Mount Canobolas, what does that mean?
Mount Canobolas is an extinct volcano, the name comes from two Wiradjuri words meaning the “two shoulders”. It stands 1395 metres above sea level and offers spectacular 360 degree views from the summit. Picnic and BBQ facilities are available with some great walking trails around Federal Falls, Mount Towac and Pinnacle. Heading west from Mount Canobolas it is all ‘flat’ country till you hit South Africa being approximately 7,000 kilometers
Why is Orange called Orange?
Orange was proclaimed a village in 1846. The area had previously been known as Blackman’s Swamp Creek. Major Thomas Mitchell (Surveyor General) named “Orange” in honour of Prince William of Orange (Holland). Mitchell served under the Prince in the Peninsular Wars against Napoleon.
Ophir, 30kms north east of Orange, was the site of Australia’s first payable gold discovery in 1851. The Gold Rush around the country soon overshadowed Ophir in size and richness, but to Ophir belongs the honour of being the first field where those very Australian words, digger and diggings, were first used. In the same year gold was found at Lucknow and these rich mines were worked for many years, bringing great wealth to the area.
Orange Sister Cities:
Ushiku – Japan
Mount Hagen – Papua New Guinea
Timaru – New Zealand
Orange County – California, USA
Elevation above sea level
863m – Orange
1395m – Mt Canobolas
Driving Time to:
Sydney – 4 hours
Canberra – 3 and a half hours
Dubbo – under 2 hours
Daily return flights to Sydney with Rex Airlines
Taxi Cabs of Orange 131 008
Winery and sight seeing tours 1800 069 466
Population of Orange
Approx. 42,000 (2015)
Major Industries / Employers
Cadia Gold Mine, Electrolux (until 2016 – 2017), Food & Wine Tourism
Medical & Health Services (Orange is a medical hub for the Central West)
Education (Charles Sturt Uni Campus), traditional agriculture and orchards
Does it really snow in Orange?
We can get light falls of snow in town and usually several heavier falls of snow up on the slopes of Mt Canobolas.