The power that dominates the landscape.

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 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.



  • 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 which last erupted about 11 to 13 million years ago.

Photo Brian Yap ©

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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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