Orange – General Information


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.


Gold Rush

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


Getting around:

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.