Orange Visitor & Travel Guide


Canowindra is an interesting and historic small village just over half an hour west of Orange and 20 minutes north of Cowra. It's historic bendy main street has changed little over the years and has been used for many period movies and television series. One exception to "period" is an episode of the British detective series Morse. The village's commercial areas are listed by the National Trust as a Heritage Conservation Area.
Of great interest is the area's ancient history in its Devonian period fish fossils. A discovery in the 1950s of 360 million years ago fish fossils nine kilometres south-west of town has seen the establishment of the world-famous Age of Fishes Museum and the Canowindra site being listed as part of Australia’s National Heritage because of its international scientific importance.

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  • Discover ancient fossil history at the Age of Fishes Museum
  • Taste some special quality wines when you visit a collection of cellar doors
  • Take scenic hotair balloon flight
  • Walk along the twisty heritage-listed main street and discover interesting shops and galleries
  • Walk across the swinging bridge across Belubula River in the grounds behind the Main Street.
  • Taste the local vintage wines
  • Explore the collection of interesting shops
  • Enjoy a barista coffee and some buy some local produce


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Moorbel Market
First Saturday each month. 8am to 12 noon.

Canowindra Balloon Challenge

Canowindra Balloon Challenge - 19-29 April 2019

Each year the skies above Canowindra come alive with the roar of the burners and visual spectacular provided when mass hot air balloons take flight in competition, joy and commercial flying.
During the Canowindra Balloon Challenge, the town receives over 10 thousand visitors to see the balloons. The wide open spaces, ideal weather conditions, and friendly local people make this an ideal area for hot air ballooning.
Click to see and download program

Canowindra@home 100 Mile Dinner - March
Canowindra Show - September

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Long after the age of fishes, Canowindra's European settlement begun as early as 1829. In 1831 James Collits had established himself on land at ‘Canoundra’.
Soon after the settlement was formed grew in an unplanned manner around the 1849 Canowindra Inn. Gaskill Street, the winding main street, is evidence of lack of formal planning and has become part of Canowindra's charm.
Over the years Canowindra attracted the interest of wanted and unwanted visitors including bushranger Ben Hall, his gang and Johnny Gilbert, who in 1862 took over Robinson’s Hotel. They took the town’s residents hostage for a three-day-long celebration. Folklore says that the gang treated their hostages well and even covered the expenses of their party. Today the Royal hotel stands on the site of the Robinson Hotel of their spree.


> Canowindra has a population of just over 1,500 and was established in 1844 and the first Post Office was built in 1844
> Not long after in 1863 famous bushranger Ben Hall held up the whole town - twice!
> Canowindra is a typical sleepy country town whose people are proud and supportive of their community.
> The twisty heritage-listed main street has been used for many period film shoots and even > a featured in an episode of Morse.
> The yearly hot-air balloon festival is ranked as one of the top hot-air balloon events in the world and attracts international competitors and visitors.

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Orange 60km
Bathurst 106km
Cowra 32km
Dubbo 178km
Canberra 220km
Sydney 315km


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Canowindra International
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  • The region has over 46 wineries and cellar doors for you to visit. Here we showcase some of the cool climate wines that are making the region famous. At many cellars doors, you will be able to meet the winemaker and hear of their passion for their wine and of our region. They will explain how our unique combination of altitude, cool climate, soils and topography provides Orange Region wines a unique point of difference.
  • It has attracted the rich and famous and those looking to escape life on the coast. Over the years it has welcomed Banjo Paterson, Henry Lawson, Fred Hollows and Dame Mary Durack and many more. You should see why!
  • Visit NSW and discover the states cities, towns and regions. Sydney Visitor Guide, Orange Region Visitor Guide, Bathurst Visitor Guide, North Coast, South Coast, Hunter, Central Coast and Country. Accommodation, events, shopping restaurants and more.
  • I don’t know if it is the altitude or the attitude but food does taste better in Orange. And if you marry your taste buds to a local wine such as Colmar Pinot Gris or a Brangayne Shiraz you will be in for a great food experience.
  • In Orange city and in the region, there are a plethora of amazing cafes. Some have recently opened, and there are many more on the horizon and the best of the original pioneers just get better.
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