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Canowindra International Balloon Challenge

Orange Visitor & Travel Guide

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.

The event in 2018 will be run over 8 days during the NSW school holidays, 21st to 29th April 2018.

Canowindra Challenge Incorporated
752 Longs Corner Road Canowindra NSW 2804
Email canowindrachallenge@gmail.com
www.canowindrachallenge.org.au
Ph 1300 908 825
Event Location: Canowindra Showground, 199 Rodd Street Canowindra NSW 2804

 

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ORANGE TRAVEL GUIDE

Orange Visitor and Travel Guide. Visit Orange NSW and celebrate the region’s wine and food. Find out here about what to see and do and where to eat and stay. Art Gallery, Bed and Breakfast, Cafes and Coffee Shops, Caravan Parks, Events, Festivals, Guesthouses, Gardens, History, Holiday Cottages, Holiday Parks, Holidays, Hotels, National Parks, Markets, Motels, Museums, Produce, Restaurants, Self Catering, Services, Serviced Apartments, Shopping, Tourism, Tourist Guide, Tours and Drives,Travel, Villages, Wine, Wine Tasting, Wineries. Blayney, Canowindra, Carcoar, Molong, Millthorpe, Ophir, Mount Canobolas, Lake Canobolas, Orange Botanic Gardens, Conimbla National Park, Weddin Mountains National Park. Read More about “ORANGE TRAVEL GUIDE”

Journeys around NSW

  • 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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Canowindra – Orange Region [O.R.]

Orange Visitor & Travel Guide

CANOWINDRA VILLAGE - ORANGE REGION

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.

canowindra photo
Photo by edupov

THINGS TO DO

  • 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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EVENTS

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


Canowindra Balloon Challenge


Canowindra Balloon Challenge - 19-29 April 2019
www.canowindrachallenge.org.au

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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Photo by jemasmith

HISTORY

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.

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Photo by mike from aus

BACKGROUND INFO

> 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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Photo by adambean

LOCATION

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

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National Parks

Featured Region

ORANGE TRAVEL GUIDE

Orange Visitor and Travel Guide. Visit Orange NSW and celebrate the region’s wine and food. Find out here about what to see and do and where to eat and stay. Art Gallery, Bed and Breakfast, Cafes and Coffee Shops, Caravan Parks, Events, Festivals, Guesthouses, Gardens, History, Holiday Cottages, Holiday Parks, Holidays, Hotels, National Parks, Markets, Motels, Museums, Produce, Restaurants, Self Catering, Services, Serviced Apartments, Shopping, Tourism, Tourist Guide, Tours and Drives,Travel, Villages, Wine, Wine Tasting, Wineries. Blayney, Canowindra, Carcoar, Molong, Millthorpe, Ophir, Mount Canobolas, Lake Canobolas, Orange Botanic Gardens, Conimbla National Park, Weddin Mountains National Park. Read More about “ORANGE TRAVEL GUIDE”

Journeys around NSW

  • 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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Molong – Orange Region [O.R.]

Orange Visitor & Travel Guide

MOLONG VILLAGE - ORANGE REGION

Molong is a delightful historic village 20 minutes north of Orange on the Mitchell Highway towards Wellington.
The area is rich farming country producing wheat, sheep, cattle, fruit and wine.
Many of Molong's buildings are classified by the National Trust with some dating from the early 1800s and most are well cared for and restored. We love the row of old shops west of the Yarn Market.
Molong is a popular stoping point for travelers to enjoy a coffee, visit the museum and art gallery, explore the Yarn Market craft cottage and while there, buy some their local homemade produce.

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Freemason's Hotel Molong - Photo by jemasmith

4 Things to enjoy in Molong

  1. Talk a stroll along the broad main street, Bank Street, great little shops and pubs.
  2. Visit the Yarn Market Craft Cottage in Bank Street for crafts and local produce. The olive oil and jams are a must.
  3. Take in local art at Jayes Gallery. Regular shows throughout the year.
  4. Explore the Molong Historical Museum, 20 Riddell Street with its local history displays and exhibitions.

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Sheep Dog Trials, Molong - Photo by puzzlement

Events

Village Markets - quarterly in March, July and September
NSW Sheep Dog Trials - March
Molong Agricultural Show - September
Molong Players Theatre Show - September

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Fields of Canola, Molong - Photo by peter.lavender

History

Molong started out as a police and military outpost and was visited by explorer Charles Sturt in 1828. Sir Thomas Mitchell on his 1864 expedition employed and aboriginal tracker, Yuranigh and they became close friends. His grave is on the Orange side of town and is a rare example of a combined aboriginal and european grave site.

The first copper mine in Australia, Copper Hill, (how original), was just north of the village.

In 1896 Mr Charles Packham first cultivated the now very popular Packham Pear.

Location

Orange 34km
Bathurst 92km
Cowra 96km
Dubbo 205km
Canberra 290km
Sydney 301km

Info

Yarn Market Craft Cottage

79 Bank Street Molong
Ph 02 6366 8260
Open 7 days from 10am to 4.30pm
Operating for forty years it has an extensive range of crafts and gift ideas from local producers, artisans and artists. A good stop for local visitor information.
Email yarnmarketmolong@gmail.com
www.yarnmarketcoachhouse.com

Jayes Gallery

31-33 Gidley Street Molong
Ph 02 6366 9093
Email gallery@jayes.com.au
www.jayes.com.au
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm

Molong Historical Museum

An enterprise of the Molong Historical Society.
20 Riddell Street Molong (P.O. Box 119 Molong NSW 2866)
Ph 02 6362 8960
Email molonghistoricalsociety@gmail.com
www.users.on.net/~quincejam/mhsmuse.html
Open Thursdays 11am to 4pm. Last Sunday of the month 12.30pm to 4pm. Other times by appointment.
Located in the 1856 Golden Fleece Hotel building. Extensive collection of local history.

Yuranigh's Grave

5kms out of town on the Mitchell Hwy towards Orange. Turn right at the sign up a dirt road and into a private paddock. Remember to shut the gate!
MORE INFO

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Telegraph Hotel Molong - Photo by jemasmith


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National Parks

Featured Region

ORANGE TRAVEL GUIDE

Orange Visitor and Travel Guide. Visit Orange NSW and celebrate the region’s wine and food. Find out here about what to see and do and where to eat and stay. Art Gallery, Bed and Breakfast, Cafes and Coffee Shops, Caravan Parks, Events, Festivals, Guesthouses, Gardens, History, Holiday Cottages, Holiday Parks, Holidays, Hotels, National Parks, Markets, Motels, Museums, Produce, Restaurants, Self Catering, Services, Serviced Apartments, Shopping, Tourism, Tourist Guide, Tours and Drives,Travel, Villages, Wine, Wine Tasting, Wineries. Blayney, Canowindra, Carcoar, Molong, Millthorpe, Ophir, Mount Canobolas, Lake Canobolas, Orange Botanic Gardens, Conimbla National Park, Weddin Mountains National Park. Read More about “ORANGE TRAVEL GUIDE”

Journeys around NSW

  • 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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