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Orange is a culturally and historically rich town situated 862 metres above sea-level. It is the native town of two of Australia's most famous poets, Banjo Paterson and Kenneth Slessor. Its economy relies on health services, education, wine-making, mining and agriculture.
If you have the opportunity to explore Orange in your rental car, do not miss these destinations.
Hill End is a former gold mine located near Orange. Visit the mine that was opened during the gold rush in the 1850s. When the gold was all extracted, the economy encountered a dramatic drop, but when Russel Drysdale painted at Hill End his most famous work -- Cricketers - and started living with his friend - Donald Friend - in this location near Orange, the place became rapidly an artist colony of the 1950's. Hill End is classified as a Historical Site and runs a museum of memorabilia depicting the gold rush craze from the 19th century.
Lake Canobolas which is also known as Meadow Creek Dam, was constructed in 1918 and used until the early 1960's as a water supply for Orange. When the water problem was solved, Lake Canobolas was kept as a touristic attraction for history aficionados, who can learn about the history related to the water crisis in Orange.
The Wineries Tour is a tour where you can learn wine making secrets and visit the most important wineries in Orange, and in the area around Orange, which offers a fine selection of wines thanks to the soils, the temperature and climate, suited to grape growing. If you take this tour you will have the chance to visit Patina, Ross Hill, De Salis, Word of Mouth, Belgravia, La Coline, Bloodwood and many more wineries where you can learn about wine tasting and participate in wine tasting of the most famous wines in Orange.