The Best Ways to Spend Easter in Orange

Easter is the perfect time to sneak away for a lovely long weekend in Orange.

You’ll have a whole four days to explore, relax, spend quality time with your special people and do as much or as little as you like. Whether you have children who are chasing the Easter bunny or a partner who is desperate for a quiet weekend away from the city, here are our top five things to do in and around Orange over the Easter break.


1. See the Sculptures by the Bush in Blayney

Every year over the April school holidays, a fun collection of sculptures pops up in and around the small town of Blayney—just a 35-minute drive from Orange. If you’re travelling with children, they’ll adore spending a fun few hours sculpture-spotting, keeping a keen eye out for hay bale art, farm art and scarecrows. Cash prizes are available for the top three sculptures in each category and there’s also a People’s Choice award—so remember to place your vote! Votes can be placed on the Sculptures by the Bush Facebook page and there’s a digital map available on the Blayney Shire Council website to help you make your way around. They can be spotted any time from the 6th to the 30th of April.


2. Pick your own fruit at Hillside Harvest

Cherry season may be done and dusted, but thanks to Orange’s incredibly productive soils, elevation and climate, there are still fun fruit-picking experiences to be found! Popular orchard Hillside Harvest will have juicy, ripe apples and figs in season from March to May. You’ll pay a small entry fee for your fruit picking experience, then everything you pick will be weighed and paid for before you depart. You’re welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy under the shady trees, or to purchase food and drinks at the on-site café. Hillside Harvest is super accessible, just a 15-minute drive from our Orange luxury accommodation.


3. Take a day trip

If you’ve got the whole four-day Easter weekend to spare, you might choose to take a day trip from Orange to one of the nearby towns or attractions. Within a couple of hours’ drive from our luxury accommodation, you’ll find the cities of Parkes and Dubbo, with the latter home to the amazing Taronga Western Plains Zoo. If you prefer to explore some of the nearby historical villages, put Canowindra and Millthorpe at the top of your list. History buffs will adore the historical architecture and centuries-old stories about the people who once called these places home.


4. See the Laurence Edwards exhibition

We mentioned sculptures earlier, but these ones are on a whole different level. The Laurence Edwards Sculpture Exhibition, A Gathering of Uncertainties, comes to the Orange Regional Gallery from February until April—so Easter may just be your last chance to see it. If you haven’t heard of UK sculptor Laurence Edwards, he’s known for his bronze statues that evoke emotion and connection between people and the landscape. His Gathering of Uncertainties exhibition in Orange will be the first time it’s displayed this comprehensively anywhere in Australia.


5. Unwind at Lakeview Couple’s Retreat

If your idea of a lovely long Easter weekend is spent in a tranquil location, enjoying nature and having some well-deserved rest and relaxation, Lakeview Luxury Retreat is the place for you. Our luxury couple’s retreat is situated just outside of Orange with views over the stunning Lake Canobolas. Soak up the flavours of autumn and enjoy the serenity of our child-free Orange accommodation. Enjoy your complimentary gourmet food hamper, watch the local kangaroos, listen to the beautiful birdsong or visit our friendly Highland Cattle. Your five-star villa has everything you need for a memorable Easter getaway with your loved one.

Apples on a tree

Posted by Lakeview Retreat on March 27, 2023