodation, be sure to take a look at the fabulous options in our Orange Accommodation Guide for some stunning houses in the countryside or cottages in the town centre.


Parks & Playgrounds in Orange

Orange Adventure Playground

The Orange Adventure Playground is a fun-loving oasis for all kids, including those with special needs. There’s plenty of options for climbing, swinging, sliding and running with shaded seating for supervising parents. This community built playground includes many delightful themed constructions including a farm tractor, rock wall, tree house and a rocket ship. There are also barbecues, picnic shelters and a bicycle road-safety course.

The picturesque Orange Botanic Gardens are right next door too, for some extending walks and bird watching.

Orange Botanic Gardens

Right beside the Adventure Playground, you’ll find the beautiful Orange Botanic Gardens. Set across 17 hectares, these beautiful gardens feature an impressive native and exotic plant collection. Enjoy a family picnic, relaxing stroll, bird watching or simply relax and soak up the wonderful scenery and district views.

Cook Park

Cook Park Orange Lake

Enjoy the ducks and a play at Cook Park

Kids (and big kids!) will love a visit to Cook Park, 4.5 hectares of parkland in the heart of Orange. Built alongside Summer Street, the park embodies the seasonal colours of Orange. Cook Park was laid out in a traditional Victorian design with straight paths and rows of trees, and much of the original design is still in place. You’ll find beautiful trees, a pond and some play equipment, plus a rotunda where bands can be heard.

Attractions

Orange Regional Museum

The Orange Regional Museum is perfect for kids! You’ll discover exhibitions on a variety of themes including, settlement of the region, mining, the built environment, agriculture, migration and significant events and individuals from the local area. They also hold plenty of fun activities for kids during the school holidays.

Orange Aquatic Centre

Kids can swim all year round at the indoor Orange Aquatic Centre. Its features a heated outdoor 50 metre pool,  indoor 25 metre pool (heated to a balmy 28 degrees all year around), heated children’s leisure pool with water features and diving pool with two diving boards and 10am tower. Fun to visit any time of year!

Orange Farmers Market

Orange Farmers Markets

Pick up fresh produce and gourmet delights at the Orange Farmers Markets

On the second Saturday of the month, head to the Orange Farmers Markets for lots of gourmet delights and tastings. Get there early as the good stuff does sell out! Entry is a gold coin donation to Rotary Club.

Natural Attractions

Mount Canobolas

Mount Canobolas waterfall

Bushwalk to this beautiful waterfall at Mount Canobolas

Drive out to Mount Canobolas for sweeping views of the Central West and beautiful walks. Along the way, you’ll pass cafes, vineyards and fruit picking places too. Mount Canobolas is 1,395 metres high and you might see snow in winter! This is a ‘must visit’ with the kids!

The Federal Falls Walk is great for kids who enjoy bushwalking. It mostly easy but can be challenging in sections. The reward is a beautiful waterfall. It’s 4km, and takes 1-2 hours.

Lake Canobolas

Lake Canobolas Orange

Lake Canobolas, Orange

Visiting Lake Canobolas is a must-do with kids when in Orange. Situated near the foot of Mount Canobolas lies Lake Canobolas, a beautiful, tranquil lake which supports a range of activities with the changing of the seasons – like cycling, sailing, canoeing, walking, swimming, triathlons and dragon boating. Kids will love the Apex Adventure Playground on the eastern bank, and you can also grab a bite of lunch from the Lakehouse kiosk.

It takes about 30 minutes to stroll around the lake. On a hot day you can swim in the lake (but there are a few weeds!).

Borenore Caves

Verandah Cave

Verandah Cave

A truly memorable thing to do with kids in Orange, is a visit to the Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve. After a picnic or barbecue lunch, explore the reserve’s walking tracks and ancient caves. If you’re heading out to Heifer Station for wine tasting, be sure to stop by the Borenore Caves (Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve) along the way. 

