The Ultimate Romantic Weekend in Orange
Not every romantic weekend away needs to include beachside cocktails, sunset cruises and clifftop accommodation with ocean views…
Not every romantic weekend away needs to include beachside cocktails, sunset cruises and clifftop accommodation with ocean views…These things can certainly help—but the main objectives are to slow down, connect with your partner, enjoy shared experiences and indulge in good conversation. There are many beautiful parts of Australia where you can do this, but there is just a special something about the Orange region that exudes romance and tranquility. Located just a 3.5-hour drive from Sydney, Orange is home to some of the country’s finest wining and dining and the most beautiful countryside. Plus, it’s just remote enough to make you feel like you’ve been transported to another world.
If you’re planning to whisk your significant other away for a romantic weekend in Orange, we’ve put together the perfect couples itinerary that carries a balance of fun, exploration and utter relaxation.
A quiet Friday night in
Chances are you’ll arrive in Orange on Friday afternoon or evening, so we recommend heading straight to your accommodation for a quiet night in. Take note: your accommodation choice is crucial. It can make or break your weekend—so make sure you choose wisely! The winning formula combines beauty and serenity while catering specifically to couples... And that’s where we come in! Because Lakeview Luxury Couples Retreat has been purpose-built for couples, you’ll enjoy all the small pleasures that come with this type of specialised lodging. Spend your first evening watching the sunset over Lake Canobolas as you indulge in a complimentary hamper filled with local produce. There are no children allowed at Lakeview Retreat, so all you’ll hear are the blissful sounds of the native birds and wildlife that surround the luxury villas. Climb into your luxurious king-sized bed for an early night before exploring your surrounds the following day.
Saturdays are for exploring
Starting the day at Lakeview Retreat is an experience in itself. Enjoy a piping hot cup of coffee from bed or from the veranda as you look over the lake and surrounding countryside. For breakfast, either try one of the many amazing cafes located just a short drive away in Orange, or take a picnic to the Orange Botanic Gardens and eat among the colourful displays of native and exotic trees and plants. Afterwards, drive to one of the many beautiful local orchards to pick your own fruit to take home. We have cherries, apples and a great selection of stone fruits—some of the best produce in Australia is grown in Orange! And no trip here would be complete without visiting one of our famous wineries, so why not book yourselves in for a long lunch at Heifer Station or Philip Shaw wines? Both offer incredible menus showcasing fresh local produce and delicious wine to suit all tastes.
A Sunday in the great outdoors
On your final morning, get up early and brave the stairs at Pinnacle lookout to watch the sunrise over the Towac Valley. You could even take your coffee or breakfast to enjoy while you soak in the views. Afterwards, we recommend the ten-minute drive to the main reserve at Lake Canobolas. The lake offers plenty of activities and your choice may depend on the season. There’s fishing, kayaking or swimming if you’re game—otherwise a walk or cycle around the lake is a great way to explore. And when you return to Lakeview retreat, don’t check out before visiting our growing herd of Highland Cattle. They’re not a common sight in Australia and are one of our most popular attractions; always up for a photo opportunity with our lovely Lakeview guests.
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
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
Great location and spacious place.
Conrad Sinclair, 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
Lovely cabin accommodation near to Orange but in its own secluded spot overlooking Lake Canobolas. Pam is an outstanding host and the welcome pack of locally sourced food is the best we have experienced at self-catering accommodation.
Paul Ibbotson, 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
Beautiful and relaxing place, would definitely recommend.
Dwayne Hawthorne, Google Reviews
Had a wonderful peaceful stay!!! We had stayed initially when Lakeview was building its 2nd villa - always wanted to come back and was finally able to!!! This place is as perfect in 2023 as it was in 2014 - Pam and Trevor have thought about AND included absolutely everything you could possibly...
Nicole Gonano, 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
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