6 Things to Do in Orange NSW for the Whole Family
The city of Orange in New South Wales is renowned for its natural beauty, being crowned by the stunning peak of Mount Canobolas and having more distinct seasons than much of the rest of Australia. Orange is not just pretty to look at, however—if you have a family to entertain, there’s also plenty to do in and around Orange.
If you’re looking for family friendly things to do in Orange NSW for yourself and your children, check out our recommendations below.
The Orange Adventure Playground is an excellent choice if you have several children who range from older to younger as it offers a variety of equipment (all centring around the theme of imaginative timber play) that has been split into 2 zones for smaller and larger children. There are also play areas which are equipped for special needs visitors. The park’s unique playground attractions include a farm tractor, climbing walls, a tree house, and a rocket.
The Orange Botanic Gardens’ 17 hectares of native and exotic landscaping are sure to fascinate adults, while the Gardens’ many attractive child-friendly features and buildings will keep even young children engaged and interested in the trip. Enjoy a peaceful day out exploring the analemmatic sundial, the historic church building with its heritage rose garden, the orchard, and the homestead garden.
The Aquatic Centre provides a safe swimming haven for families who will delight in its 50 metre heated outdoor pool, heated diving pool (complete with diving boards and a tower), and its comfortable heated indoor leisure pool which includes fun interactive activities suitable for younger children. No matter your family’s ages and swimming skill levels, you’ll all be able to find a place to play at the Aquatic Centre.
You can give your children a fun introduction to bowling thanks to the accommodations of this child-friendly 16 lane family tenpin bowling alley. Orange Tenpin offers light weight bowling balls, ramps, and bumper lanes to ensure that children can bowl easily and safely.
The Hill End Historic Site will make your family feel transported back in time thanks to the care and dedication that’s been put into this replica 1870s gold mining town. Visit the visitor centre and museum, go on a mine tour, then take the children out to try their luck gold panning at the Fossicking Ground and watch their faces light up with mirth as they imagine themselves as prospectors about to strike it rich.
Pinnacle Look Out is great for outdoor enthusiasts and families alike. Pinnacle Look Out is a short walk through World Heritage-listed rainforest. This hike features spectacular 360° views all the way to the coastline, the crater escarpment and to Wollumbin-Mount Warning.The best part is, you can see a free virtual tour of the park on Google Earth.