  • Arch Cave – this is the closest and only a short walk.
  • Verandah Cave – Take the easy walk from Borenore picnic area to Verandah Cave, where you can explore its limestone outcrops and pools of water in Borenore Karst Reserve. 7km return.
  • Tunnel Cave – You’ll pass this on the way to Verandah Cave

Warning: Pack a torch (even during the day!) as it can be very dark and there are some deep holes.

Eating Out in Orange

The Union Bank

The Arthouse Bar & Courtyard at The Union Bank

The Arthouse Bar & Courtyard at The Union Bank, Orange

When it’s time to eat in Orange, you’ll want somewhere that’s child-friendly, Established in 1857, The Union Bank is almost as old as Orange itself! The Union Bank has a long history of delighting wine and food connoisseurs alike, and showcases everything great about Orange. It’s in a beautiful restored building with gorgeous outdoor courtyard, with a range of wines and restaurant meals offered.  is the perfect relaxed place for eating and drinking. Walk in’s only so get in early to get yourself a seat in the sun.

      The Ophir Hotel

      The Ophir Hotel is a relaxed, family-friendly pub, bar and restaurant in Orange that is completely set up for families. You will find a range of kid-friendly amenities, including a giant playground for kids to burn some energy while they wait for their food. Inside, you will find books, toys and colouring-in kits to keep little hands busy. There’s also a parents’ room and plenty of pram access. There’s even a delicious kids menu full of great choices they will love.

      The Greenhouse of Orange

      The Greenhouse Oranage

      Sunset views at The Greenhouse rooftop

      Looking for family-friendly dining in Orange? The Greenhouse of Orange is located on the rooftop of the Orange Ex-Services’ Club, in the heart of Orange, and it’s a modern dining option with a large play area for kids. Tick! It’s open daily for lunch and dinner, and breakfast on Sunday! Or just enjoy a coffee or cocktail. There’s a Pizza Bar, Street Food Kitchen.

      The Agrestic Grocer

      The Agrestic Grocer

      The Agrestic Grocer for dining or groceries

      An old orchard shed renovated as a cafe and local produce shop. Great rustic setting but don’t expect quiet! Can get busy so book if you can or take a punt (KF). They also have live music some nights, with delicious food with ingredients sourced locally.

      Factory Espresso

      Possibly the best coffee in Orange! You can eat in as well. Gets great reviews! Kids will love the cute hot chocolates in bear glasses. Bookings not required.

      YoYoba Frozen Yoghurt Bar

      If you love frozen yoghurt, then you’ll love this Frozen Yoghurt Bar! Perfect for a healthy(ish) morning or afternoon treat. There’s usually six flavours to choose from, and you can pick your own toppings.

      More cafes, bars & restaurants around Orange… 

      • Lolli Redini – if you have time to enjoy a night without the kids, or have older kids who might be up for a bit of fine dining, Lolli Redini is the elegant locale for seasonal, thoughtfully sourced Italian & French cuisine, plus wine & cocktails.
      • Anything Grows – nursery and cafe, cute courtyard to sit in if it’s opened again). If not, grab a takeaway and wander to Cook Park across the road.
      • Racine Bakery – a little hole-in-the-wall takeaway place that makes the best croissants and sourdough
      • Byng St Cafe, Coffee by Omar and Factory Espresso are great cafes!
      • Ferment Wine Bar
      • Mr Lim’s for relaxed, yum food, karaoke mic gets passed around at 9pm on a Friday & Saturday night
      • Charred
      • Spilt Milk – really good gelato with seasonal produce. If the kids deserve a treat, the honeycomb gelato here is out of this world!
      • Fiorinis (near Nashdale) – BYO rustic Italian place run by a great Italian couple

      Wine Tasting around Orange

      Heifer Station

      Heifer Station Winery is the the most child-friendly wine tasting in the Orange region, as it features a petting zoo and farm and lots of open space for the kids to explore! Heifer Station Vineyard is located on the volcanic basalt slopes of Mt. Canobolas.

