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.
Highly recommend for anyone visiting Orange. The location, cabins and hosts are wonderful. The attention to detail and beautiful food provided make this a "must do" experience for all. What a wonderful 60th birthday present this was for my husband.
Vicky Steinweiss, Google Reviews
5 stars. Lovely location. Beautiful amenities. Quiet and peaceful. Generous local wine and food hamper. Kangaroos. Water view. Cows. Nice walks and wineries close by. We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely return.
Jess, Google Reviews
Beautiful spot perfect for the romantic get away and also for me, alone traveler wanting some down time from the busy office. Quiet and peaceful and only a short drive to town. A luxury cabin with a comfortable bed and beautiful tub to sink into after a day exploring. Even the fridge was full of...
Christine Jones, Google Reviews
Pam and Trevor were very gracious hosts, providing plenty of food for breakfast, snacks, fruit and complimentary wine. The local honey sausages were delicious! The two bedroom villa is very spacious and has a great view of Lake Canobolas. I can’t wait to come back here for another couples...
Jacky Chen, Google Reviews
Excellent accommodation. The rooms are very well appointed and private. We loved the bath. And the food on arrival is a really nice touch. If/when we come back to Orange we'd definitely stay again.
M B, Google Reviews
Lakeview Villa is a wonderful venue for a getaway for 2 couples. The villa has two identical rooms and ensuites on either end of a very well-appointed lounge/dining/kitchen. Pam is so generous and fills the fridge with delectable food as well as a lovely bottle of red and white wine. Your...
Roberta Corben, Google Reviews
Beautiful and relaxing place, would definitely recommend.
Dwayne Hawthorne, Google Reviews
Great location and spacious place.
Conrad Sinclair, Google Reviews
Most amazing weekend stay. A beautiful location, wonderful local food and the owners are incredibly kind and helpful.
Rachel Herman, Google Reviews
Lakeview Luxury Retreat is exactly as its described. Our one bedroom cabin was spotlessly clean, beautifully appointed and full of lovely features, including a gas fireplace, cinema sound TV system, Weber BBQ, underfloor heating in the bathroom and a lovely raised bathtub. The cabin came with...
Audrey Haes, Google Reviews