Mount Canobolas exerts a complex and powerful cultural, social and economic force upon the Orange Region. For those who live and work on its slopes to those who see it every day there is an influence that goes beyond its rich volcanic soils. There are several excellent walking tracks and lookouts. It is an indicator of the weather, a beacon for aircraft, an important nation broadcast point, and a focus for the region.
Orange Region’s first commercial winemakers were Stephen and Rhonda Doyle who started Blooodwood in 1983.
Canobolas dominates the city both geographically and by its weather and in a gentle way, the lives of all that live in view of the mountain.
Canobolas comes from two Aboriginal words ‘coona’ and ‘booloo’ meaning two heads or two shoulders’.
It snow on Mount Canobolas several times a year. There has been snow in November in 2008.
The volcanic soils have enable the region to be one of Australia’s premier fruit-growing districts.
Mount Canobolas Regional Park
The mountain has many moods and a local favourite seeing fog develop in the swirling clouds on the subalpine peak with the lights glowering from the transmission towers that dot the peak.
400 different organisations who the towers on the mountain including every Government agency and is used by NASA.
The subalpine island of vegetation on the mountain’s top holds flora and fauna species found nowhere else.
Hundreds of people lived on the mountain during the Great Depression growing their own foods.
Mount Canobolas is the key to the rise of Orange as a premier winemaking region.
There is no other area in Australia with the high elevation remote from the sea making for the idea cool climate for quality wines.
ABOUT MOUNT CANOBOLAS
Mount Canobolas is 1,395 metre (4577 ft) above sea level
One if the highest mountains in the Central West
It is an extinct shield volcano that last erupted about 11 to 13 million years ago.
Mt Canobolas is an inspiration for creatives from around the region.