      Heifer Station vineyard enjoys a near-perfect balance of elevation and sunshine, perfect for growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Shiraz. Be sure to book your one-hour tasting in advance (and be sure to order the incredible cheese platter too!).

      Ferment

      Housed in a carefully preserved heritage building (with a nice warm fire!), Ferment the Orange Wine Centre showcases wines from Orange and the Central Ranges of NSW from wineries that don’t have their own cellar door. Guests are invited to experience a wide range of local wines through cellar door wine tastings. Do a wine tasting, or have a glass! Cheese platters available too.

      • Address: 87 Hill Street, Orange
      • Open: Monday to Saturday: 11 pm – 9pm (wine tastings close 5pm, bar and sales open until 9pm)
      • Ferment website

        Angullong Vineyard Cellar Door

        Angullong Wines

        Visit this beautiful bluestone cellar door in Milthorpe

        Angullong is a family owned wine company from the premium high elevation, cool climate wine region of Orange. Angullong’s bluestone cellars, located in the picturesque village of Millthorpe, was built in the late 1800s as stables to the adjoining hotel. Their wine tastings are intimate and relaxed, with a wide range of lovely wines.

        • Address: Cnr Park & Victoria Streets, Millthorpe
        • Cellar Door Open: 7 days, 11am-5pm
        • Angullong website

          Visit Millthorpe

          Escape to the delights of Millthorpe, a beautiful heritage-listed village located in the Orange Wine Region. Millthorpe is a step back to the 1900s with a contemporary edge. Cobbled, bluestone-lined streets border relatively unchanged 19th century buildings, many now housing fine dining restaurants, arts and antiques, a museum, boutique shops, hotels, wine tasting and or boutique accommodation.

          Playground

          There’s a huge playground, oval and skate park just on the edge of Millthorpe (as it’s such a small village, it’s just a 5 minute leisurely stroll from the centre). Hours of outdoor fun, guaranteed, for toddlers through to teens!

          Old Mill Cafe

          Brunch or lunch at the Old Mill Cafe, where you’ll discover a delicious range of cakes and treats. Their signature lunch dish is a Beef & Shiraz Pie! Light meals with light pricing. Their outside garden is lovely in nice weather. Bookings almost essential on weekends unless you want to wait as it gets very busy.

          Millthorpe Chocolate Cafe

          Millthorpe Chocolate Cafe

          Millthorpe Chocolate Cafe

          Love Chocolates? Then you’ll love the Millthorpe Chocolate Cafe at the old Railway Station. Sit down and enjoy a cup of REAL hot chocolate (or coffee, if you prefer), pastries, cakes, ice cream or hand-made chocolates from the finest Belgian Chocolate. Or go all out with a High Tea!

          Millthorpe Hotel

          Want a relaxed meal in a pub? Millthorpe Hotel is located in the heritage town of Millthorpe and provides an establishment where you can relax, enjoy a great meal and have a drink. Head to The Railway Hotel (Thu-Sun) next to the Millthorpe railway station – you need to book Fri/Sat nights as it’s popular with the locals for steaks and burgers. Kid friendly!

          Tonic

          If you’re looking for a fine dining experience (and have someone to look after the kids), Tonic is a must-dine! It’s both an icon and an asset to the quaint village of Millthorpe. Renowned Chef Tony Worland and his family established Tonic in 2003 with a view to provide a level of fine dining experienced only in our major cities. The vast menu centres around an array of fresh local produce, paired with a list of local award winning wines. Whether it is for a special occasion, or Saturday dinner, Tonic prides itself on delivering a level of service that will have you savouring every mouthful. Bookings essential.

          • Address: Corner of Pym and Victoria Street, Millthorpe
          • Open: Thursday, Friday & Saturday for Dinner | Saturday & Sunday for Lunch
          • Tonic website

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