Orange is a bustling country town with fertile surroundings that produce beef, lamb, fruits, and wine.
The town of Orange has a population of just over 38,000 people, the median age of residents is 37 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 6.5% of the population.
Orange is a city in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. It is 254 kilometres west of Sydney.
Orange is a well-known fruit growing district, and produces apples, pears, and many stone fruits such as cherries, peaches, apricots, and plums. Despite its name, oranges are not grown in the area, since its climate is too cool.
In recent years, a large number of vineyards have been planted in the area for rapidly expanding wine production. The growth of this wine industry, coupled with the further development of Orange as a gourmet food capital, has ensured Orange’s status as a prominent tourism destination.
Orange Regional Airport is a key transport hub for the central west, providing daily passenger services to and from Sydney.
Orange has two railway stations. The main station, on the Main Western Line to Bourke, is served by the daily NSW TrainLink Central West XPT service between Sydney and Dubbo and the weekly Outback Xplorer service between Sydney and Broken Hill.
A smaller station, known as Orange East Fork, lies on the branch line to Broken Hill and is served by the weekly Indian Pacific service to Perth.
NSW TrainLink operates several coach services with connecting train services from Lithgow to Sydney. Australia Wide Coaches operate a daily coach service to Sydney railway station.
Orange Buslines operate a number of routes within the city and a service to the neighbouring city of Bathurst.
The main industries people from Orange work in are:
- Health care and social assistance
- Retail trade
- Education and training
- Public administration and safety
The new Orange Health Service has 200 – 500 beds. In 2011 the old Orange Base Hospital amalgamated with Bloomfield Hospital. It is the largest rural hospital in NSW. The facility provides a range of general, surgical and specialist services, in particular forensic psychiatry and cancer treatment. It is a major teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Sydney and has an emergency department.
Dudley Private Hospital is a 57 bed facility that provides a comprehensive range of medical, surgical, rehabilitation and psychiatric services. The hospital has five operating theatres. Apart from general medical and surgical beds there are 17 licensed rehabilitation beds and a 13 bed mental health unit, known as the Dudley Clinic. The rehabilitation service is equipped with a hydrotherapy pool.
Orange Day Surgery has two operating theatres.
Apple City Family Medicine
Colour City Medical Practice - Dalton Street
Dr David Howe
Orange Aboriginal Medical Service
Orange Family Medical Centre
Orange Health Service
The Wellness House
Orange has a range of public and private schools. There are also smaller schools that surround the town.
There are twelve primary schools and six primary school in the surrounding towns and there are seven secondary schools.
Orange has a campus of Charles Sturt University in Northern Orange and a large campus of TAFE.
For young families there is a selection of Family Day care and Childcare Centres (community & private based) that cater for occasional care, long day care, and preschool.
There is also out of school care to cater for before and after school, school holidays and pupil free days.
Orange has Woolworths, Coles and IGA.
Orange City Centre has Myer and Big W.
There are specialty shops, boutiques shops, Country Target, Harvey Norman and Bunnings.
There are a range of churches in Orange including: Catholic, Anglican, Uniting, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Slavic Pentecostal and Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Orange has many historic buildings and houses as well as Botanic Gardens and Regional Art Gallery.
There are many natural and manmade attractions including Borenore caves, Federal Falls, Gnoo Blas Race Circuit Area, Lake Canobolas, Mount Canobolas lookout, Orange Heritage Trail, Cadia Mine and Narrambla – the birthplace of Banjo Paterson.
Orange has several music clubs which meet regularly. The Orange Blues Club meets at the Victoria Hotel. The Orange Blues Club also hold an annual Blues Music Festival known as the Black Stump Blues Festival. The Orange Jazz Club meets 1st Sunday monthly at the Royal Hotel.