Paddock To Plate

Explore the Orange Bathurst Region of NSW

Let's take a look at the place Matt Moran calls his second home - the Orange and Bathurst region of NSW.

• Population: Orange 39,000. Bathurst 37,000.

• Despite Orange’s name it does not grow citrus fruits. The Orange region is actually known for its apples and cherries.

• Orange was named by Sir Thomas Mitchell in honor of Prince William of Orange, with whom he served during the Peninsular War in Spain and who later became the King of Holland.

• It was the discovery of gold that brought about the growth of Orange, and like many towns born in this era, several landmark buildings remain.

• Trivia: Banjo Paterson was born on a property near Orange in 1864. He only stayed there for a short time as a baby before the family moved to their grazing property near Yass.

• Mount Canobolas stands just outside of the city, and reaches 1,395m. It is the highest peak in a straight line between the Blue Mountains and Perth.

• Orange has embraced the “100 Mile diet” concept, which encourages locals and visitors to experience produce which has been grown or made within 160kms. It’s a movement that promotes sustainability, economic prosperity, and teaches city dwellers the joy of eating seasonally and locally.

• Orange is perfectly suited to the 100 Mile eating experience because their bounty includes meat, fruit, berries, vegetables, nuts, cheese, milk, eggs and even truffles. And lots of wine.

• Orange is one of the highest altitude wine regions in Australia.

• Due to the higher altitude (Orange is 863 metres, Bathurst 704 metres) the area enjoys four distinct seasons. The volcanic soil around Mt Canobolas also makes it an ideal agricultural region because of the mineral-rich soil.

• The temperate summers are also ideal especially for the fruit grown in the area. If temperatures get too high (over 35C) it has been known to kill the apple crops. The winters are crisp and cold (sometimes with snow) with average maximums of 10.6C and minimums of 0C.

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